Introduction: Diy Origami Gift Boxes

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I've been having fun making a whole bunch of these diy origami gift boxes. I've been thinking about using them for christmas presents but you could use them all year round to hold whatever you want.

Step 1:

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Carefully measure and cut your paper to size.To make your origami box you are going to need 2 pieces of square paper, the second needs to be 1/2 inch smaller than the first. So if you are using a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper the second piece needs to be 11.5 x 11.5. The larger piece will form the lid of your box.

Start by placing your paper pattern side down and fold in half. Use a bone folder to press and crease the fold. Open your paper out, turn it 90 degrees and fold in half again. This time when you open out your paper the creases should form a cross.

Next fold your paper corner to corner to form a triangle. Open it out, turn 90 degrees and repeat.

You now need to fold each corner into the center of your paper square.

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Your folded paper should look like the picture in the top left with all 4 corners meeting in the middle.

Take your square and fold the bottom edge to the center. Repeat for the other side. Your folded paper should now be a rectangle. Open it out, turn 90 degrees and repeat. It should now look like the picture 2nd down on the right.

Lift up 2 opposite triangles and lay them flat.

As you lift the sides your top flap should start to fold up. You need to lift this flap up and over to form the side of your box. This is the part where you might need to use some glue. If your triangle flaps aren't sitting flat apply a thin layer of glue to each one, press and leave to dry.

Turn 180 degrees and repeat on the other side.

Repeat the whole process again this time using the smaller square of paper.Once finished the larger box should fit easily on top of the smaller to form your origami gift box.

To make the medium size box I used 10x10 inch and a 9.5x9.5 inch squares of paper, for the small box I used 8x8 inch and 7.5x.7.5 inch paper.

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HelenU3 (author)2017-12-11

Wow! This is nice but i need d video pls

DorH (author)2017-01-02

i like the idea

AmelieC2 (author)2016-06-11

How big will the boxes be if i used the paper sizes you used ?

kengamine (author)2015-12-14

i'll post a pic of a plain one tonight. I haven't got any colored boxes at home, all in art in school...

bmcrumb made it! (author)2015-11-06

Thanks for such clear instructions. I used 6" x 6" scrapbooking paper for mine, and I plan to make more to hold little goodies for my kids' Christmas stockings. :-)

kengamine (author)bmcrumb2015-12-10

only one thing to say-WOW, I love it. what a beautiful pattern. is that origami paper? if it where did you get it.

bmcrumb (author)kengamine2015-12-10

Actually, it's scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. When I tried this, I didn't have anything else at hand.

kengamine (author)bmcrumb2015-12-14

I used plain paper when I made this. then I paint or pencil color the boxes. I also give them to children to color at wetherspoon in Aberystwyth. keeps them quite happy for a short while.

wish I had some photos

kengamine (author)bmcrumb2015-12-10


gatheringbeauty (author)bmcrumb2015-11-10

Yey! They look fab bmcrumb. I love that paper!

kengamine (author)2015-12-11

where do you get it , it's beautiful

kengamine (author)2015-12-10

I'm gonna try this this afternoon, I have two free classes. shame I can't post them on the site though. my camera seems to have misplaced it's get up and go. I think it got up and went (one of my mother's many comments)

kengamine (author)2015-12-10

aha, more origami! that's (three) things I can make. horses, bats and boxes, I'm still failing at dragons. and it's a box, a cute box

monikajanina (author)2015-11-15

I like your website and ideas!

Ps My website:

Monika Janina

imerrymary (author)2015-11-06

These are a great idea - Unique and quick to do. I'll be making earrings for Christmas gifts and this will be perfect. What are the finished dimensions of the boxes you show?

Hi imerrymary. I think nilocski has explained it really well but here's the measurements in case you're still not sure. The 12x12 inch paper made a box that measured 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches (2 1/4 inches high), the 10x10 inch paper 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches (1 3/4 inches high) and the 8 inch paper made a box measuring 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (1 3/4 inches high). I think that smaller size would be a good size for earrings. Hope that helps :)

nilocski1 (author)imerrymary2015-11-09

The end sizes are be proportional to the size of paper used, multiply 10 inch by factor of around 0.3533 and you get a box size of 3.53 inch square by height of half of that 1.77 inch. Roughly a third of the size. So if you want a box 4 inch by 4 inch base with height of 2 inch, start with a square of paper around ( 4 ÷ 0.3533 ) 11.32 inch by 11.32 inch.

Wow, thanks nilocski1. You explained it far better than I ever could :)

imerrymary (author)nilocski12015-11-09

Thanks nilocski1. That's exactly what I needed.

CRAZEDCLAM (author)2015-11-05

I made it but don't have any pics. Super cool!

Thanks crazedclam. Glad you liked them :)

Shanja123 (author)2015-11-05

hi cool

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