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Origami Box: A Great Holiday Idea

Updated on June 15, 2010

What is Origami?

Origami is a Japanese art form of paper folding. Traditionally, it was done without cutting or pasting. It was derived from the term “ori” which means “fold” and “kami” which means “paper” . The word “kami” was later made to “gami”. That’s how they came up with origami . It is not actually clear as to how and where this traditional art work began to evolve. However, it is said that it started in China and eventually spreads out in Japan in the 6th century.

Modern origami uses any type of paper. It is no longer limited to a special origami paper. Anybody, especially kids, can now be more creative to make this beautiful artwork.

I have provided you an illustration below of how to make an origami box. This is great to use for Christmas, Easter or any holidays. You can try to use any type of paper such as colored art paper, cartolina, old Christmas cards, gift wrapping paper, and even our money bills. Surely, your family and friends will love it when you wrap your gifts inside this box. So, have fun and happy holidays!

STEP 12 Preparing the bottom box

Repeat steps 2-10 except that the size of the material should be at least 1/8” smaller than the size of the cover box

STEP 13 Designing the cover box

You can design the box according to your preference. You can cut an old Christmas card or pictures and paste it on the top of the cover box. You can also draw, use ribbons or glue some glitters on the box. You can be more creative.

I hope you will enjoy doing this origami box together with your family. It is also a good learning material to use to improve your kid's creativity.


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    • TINA V profile imageAUTHOR

      TINA V 

      10 years ago

      Hi Winsome, I'm glad that you like this origami box. Thank you for your comment. Have a great week!

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      10 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      I liked it Tina. Thank you.

    • TINA V profile imageAUTHOR

      TINA V 

      11 years ago

      Hi Karen! Oh yes, please do try to make this origami box. You can use it in the office or as a gift box in any occasion.

      Hi Holiday in NZ! I am sure you can do it. This is very easy to do. I hope your daughter-in-law will love it too.

      Hi Ken! Thank you for sharing about your officemate using this origami box. It is really useful in the office to organize your things. I hope this will also help other readers.

      Thank you to everybody for reading this hub.

      Happy New Year to all!

    • TINA V profile imageAUTHOR

      TINA V 

      11 years ago

      Hi tinagleisner! It's good to know another tina in hubpages. This origami box is very easy to do for all ages.

      Hi Peyton! I find it cool too when I first made it. I hope this will also be helpful to all readers.

      Thank you for visiting my hub.

      Happy New Year!

    • TINA V profile imageAUTHOR

      TINA V 

      11 years ago

      Hi Hubcrafter! It's nice to know that you love the graphics. My avatar pic reflects a bit of my personality.

      Thank you for visiting my hub. :-D

      Happy New Year!

    • TINA V profile imageAUTHOR

      TINA V 

      11 years ago

      Thank you so much Tammy. I was surprised to be included in the Hubnugget's week. But it feels good to be in the top 5.

      Happy New Year!

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      11 years ago


      I just want to let everyone know that I have about a half dozen of these "boxes" made by my cubicle neighbor at work and they are handy. I use them to separate the push pins from the paper clips and the AAA batteries from the AA batteries. You need to show them the multiple compartment box next.

      Cheers and Happy New Year!!!

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      Holidays in NZ 

      11 years ago

      Origami is an amazing art and cheap materials so anyone can enjoy it. I will give this a try when I get some time after the holidays. A neat idea for gifts too. I might be able to impress my Japanese daughter-in-law! Thanks Tina

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      Karen Chaffee 

      11 years ago

      I love the ease of the instructions...have always wanted to learn origami, so thank you :)


    • PeytonFarquhar profile image


      11 years ago from So Cal

      Very cool.

    • tinagleisner profile image


      11 years ago from NH Seacoast

      I agree this is a great holiday activity that will engage many different people, from young children to grandparents.

    • HubCrafter profile image


      11 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Tina:

      Love your graphics!

      I'm not a paper folder..more of a smush-it-in-my-pocket type, I guess.

      Your avatar pic is just awesome. Makes me think you're deeply thinking about something...(probably something like why is dork going on and on and..)

      my bad.


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      Tammy Lochmann 

      11 years ago

      Hey...congrats on the hubnugget nomination. Good to get some validation. Good luck and I hope to see you in the top five tomorrow. Great hub by the way!


    • TINA V profile imageAUTHOR

      TINA V 

      11 years ago

      This origami box is very easy. I hope you and the kids in your family would also like it. Thank you so much for all your comments.

      Happy holidays!

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      11 years ago

      This is a great set of instructions. I'm not good with my hands (not an artistic bone in my body), but I think I will pass this on to others I think would love to use this.

      thank you for sharing it, and congratulations on your Hubnugget Nomination

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      It's the Christmas season...this is a wonderful idea for Christmas arts for the kids--origami. Hmmmm how come I never seem to get this done? This takes a lot of patience and being precise to do all these. LOL

      Anyhow Tina, origami got into the hubnuggets list this week. Congrats for being nominated. Do vote and promote your hub to your family and friends. Voting center over here: Best of luck! Merry Christmas :)

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      Money Glitch 

      11 years ago from Texas

      Very good information, I've often wondered how to do this. Thanks so much for sharing the, I just might be able to create one! :)

    • TINA V profile imageAUTHOR

      TINA V 

      11 years ago

      I hope your son would also like it. Thank you for your comment.

      Merry Christmas to you and to your family!

    • wrenfrost56 profile image


      11 years ago from U.K.

      Thanks for this TINA V, I liked your brief at the start, I did not know origami literally meant paper folding. The photographs, diagrams and instructions also make it really easy to follow. I can't wait to try to make these with my son at home.

      Happy holiday's.

    • TINA V profile imageAUTHOR

      TINA V 

      11 years ago

      Your most welcome.

      Thank you also for taking time to visit this hub.

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      floating mind 

      11 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      The things you can learn on hubpages. I love it. Thanks for sharing your origami skills.

    • TINA V profile imageAUTHOR

      TINA V 

      11 years ago

      Origami is a good learning artwork for kids. I was able to teach few of these art form when I was taking up my Teachers Certification Progam.

      I hope you will enjoy creating it with your kids.

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      11 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Very cool, TINA V. I never learned origami as a kid, but my sisters did (my brother and I went and learned Judo instead). Great stuff. Thanks for sharing this as it can certainly come in handy.


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