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Origami Boxes

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As always, Dover Publications has released an excellent craft book with the usual attention to detail. Clear step-by-step instructions accompany color photos of the finished projects. Introductory pages provide general folding techniques as well as help for choosing paper. Origami enthusiasts will want to make all the eight projects featured: closed boxes, open boxes, a tray, a favor box, and more. Plus, this book comes with 200 sheets of beautiful papers so you have everything you need to get started. Five stars.
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What a beautiful book!  The boxes that you can create with the help of these gorgeous pictures and clear instructions are amazing.  Fair warning - these projects are not for beginners, as my niece discovered.  I had a great time just slowing down and creating these small works of art.
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Origami Boxes is a collection of tutorials for containers bundled with 200 sheets of origami paper. Released 15th April 2020 by Dover, it's 256 pages and available in paperback format.

The tutorials are all accessible and the drawings are very clear and well illustrated and concise. The difficulty of the projects range from beginner level to more advanced. This is an anthology collection of 8 tutorials representing 7 origami artists. It should be noted that the actual instruction book is 56 pages, the 256 page count includes the 200 sheets of bundled origami paper.

At the very beginning of the book are the symbol explanations and the short tutorials for the traditional folds.  This will help complete newbies to be able to follow the later tutorials.  There are (in my opinion) none of the pieces in this book which would be beyond a keen beginner's abilities with a generous dose of patience and practice. 

 Dover publications has long been a standard bearer for beautifully illustrated well made crafts books.  This one is no exception.  Everything is top notch. This would make a perfect gift for both enthusiasts and origami-curious beginners.

In fact, though I received a free e-book copy of this book for review purposes; I've already purchased a copy for my origami mad daughter.

Four stars

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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This is not a book for beginners.  I think it would be a great book for those who have had some experience making the folds under an origami teacher.  I would not recommend learning this if you are just starting out.  Even though the instructions for the most part are clearly illustrated it was confusing o me.  It’s great that the book includes 200 page of origami paper.
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3.5 out of 5 stars

If you're a beginner, I think you'll find this book mostly difficult. There are 2-3 projects that are simple, and the rest intermediate. I'd say this book is geared towards the intermediate level. However, the hinged box was quite frustrating and not taught well enough. I had to watch step 10-12 many times to figure it out(and the video was mirrored differently from the book instructions!). You also need a larger piece of paper or you'll struggle in the final steps. Also, I did not find the instructions on how to fold a paper in thirds anywhere in the legend, as stated. 

There were 2 other projects that needed the help of the video to finish a step. 

I liked the legend for origami symbols and the link to the video tutorials included in this book. There was also a QR code for those links. I found that the video instructions were more easy to understand(let's be real, video tutorials are a better tool for teaching handcrafts). I feel that the book complements the videos as not every video is as clear due to the camera angle or lighting. The videos could improve with good lighting and an angle with the crafter behind the camera, instead of the sideways style that they've employed for some of them. A uniform video format would make it look more professional.

Now, some other minor cons about the book depending on how you see it: 
-8 projects seems a little less for a $10 book, in my opinion. At least 12 would be better. However, since this has 200(!) origami paper provided, it's a fair price. Although, if you're a beginner it wouldn't seem so fair as most of the projects would be a bit hard for you.
-no difficulty levels labeled
-the sweets tray was not sturdy, I played around with it and figured out a much sturdier way in just a few seconds(although it changed it into a square box). I haven't tried it with thicker paper.

This was a fairly ok origami book, I enjoyed making most of them but might not remake a few of them due to the many steps involved. Except the Arlington box, that one was the most satisfying one to make! And the one with flaps, you can make a few and store them flat for later use.
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This might be worth it for those who buy the book since it comes with 200 sheets of origami paper, but it was a bit of a dud for us. It only teaches you how to make 8 boxes (or box-like objects) and the end results weren't very satisfying. My 8 year old made two of the boxes with my 21 year-old's help but the boxes were too flimsy to be actually used for anything and were small and anticlimactic. She also struggled with figuring out some of the instructions, even with my oldest's help and experience. These would probably be better with cardboard, but it comes with paper so I don't know how well that will work either.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.
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Good for those who already have the basis of origami folding and want to do something like boxes or make something that you can use. Steps shown how to make the eight boxes with end result shown. Okay.
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In this book, we can easily learn how a few simple folds can create various fun little paper creations.



From boxes to animals and in various patterned papers you can create a menagerie of creations with just your hands and the simplest items to hand.



Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!
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I received a complimentary review copy of #OrigamiBoxes from #NetGalley

This book gives instructions for 8 different projects, and comes with 200 sheets of origami paper. The table of contents has simple color line drawings of what each project looks like, so the book is very easy to navigate. The book starts with an introduction explaining the basics of origami and an illustrated guide to techniques and symbols. Each project has a QR code and URL linking to a video showing the steps, and a step-by-step guide with text instructions and illustrations showing what to do. At the end of the instructions there's a full-color photo of what the project will look like when complete, sometimes with photos of different angles or examples of how the box can be used (ex: candy dish) and photos using different colored/patterned paper. Whether you're a beginner or experienced with origami, this is a great project book.
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