Posted by Angela Swanson on May 01, 2014
It seems too good to be true, but with a piece of scrapbook paper or card stock you can make a beautiful DIY gift box! You can purchase this type of paper at any craft store often for under $1. In fact, the paper we used was .59 cents and was half off at Hobby Lobby! So for .30 cents, we made this beautiful box with paper left over!
The trick to this gorgeous easy to make box is origami! We used Betty's Crafts gift box origami videos on YouTube. I am not sure how I came across it, but when the word origami pops out at me, I am always interested. Maybe it was from the 4th grade, when we learned to make 3 dimensional frogs in under a minute?
What is origami exactly? Origami originated in Japan in the 17th century, ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper". It is literally the folding of paper. These little
creases, scores, and folds are all used and needed to make the end design possible without scissors or glue, which traditionally you are not permitted to use in origami. As you will see when you make this box, all of those little random folds play into the whole picture of a gorgeous art piece.
I found Betty's Crafts, which is primarily in German (and a little English). Betty had an amazing Origami Gift Box Tutorial video on her site. Her site also has a translator which will translate the site into English or just about any language in seconds. She offers an extremely well put together, easy to follow video, demonstrating how to make the origami box. The video has no words just music and a folding demonstration. In fact, Betty has many videos demonstrating her tutorials on YouTube under Betty J.
Since I haven't done origami for about 34 years, I would consider myself a little rusty but Betty's video made it really easy. Using the video, I could pause it if I needed a bit more time. I can definitely see the advantage of doing craft video tutorials!
This is a great idea because your gift box is only limited to the size of paper and the patterns you can buy or have on hand. There is no cutting or gluing involved, just folding and a little scoring. The smaller box could be used for small gifts like jewelry or makeup and a larger one could be made for a scarf or holiday treat holder.
Before we get started check out one of Betty's videos. This is the box we will be working on today. I find it easier to watch a video and then follow step by step directions.
Origami Gift Box with 8" x 8" Paper
You need a piece of scrapbook or card stock paper that measure 8" x 8". I had to measure and cut mine. Since I could not find my measuring tape I used this handy little Online Ruler! You should use a pencil for this but I had sharpie handy.
Once your paper is cut, turn it over print side down, white side up, and fold it in half vertically like above.
Open the paper back up and fold vertically the right side in to the center line. Remember, all the folding in origami is for a reason. It allows you to properly align or use future folds.
Match the folds to the center line. With each fold you make, score it with your nail or other tool. I just ran my nail along each fold, pressing down, and this worked nicely. You want those folds to remain intact and visible throughout the process.
Repeat with the other side and it should look like this.
Open your paper back up and create another vertical fold. This time you are going to fold past that center line and to the newly created fold line.
Repeat the same fold with the other side. When you open your paper back up this is what it should look like.
You now need to fold your opened paper horizontally. Make sure your folds are still vertical and fold horizontally in half, do not completely fold it or score yet though!
Make a small crease by pressing your finger down right on to the original center line. I also make a small score of this section with my nail. It will come in handy later to be able to find that small fold line.
Now, open your paper back up and fold one of the corners in to the second fold line, in between the center fold line and the outer most fold line on that side. Fold and score.
Repeat this action for all four sides.
This is where it may get a little tricky and the video might come in handy. You want to pull both inner corners on the bottom of one side and fold them in on themselves.
Once you pull them both in and fold up this it what it will look like from the side.
This will be the inside view. You want to repeat this step with the other side as well.
Next, you are going to fold that whole section you just made up to the little horizontal line you made earlier in the center. Repeat on both sides.
It should look like this when both sides are folded.
Unfold the two sides you just made. Then you will pull that little flap up and fold it down onto itself.
Turn it around and repeat with the other side.
This is how I knew I folded it right. Look for these little triangles.
Then you want to turn the paper vertically so the ends we haven't messed with yet are pointing toward you and away from you. From there you want to pull those little pieces inward toward each other. You will see I marked them in the picture for you. As you pull them the end piece will naturally fold upwards. Pull those two pieces together so they look like two little squares next to each other.
Set the piece down on the table, end side down, so you can apply a better crease and scoring to those two little pieces. Repeat with the other side.
You can now fold those ends down one at a time to make a good, solid crease to form the outside of the box. Those two little folds you see on the inside of the top piece is where you will be tucking the other flap into to form the box.
Reinforce the outside creases by pinching them a little bit.
Move one of the top pieces into the folds on the inside of the box. Give your box a gentle squeeze once it is shut to reinforce the structure. And you are done!
You can put many little trinkets in here, such as a ring or necklace.
I wanted to see if I could make a bigger box and I did! This time I didn't cut the paper and just used a whole 12" x 12" piece of scrapbook paper. I made the second box a lot faster. It took me probably around 3 minutes. So I made both of these adorable DIY Origami Gift Boxes in under 15 minutes and under $1!
Here is the size difference between a 12" x 12" piece of paper vs an 8" x 8" one.
Betty also has several other paper craft project videos such as cards, other boxes, and mini albums on her site and on YouTube. I hope she will honor me with more guest posts since her videos are easy to follow and her creativity is quite inspiring. So please take a moment to show her some blog love and look at some of her other creative paper craft projects. If you interested in buying any of her paper art, you can contact her by e-mail at email@example.com.
We hope we have inspired you to make your own origami gift box for any upcoming special occasions or just as a special surprise for someone you love. They will be very impressed!