Nothing good ever comes out of being awake at 5AM, especially not my decision to make a Valentine’s origami box for each member in my university organization. I wasn’t sane—I’d been unable to sleep for hours and had tried everything. I didn’t look at any screens. I tried the 4-7-8 method. Not even my 1,000-page business law textbook could put me under. But I still should’ve known better.
Points I should’ve considered prior to making my decision
- There are 44 people in our org.
- I had less than a week, because next meeting would be our Valentine’s exchange, where we’d put notes and candy in each other’s paper bags.
- A box might be take up too much real estate in a paper bag containing 43 other Valentines.
- Boxes have lids.
- I still want people in my org to like me.
- I’m bad at origami.
Points I actually considered
- I didn’t own any little plastic bags for candy.
I believe origami and anger management are diametrically opposed concepts. I suck at origami because I can never get folded edges to match up perfectly, and paper folding is one of those endeavors in which each marginal mistake you make compounds into one flaming blaze of failure. You start making a penguin, crease a couple times, and all of a sudden you’re holding a used tissue. Maybe you need to pay more attention to where you hypothetically blow your nose or to things in general and that’s why you can’t do origami, but it’s much more obvious to me that origami is just incomprehensible.
Also, the step-by-step images always make perfect sense until they either place too much faith in my intellect and skip several crucial steps or they show pictures that don’t match the instructions.
I followed a masu box tutorial from Spruce Crafts and got stuck on step #16, “assemble the box by lifting the right edge and bending the top layer as shown.”
I squinted at my phone screen, and my sleep-starved brain screamed that if all I was doing was “bending the top layer as shown,” how come the bottom layer didn’t look anything like the picture? Had I done something wrong in #15? The bottom looked like it opened down based on the shadows, but mine was opening up.
Eventually I realized, in different lighting, that the bottom part pointed straight up rather than opening down, and that the demonstrator had gone ahead and folded the bottom as well, without mention. That was why it looked different. I successfully made a box only its mother could love.
… Then I remembered that boxes have lids. And that not all lids are the same size.
These successive realizations almost knocked me out cold, and, still sleep-deprived, I’m kind of sad they didn’t.
Later I realized that just folding half an inch away from the center in #14 would’ve done the trick to make the same thing, just a bit bigger, to serve as the lid so the original “lid” could serve as the box. By then I’d found this easier tutorial for an origami gift box with the same principle.
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