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Make an Origami or Folded Paper Gift Box
Paper boxes are great fun to make and can be adapted to a wide variety of ways. This simple folded box is made from two sheets of square paper and can be made in any size depending on the size of the paper you use. These make great gift boxes and are also perfect for party or wedding favors. Customize the boxes with rubber stamps and other embellishments. The following pages give a step by step guide explaining how to make this cute folded box.
More Gift Box and Gift Bag Projects
We have lots more gift box and gift bag projects for you to browse. These are available here - Gift Box and Gift Bag Round-Up. Many of these also include free printable templates which you can download and print.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Mark Center of the Square
- Square of cardstock (any size, the finished box will end up 25% of the diagonal measurement)
- Pencil and ruler
- Bone folder
This is a clever design for a box that can be adapted to any size of square. The top, sides, bottom and even 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.
Take any size square of paper or cardstock. 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.
Tip: Practice on scrap paper and keep any finished boxes to try different rubber stamp positioning and techniques.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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In turn, fold each corner into the center of the square. Firmly crease the fold.
Tip: Use a bone folder to help make a crisp fold this will help to give you a great quality finish.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Fold the first corner to the line of the first fold made, on the opposite side. Repeat for each corner.
Tip: Be careful when folding the third and fourth corners not to fold to the wrong line.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Fold each corner to meet the nearest fold line.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Make four cuts as indicated in the picture. It makes no difference which corners are used as long as they are opposite each other.
Tip: Now is the best time to stamp the box, remember to leave enough time for the ink to dry before completing the box.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Finishing the Box, First Fold
Fold the two corners without cuts into the center.
Tip: A dab of glue will help hold the folds in place, however, this is not essential.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Finishing the Box, Second Fold
Fold edges up as shown, this forms two of the sides of the box.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Finishing the Box, Third Fold
Fold the cut ends in at either end of the box.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Finishing the Box - the Final Fold
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.
Make a base in exactly the same way, however, cut the square a fraction smaller so the base will fit into the top.
Finish the box with stamping or embossing. Try adding stamped embellishments, or stamp some ribbon and tie into rosettes to top the boxes.
More Gift Box and Gift Bag Projects
We have lots more gift box and gift bag projects for you to browse. These are available here - Gift Box and Gift Bag Round-Up. Many of these also include free printable templates which you can download and print.
More Rubber Stamping Projects
Take a look at some of these other rubber stamping and paper craft projects!
- Paper Flowers - these paper flowers are fun to make and can be customized with rubber stamps.
- Pencil Holder - recycle old food packaging into useful pencil holders. A great way to use up odds and ends of paper!
- Stamp on Candles - learn how to put rubber stamped images onto candles. These make lovely gifts and can be presented in a handmade gift bag.
- Egg Mobile - make an interesting mobile with eggs that have been decorated with rubber stamps.