The traditional origami cup is a popular project, but not very useful as an actual drinking glass. You can only drink from it once or twice before the liquid will seep through the paper. However, if you make a large cup from sturdy cardstock, it becomes part of a thrifty decorative wall storage solution.
The project featured in this tutorial is made using Basic Grey 12 inch x 12 inch patterned paper. This brand of paper for scrapbookers comes in many different styles, but is as sturdy as plain cardstock. It is either patterned on the front side and white on the back or designed with a pattern on the front side and a coordinating solid color on the back. The back side isn't visible when your cup is finished, so it does not make a difference what style of paper you use.
The finished origami cup is 6 1/2 inches wide at the top of the cup and 5 inches tall.
1. Create a Triangle
To begin, fold your paper in half along the diagonal to form a triangle. Use a ruler or bone folder to sharpen the creases as needed. When you're finished with this step of the project, your paper should look like the model in the photo to the left.
2. Make a Guide Crease
Fold the top of the triangle down as shown. This should be a light crease as it is only a guide for the folds you will make in the next two steps of the origami cup project.
3. Fold the First Side of the Cup
Fold the left point of the triangle over to meet the edge of the crease you made in the last step. Use a ruler or bone folder to sharpen the creases as needed.
4. Fold the Second Side of the Cup
Fold the right point of the triangle over to the left side of the paper. Use a ruler or bone folder to sharpen the ceases as needed. When you're finished, your origami cup should look like the model in the photo to the left.
5. Finish Your Origami Cup
Fold the first layer of the top triangle down. Tuck it into the top flap located on the base of your origami cup. Fold the remaining portion of the top triangle backwards and crease firmly. (This section doesn't need to be tucked in because it will be flat against the wall when your cup is hanging.)
6. Your Wall Storage Is Complete
Your origami cup is now complete. Use two white or clear thumbtacks to attach the cup to your wall. Fill it with lightweight craft supplies or miscellaneous small items.
Repeat the steps as needed to make a series of cups for your wall. Choose papers with common colors or themes to unify the finished storage area.
If desired add labels, small silk flowers, ribbon trim, or other embellishments to the cups using double sided tape. An origami heart or origami medallion would be great for adding a decorative touch to your origami cup wall storage system.
Another way to expand your origami wall storage system would be to add boxes next to the rows of cups. See the About Origami How to Fold a Modular Origami Box tutorial for a box that would be perfect for this purpose.