I’ve been making origami boxes as long as I can remember. I can’t remember who taught me or how, but they’re always my fun and easy go to for a gift box. You may remember when I made some for Tiffany’s bridal shower to hold the favors. For Valentine’s day when I was in high school, I made dozens of these boxes out of college ruled paper, decorated the tops, and filled them with hershey kisses.
I had a crush on a friend (which he was totally aware of), and so I made an extra special box for him. Underneath the corners of the bottom of the inside of the base of the box, I wrote very lightly in pencil this chorus:
Do you know that George Straight song? I may be showing a bit of my country.
To this day I don’t know if he ever saw it. Part of me hoped he would never find it, and part of me of course wished I would find it somehow tucked inside my locker with a checked yes box.
Anyways, these boxes are the perfect personal touch to any valentine, and they are super fun and easy to make.
+2 sheets of equally sized square paper
+tape or tape runner
Step 1: Fold a square piece of colored paper (I used a card stock weight, but any paper will do). Mine were 12″ by 12,” but any size will do.
Step 2: Open the sheet of paper and refold in the other direction, creating a cross on the paper.
Step 3: Fold each of the four corners into the center. Try to make sure the edges are lined up and not overlapping.
Step 4: Use the bone folder crease the outter edges of the square.
Step 5: Fold one entire side of the square in to meet the middle.
Step 6: Fold the other side in to meet the middle.
Step 7 & 8: Unfold these pieces, and repeat steps 5 & 6 with the opposite outside edges.
When you finish step 8, you should be able to see lines making a square in the center once you unfold the paper.
Step 9: Once you’ve unfolded the creases so that you the paper looks as though it was in step 4 (even though there are new lines now), unfold the top and bottom point.
Step 10: Hold the paper in both hands and use your index fingers to push in the diagonal squares right below each side of the top point.
Step 11: Squeeze the top point in towards you.
Step 12 & 13: Tuck the flap inside the end of the box.
Step 14: Repeat steps 10-13 on the other side.
Step 15: Crease the top edges of the box.
Step 16: If you would like, secure the inner corners on the inside base of the box with tape.
To make the lid, repeat the steps with your 2nd piece of paper exactly except that when you get to steps 5-8, fold the outside edges so that they do not reach all the way to the middle (just close). This will ensure that the lid is slightly larger than the base so that it can fit snugly on top.
P.S. Is still a little confusing? Check out my video below. This is the first time I’ve ever vidoed myself doing something like this! If any of the steps above are tripping you up, follow along as I walk you through this DIY.