How to Make a Paper Cube
Updated: July 22, 2019
Paper cubes are great to use in art projects or for decoration. There are several ways you can make a paper cube. Folding several pieces of origami paper together is one of the most popular. You can also create a paper cube by drawing and cutting out a template from a single sheet of paper and then gluing it into the shape of a cube.
Folding an Origami Cube

Find 6 sheets of 6 in × 6 in (15 cm × 15 cm) origami paper. If you want to make a larger or smaller cube, just use larger or smaller square sheets of paper. You can find origami paper at most craft stores or online.

Fold 1 sheet of paper in half and open it back up. Grab 1 edge of the sheet of paper and pull it toward the opposite edge. Carefully align the 2 edges together and then press down on the paper to make a fold. Once you’ve completed the fold, reopen the folded paper.

Divide the sheet of paper into fourths by folding the 2 halves in half. After you reopen the folded sheet of paper, you’ll see a crease in its center. Position the crease so that it’s perpendicular to the edge of the table. Then, fold each of the 2 halves in half by bringing the edges to the center crease.

Bring the bottom left corner to the right edge. Flip the folded paper over. Position the paper so that the center opening is facing the table. Keep the center crease perpendicular to the edge of the table. Then, fold the bottom left corner up to the middle of the paper’s right edge. Align the bottom edge of the paper with the right edge and crease it.

Take the top right corner over to the left side of the paper. Fold the top right corner over to the corner made by the left edge and the folded bottom half. The folded paper should now be shaped like a parallelogram.

Fold the top corner down and over to the right corner. This move will fold the tophalf triangle in half. Crease the folded edge tightly.

Move the bottom corner up and to the left. Fold the bottomhalf triangle in half just like you did with the tophalf triangle. Once you crease the fold tightly, you’ll end up with a small square shape.
 It’s okay if the corners of the folded square pop back up.

Repeat all the above steps with the 5 other sheets of paper. Start by folding each sheet of paper in half. Then, continue making the folds until you end up with a small folded square.

Fit the pieces of folded paper together. Slide the end flap of 1 piece of folded paper into the center fold of another piece. Then, slide the end flap of a third piece of paper into the other side of the center fold. Continue adding the other pieces until you have a completed cube.
 Bend the flaps if you need to fit them into the center fold.
Cutting a Cube out of a Sheet of Paper

Use a ruler and pencil to mark a 8 in × 2 in (20.3 cm × 5.1 cm) rectangle. To make a 2 × 2 × 2 in (5.1 × 5.1 × 5.1 cm) cube, use a sheet of paper that is at least 8 inches (20 cm) in length and 6 inches (15 cm) in width. To make a smaller or larger cube, start with rectangle with a length to width ratio of 4:1.
 For example, if you want to make a cube with sides that are 4 square inches (26 cm) in size, draw a 16 in × 4 in (41 cm × 10 cm) rectangle to begin.
 Construction paper is the best type of paper to use when making this type of paper cube, but you can also use standard copy paper.

Divide the rectangle into 4 2 in × 2 in (5.1 cm × 5.1 cm) squares. Use your ruler to measure 2 inches (5.1 cm) down from the top of the rectangle. Then, draw a horizontal line across the rectangle to make the first square. Make 2 other horizontal lines to make the other 3 squares.

Draw a square to the right of the rectangle 2 inches (5.1 cm) from its top. Extend the top 2 horizontal lines across the rectangle 2 inches (5.1 cm) to the rectangle’s right. Then, draw a straight line connecting the ends of the 2 lines to make a 2 in × 2 in (5.1 cm × 5.1 cm) square.

Make a 2 in × 2 in (5.1 cm × 5.1 cm) square on the left side of the rectangle. Draw the square immediately to the left of the second square from the bottom of the rectangle. This square’s top line should be level with the bottom line of the square to the rectangle’s right.

Add flaps to your template. To make a flap, use your ruler and pencil to draw 2 ⁄2 in (1.3 cm) lines that stretch from a square’s 2 corners inward at a 45degree angle, toward one another. Then, connect the ends of the 2 lines with another line. Add flaps to the right side of the 3 top squares, the bottom side of the bottom square, the top and bottom of the square on the left side, and the left side of the top square.

Cut out the cube template. Use a pair of scissors and cut along only the outside lines of your template. Don’t cut along the lines that divide the boxes from one another.
 You should cut out the template in 1 piece.

Fold the template along the lines you drew. Fold each flap inward carefully so that its crease makes an even line. Then, fold the template along the lines separating the squares. Be sure to press each fold tightly to make a crisp crease.

Add glue to each flap as you put the cube together. Hold the glued flap tightly against the corresponding side for several seconds. Once you’ve folded and glued the sides into a cube, leave the cube alone for several minutes to give it time to dry.
Things You'll Need
Folding an Origami Cube
 6 sheets of 6 in × 6 in (15 cm × 15 cm) origami paper
Cutting a Cube out of a Sheet of Paper
 A sheet of paper
 Ruler
 Pencil
 Scissors
 Glue stick
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