How to Fold an Origami Gift Box with Cardstock Paper Easy Beginner DIY Craft for Anyone

How to Fold an Origami Gift Box with Cardstock Paper Easy Beginner DIY Craft for Anyone

This box is simple to fold and magically transforms into a gorgeous box. Decorate with ribbons or yarn for closure and use stickers or shapes punched out of contrasting paper for added variety. The schematic notes the direction and position for adding decorations.

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What you will need to Make an Origami Gift Box:

  • 12 in (30cm) square 78lb cardstock

  • Bone folder for scoring crisp folds in paper (optional)

  • Paper punch, 1/2 in (13cm)

  • 18 in (47cm) 1/2 in (13cm) ribbon or Crochet chain with fringe

  • Contrasting color cardstock for decorations (optional)

Finished size:

4 in (10cm) square base, 3 in (7cm) tall

Instructions To Make an Origami Gift Box:

1. Fold diagonally from corner to corner, open and then repeat for opposite corners (yellow lines on chart).

2. Fold horizontal center line, and fold from edge to center line in each direction. Turn paper and repeat. (red lines on chart.

3. Fold from corner to opposite red intersecting lines. Repeat for all four sides (purple lines on chart).

4. Fold each corner to adjacent red intersecting lines (green lines on chart).

5. Using paper punch, make holes in paper along purple lines 1/2 in (13cm) from edge (make 8 holes).

6. Fold yellow/green corner inward, and fold purple/purple lines together inward, press and release. Thread ribbon or chain through holes and slowly cinch as you re-fold. As box is slowly cinched, the folds will take hold.

7. Punch out decorative flowers and stars with contrasting cardstock.

8. Add the decorations to the boxes with a drop of glue.

Note: The schematic shows the eight exposed sides of the box labeled as A through H, with arrows pointing up in case you need to position your decorations with direction.

Optional Crochet Chain and Fringe:

Make a crochet chain 30 in (76cm) long. Fasten off

Cut 8 pieces of yarn 4 in (10cm) long. Take 4 strands and fold in half. Insert crochet hook into last chain at end of crochet chain and pull the strands partially through. Make a slip knot. Repeat for fringe on second end.

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I would love to see your creations. Just as much fun as making these myself is the satisfaction I get from seeing my designs come to life and other crochet fans wearing them too. There are now 2 ways you can share what you have done!

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I look forward to seeing what you create!

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