Some of our grape Japan readers may recall the amazing creations of Japanese papercraft artist 空箱職人 はるきる Harukiru (@02ESyRaez4VhR2l), who takes paper packaging of things like sweets, snacks, beverages and toys, and turns them into something completely different from their original form.

For example, we previously introduced his Pringles mascot figure which turned into an entire "boy band" based on different flavor packages, his knight fashioned out of a box of Chivas Regal, and his superhero made out of a box of Garigarikun popsicles.

Let's take a look at his most recent work:

In this brilliant artist's hands, a simple box of Meiji Milk Chocolates...

Reproduced with permission from 空箱職人 はるきる Harukiru (@02ESyRaez4VhR2l)

...turns into a witch!

Reproduced with permission from 空箱職人 はるきる Harukiru (@02ESyRaez4VhR2l)

Seated in front of what looks like it could be a stained glass window with a crescent moon pattern, she has a real witch's hat and holds an impressive magical staff. The dark brown and gold colors of the chocolate box add to the magical mood, and she even has an orange ribbon in her hair.

You can easily imagine this witch on the cover art or a key visual from a manga or anime in the fantasy genre or the recently-popular isekai genre.

Armed with only cutting tools and glue, Harukiru is able to create his amazing papercraft art.

This spectacular chocolate witch elicited numerous comments, such as:

  • "I see what he did. He turned the Meiji into a Mage!"
  • "What an amazing imagination he has. It's so cool..."
  • "What manner of witchcraft is this? Oh, wait..."
  • "This is pure genius!"

Harukiru really enjoys working with sweets when he chooses packages. For example, he recently created a series of fairy-tale style creations using the packaging from a recent collaboration between the popular character Rilakkuma and biscuits made by Morinaga & Co., Ltd., also famous for their milk caramels.

Reproduced with permission from 空箱職人 はるきる Harukiru (@02ESyRaez4VhR2l)

It's surprising that he can make such adorable creations out of empty square boxes.

Incidentally, as of May 2022, Morinaga & Co., Ltd. and Harukiru are currently collaborating.

Instructions on how to fold and cut the box are printed inside the box of select Morinaga biscuits and cookies. Anyone with scissors, glue and a cutter can make a work of art like Harukiru's.

If you're interested and can buy a package, why not try making one yourself?

By - grape Japan editorial staff.