Sunday, 2 October 2011

Christmas Tutorial no 7 - Folding Frenzy to Make The Origami Box

Now if I can make these so can you, this is a really useful skill and could save you some pennies making pretty boxes to give your Christmas gift in.  This tutorial is for a small square box but by varying the size of the paper, you can change the size of the box.
Origami box with cover
Two pieces of paper - I used a piece 8 x8" and another piece 8.5" x 8.5" for the lid
A flat surface
Put the printed side down on the table and fold in half on the diagonal and then again on the other diagonal.
Next fold each corner into the centre
Now take each corner and fold up to the line above the centre (you can see that a square is formed and you are folding to the centre point of that line)
And now fold a small triangle for each corner.
Fold the two opposing sides into the middle, now fold in the side edges.
Turn the box over, you will see that there are four squares, taking the first square, fold a diagonal across the square and repeat this on the other side.  Lower the flap into the centre and push back to the side, running your nail along the edge to define the side.
Repeat this on the other side.  
As we are doing this in a heavy paper, you may find that the paper will lift, there is no shame in popping a little dob of glue on the base to hold it in place.
Repeat the whole process with the larger sheet to make the lid.

And don't forget to pop over to Wendy and Handmade Monday - from what I have seen so far, a real bumper bundle of goodies today!

19 comments:

The mum of all trades said...

They would be so handy at any time of year. Great instructions, thanks for sharing.

adaliza said...

I'm SOoooooo pleased you posted this one. I used to make these years ago and had forgotten how. Now I know again! Thank You!

Caroline Nash said...

Thank you for the tutorial, love origami, fascinating

mcrafts said...

Great tutorial and really handy for gifts - thanks for this :)

Wendy said...

These are lovely and can get quite addictive once you've made a few! If you don't want the fold marks in the middle, mark out your centre point with a pencil on the reverse side: use a ruler diagonally from each corner and mark two lines - where the lines cross is the centre.
I've made these with a number of my classes over the years and everyone loves making them.

Yarn Dependent Me said...

AHHHHHH oragami!!! I love you. I'm going to go make 20 billion little boxes now and just stack them around my house.

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Susie said...

OK, gotta save this one! Thanks!

Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

Oh, now this is just showing off, two Handmade Mondays! Both of course incredibly useful and teaching me something new as usual x

Planet Penny said...

I'd forgotten about these! SO useful thanks...
Penny
p.s. SO jealous of those fingernails!

Kat Shenton said...

How busy have you been this week? A great idea for small gifts and even better because its hand made. Thanks for the tute, might have to give that a go!

Ros Made Me said...

I have to confess... they really are my own nails... I obviously don't do enough washing up or gardening! :)

Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

Yes Ros I did embroider the snowflakes, just put your needle in, foot on the gas and hang on for grim death - great fun you'd love it.

MissesStitches said...

Hi Ros, I found your blog via One Pretty Thing, and I love the things you do! I'd love to chat. . . email me at JANLC56@mac.com.

Kazies Magical Designs said...

great tutorials I love the jewellery made out of cans I collect bottle tops and am thinking of ideas for them xxx

Pickle Lily said...

Fab tutorial - I had forgotten about these! I remember making them as a child from a very old encylopedia type book. Thanks for sharing and thank-you for your lovely comment on my blog.

Picto said...

Love these boxes, definitely something I need to try.
Love the tin can tute too, you have been busy.
Thank you for your kind words about the font on my plaques. I don't use any particular fonts, they are probably a mish mash of ones I've seen and liked over the years, some of the plaques are done in my regular writing.

Jan x

Stitchthis said...

It's been a while since I've been on your blog and I've missed so much!! Really great tutorials!

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