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How to make origami gift boxes
Origami boxes come in all different shapes and sizes, varying from boxes that use a single piece of paper to modular origami that requires assembly of many folded modules. Origami boxes are extremely useful, as they can be used not only for storage and organization, but also as beautiful gift boxes that add a handmade and personal touch. In this lens, I've included tutorials for many different kinds of origami boxes, ranging from simple, basic boxes to more advanced and decorative ones. Happy folding!
Simple origami boxes
These boxes are great for beginners and can be used as organizers or simple gift boxes. They only require one sheet of origami paper to complete.
- Basic box
Make two (one using a slightly smaller piece of paper) and stack them together for a quick and easy gift box.
- Box divider
A divider that separates your box into four sections. Great for organizing.
- Coin purse
A small 'coin purse' similar to a little envelope. Great for small gifts.
- Star burst box
A cool and surprisingly easy decorative box. Perfect for candies and other party favors.
- Box with flaps
A basic box with side flaps.
- Poinsettia box
A pretty, angular box, perfect for holding small gifts and surprisingly simple to make.
- Stand box
A cute little box with legs.
- Big box
A box with 4 side flaps, perfect for organizing small things. I make lots of these out of news or scrap paper in my spare time to use as little trash containers at dinner for bones or shells.
- Folding box
One of the coolest origami boxes I've ever seen, with two flaps that can be folded over as a perfect one piece rectangular container.
Non-modular hexagonal rose box
An advanced video tutorial on how to make a beautiful hexagonal rose box. This box looks amazing in any color or pattern, and is perfect as delicate jewelry boxes.
Evi's star boxes
I really love both of these boxes- they are amongst the most creative and unique origami boxes I've ever seen. If you enjoy these, feel free to check out other origami works by Evi Binzinger.
Cute double sided origami paper, perfect for creating colorful and interesting origami.
Ideas for origami boxes
1. Use them as jewelry boxes, to give or to store.
2. Use them to give away chocolate for Valentine's Day, or as candy containers.
3. Use them to organize beads, craft eyes, paper clips, or anything you want (see box separator tutorial above).
4. Cut out a piece of foam the same size as your box, glue it down, and use your origami box as a cute and decorative needle or pincushion.
5. Use them as cardholder boxes. Make bigger ones for flashcards, and smaller ones for business cards.
7. Use them as coin holders.
8. Use them as personalized gift boxes- type whatever you want to say (short, simple phrases work best), copy and paste it so it fills up an entire page, print it out, and fold it into a pretty gift box.
Modular origami boxes
Modular origami boxes are generally harder and more time consuming to make, but the results are beautiful, unique boxes of all different shapes and patterns that truly stand out. I've included modular boxes of all different levels of difficulties, so whether you're a beginner or an expert, feel free to give some of these a try. :)
Modular origami boxes (continued)
Since most of these are too confusing to follow paper diagrams for, I've included mostly video guides for easier instructions. All of these are comprehensible instructions for beautiful origami boxes- try a few, try them all. :)
Geometric origami box
Versailles rose box
Lovely swan box
Hexagonal spin box
Hexagonal spiral box
This is an amazing book with so, so many recommendations online. Feel free to check out some of Tomoko Fuse's works before buying this- the origami she makes and the origami boxes included in this book are both amazingly stunning.