It’s A Wrap: Origami Boxes

It’s that time of the year again when I come up with different ways of packing up some halloween candy. I came up with these Milk Cartons last year, and Candy Poppers the year before that. Seems like it’s becoming a tradition on the site. Here’s an origami box and lid tutorial you can use for any occasion!

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Start out with an square sheet of scrapbook paper. I used an 8×8-inch square for this project.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

Fold the square in half, both ways.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

The intersection of the two folds marks the center. I marked the folds so you can follow along easier.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

Next, fold all four corners towards the center.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

Fold the square in half again, both ways.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

After folding in halves, fold the edge towards the center.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

Fold into quarters both ways.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

Unravel all your folds, leaving only two opposite corner folds as is.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

This is probably the trickiest part of all the folds. Note these two folds. I marked it in pen for you to see. What you need to do is make these two fold lines meet.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

When I teach this at my workshops, I tell students to “listen to the paper.” By that I mean, let the folds happen. Like in the image, I first made the pink folds touch, then I did the same with the purple side.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

The folds will naturally pucker in a particular direction. It should end up looking something like this.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

You can now fold the corner flap over, to form the base of the box.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

Do the same with the remaining corner flap. The base of your box is all done!

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

Now, onto the lid! It’s pretty much the same as the base. The difference is how you start your first folds. Because the lid has to be slightly larger than the base, you make your corner folds about a quarter inch away from the center folds.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

Follow all the same folds as the base of the box, and you end up with something like this.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

This is an optional step. You can gently and carefully fold the sides of the lid in half. Be careful not to rip the paper.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

You’ll end up with a half size lid, that gives your finished box a little more drama.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

Top it off, and you’re all done!

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

If you’re feeling a little fancy, you can use a different pattern for your lid.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

Fill it up with some candy, and you’re all good to go this coming Halloween!

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: Origami Boxes

October 1, 2014

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