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

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Paper Magnolias

To say farewell to DC and to mark our move south, I decided to make a craft and a recipe with a southern theme.  Today I share the craft — paper magnolias — and Thursday I will share the recipe.  Any guesses as to what the recipe is? Check back on Thursday to find out.

No, we are not unpacked yet (I wish!).  We still have mountains of moving boxes.  I’d show you a picture, but I don’t want any evidence of our current mess.

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Egg-cellent Boxes (Sorry.)

These boxes are made from real eggs!

I wanted to make some egg boxes for Easter, but there were no pre-made egg boxes or water balloons (to use as papier-mâché forms) to be found in my neighborhood.  I had almost given up on egg shaped boxes when I stumbled upon an egg box project, using real eggs, on the Martha Stewart website.  The timing was perfect – I even had some eggs in the fridge that were past their expiration date.  (Cleaning out the fridge is on my list of things to do.) Continue reading

Spring Cleaning . . . Recycled Calendar Boxes

If you are like me and are just getting around to taking down your 2011 calendars, you are in luck because today I will show you how I make origami gift boxes out of recycled calendars.  And if you recycled your calendars months ago, don’t worry, pretty much any paper will work for these boxes, although heavier weight papers work best for larger boxes.  These boxes are a great way to recycle pretty papers that you have around the house and wrap small gifts or candies or to hide small clutter!

The first box may take awhile to make, but they get easier with practice. I know from experience.  For our wedding and reception, I made a few hundred of these out of recycled gardening catalogs to hold candies and thank you notes.  The bright floral pages of the catalogs worked well for our outdoor garden wedding.  Ever since I was a kid I have loved reading gardening catalogs and even now we always have several lying around the house.  There is something magical about planning out a garden and growing plants from seed (or daydreaming about it!).  Our current apartment does not have garden space, but I am looking forward to having a garden one day.  For now, I make do with a few pots in a west facing window where I grow herbs (mint, chives, basil, rosemary and sage) from seed to use in the kitchen.

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