by Beth Haley
Masu boxes were originally square wooden boxes used for measuring out rice during a time when powerful families, military warlords and samurai ruled Japan, called the feudal period of Japanese history.
Today, I made a masu box, with a lid, out of origami paper.
It’s a great size for small treasures or small desk items like paperclips, and for an uncovered box, if you double the paper with both plain sides facing inward, the bottom of your box will have a nice design also.
Otherwise the inside looks like this:
Which is fine if it’s going to be covered by a lid anyways!
Directions for making an origami masu box: Origami.me