How to Make a Folded Paper Gift Box

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    Make an Origami or Folded Paper Gift Box

    Make Folded Paper Boxes
    Make Folded Paper Boxes. Kate Pullen

    Paper boxes are great fun to make and can be adapted in a variety of ways. This simple folded box is made from two sheets of square paper and can be made in various sizes depending on the size of the paper you use. Simply follow the step-by-step tutorial and you'll have a cute folded box.

    These make great gift boxes and are also perfect for party or wedding favors. You can also customize the boxes with rubber stamps and other embellishments if you like. 

    Materials Required

    • Square pieces of cardstock (any size, the finished box will end up 25 percent of the diagonal measurement)
    • Pencil and ruler
    • Bone folder
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    Mark Center of the Square

    Mark Center of the Square
    Mark Center of the Square. Kate Pullen

    This is a clever design for a box that can be adapted to any size of square. You'll start by making the lid, then repeat the folds with a smaller piece of paper to make the base. The top, sides, bottom and even the inserts for the inside can all be stamped.

    Any sized paper can be used as long as it is a square. The finished box will always end up a quarter of the size of the original square when measured from corner to corner. Practice on scrap paper and keep any finished boxes to try different rubber stamp positions and techniques.

    1. Begin with any size square of paper or cardstock.
    2. Draw two lines diagonally from corner to corner. This will form a large X, marking the center of the square. Don´t worry about marking the paper as the marks will be on the inside and therefore will not be seen.
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    First Fold

    Fold Corners Into the Centre
    Fold Corners Into the Centre. Kate Pullen

    As you begin to fold the paper, try using a bone folder tool to help make a crisp fold. This will give you a great quality finish.

    1. In turn, fold each corner into the center of the square.
    2. Firmly crease the fold.
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    Second Fold

    Fold Corner to First Fold Line
    Fold Corner to First Fold Line. Kate Pullen

    Be careful when folding the third and fourth corners not to fold to the wrong line. You want the corner's point to stretch to the opposite side of the square.

    1. Fold the first corner to the line that the first fold made on the opposite side.
    2. Repeat for each corner.
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    Third Fold

    Make Final Fold
    Make Final Fold. Kate Pullen

    At this point, you should be seeing a series of squares created by the various folds. You will now need to finish that off with one last set of folds.

    1. Fold each corner to meet the nearest fold line.
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    Make Cuts

    Cut Corners
    Make Cuts as Indicated. Kate Pullen
    1. Make four cuts as indicated in the picture. It makes no difference which corners are used as long as they are opposite each other.

    Now is the best time to stamp the box. Remember to leave enough time for the ink to dry before completing the box.

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    First Box Fold

    Fold Opposite Corners to the Center
    Fold Opposite Corners to the Center. Kate Pullen

    With your paper decorated, you're ready to fold the box. A dab of glue will help hold the folds in place, however, this is not essential.

    1. Fold the two corners without cuts into the center.​​
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    Second Box Fold

    Fold Edges to Form Sides
    Fold Edges to Form Sides. Kate Pullen
    1. Fold the same edges up as shown to form two of the sides of the box.
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    Third Box Fold

    Fold in Cut Ends
    Fold in Cut Ends. Kate Pullen
    1. Fold the cut ends in at either end of the box.
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    The Final Box Fold

    Finished Box
    Finished Box. Kate Pullen
    1. Fold the two remaining pieces into the middle of the box. This will securely hold the box together and there is no need to add glue.

    With the lid complete, you can now make a base for the box in exactly the same way. However, this time you will cut the square a fraction smaller so the base will fit into the lid.

    Finish the box with stamping or embossing on the outside if you like. Try adding stamped embellishments, or stamp some ribbon and tie it into rosettes to top the boxes.