Origami Holiday Gift Boxes From Scrapbook Paper

Since it is the holiday season and I, like many, am in need of ways to wrap small gifts, I thought it would be a good time to revisit my very first post on Scissors and Spoons: Recycled Calendar Boxes.  That post is still the most viewed post on this blog, although my DIY Salt Dough Snowflake Ornaments are a close second.   In my earlier post I used old calendars to be make the boxes, but for this post I used 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper.  Since the scrapbook paper is already square it makes making the boxes even simpler.Origami Gift Boxes

If you don’t have any scrapbook paper on hand you can make these boxes out of pretty much any paper that will hold a fold.  I have made these boxes out of many different types of paper – construction paper, card stock, paper from catalogs, paper from calendars, gift wrap, and newspaper.  Just cut the paper into a square.  Use different sizes of paper to make different sizes of boxes.  Thicker papers (like card stock) work better for larger boxes.

These boxes are a great way to wrap small gifts like the DIY Salt Dough Snowflake Ornaments.

Origami Gift BoxesJust add a bit of cotton, a ribbon, a DIY star, and a dried flower and you have a beautiful and inexpensive stocking stuffer.Origami Gift Boxes

1.  To make the boxes, I used two 12″ by 12″ pieces of scrapbook paper.  (Some scrapbook paper has a printed border with the paper information, which is not included in the size.  If your paper has a border, cut it off before you begin so that your paper is square.)

2.  I marked the center of my paper square by drawing lines corner to corner to make a “x”.  I usually use a pencil and mark the paper lightly, but I used a pen in my example so that my lines are easier to see.

Origami Gift BoxesOrigami Gift Boxes3.  I folded each corner to the center (of the “x”).

Origami Gift BoxesOrigami Gift Boxes4.   For the box bottom: I folded opposite edges of the paper to the center, unfolded, and repeated with the other sides.

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5.  I made four cuts in the paper (two on each side).

Origami Gift Boxes6.  I assembled the box, using a piece of tape in the inside to keep it together.

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7.  I used the same steps to make the box top, except that at step four, I folded the opposite edges of the paper just short of the center, unfolded, and repeated with the other side.  This makes the box top slightly larger than the bottom so that they fit together.

Origami Gift Boxes

Origami Gift BoxesOrigami Gift BoxesOrigami Gift BoxesTo make each box, I used the following:

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  • 2 pieces of 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper
  • A pencil or pen
  • A yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Tape (optional)


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Origami Holiday Gift Boxes From Scrapbook Paper — 19 Comments

    • Hi Caitlin, The boxes from the 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper are a little larger than 4 by 4″. As a general rule the finished boxes are 1/3 of the original paper length. Thanks! Marie

  1. Hi! This is great!:D Still,can I ask if how to make the sides of the top box narrower? It would be much nicer,but I don’t know how to modify it…can you help? >.< Merry (late)Christmas!

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