Make an Easy Origami Box With Lid
Step by Step Origami Box With Lid
Make rectangle origami boxes with the ten step instructions below. All you need is basic origami know how and two sheets of paper. If you can follow written instructions you will be able to do this paper folding project.
These little boxes are perfect for the small gifts you may be thinking of giving. A box that looks handmade would feel like a special treasure for the grandkids. Red M&M's or tiny stickers, kid's tattoo transfers, or Gold Fish crackers would be fun to put inside.
I have made roughly thirty of these to get the instructions and steps down to the very minimum. Extra tips at the end of the page if more than one box is your goal.
Find Paper for Making Your Box
- Find two rectangle sheets of paper of the same type and not too thick. Two magazine pages would be okay. I am using a free calendar with colorful trains. Any old calendar of the lesser quality would work. The pages of pricier calendars are a thickness that would be hard to handle.
- Use newspaper for your first practice boxes, if you like.
- Cut both sheets into identical sized rectangles. Any size is okay, but since it is your first project don't make it too small: ex. 9 X 12, 7 X 8, 8 x 11 inches is fine.
- Take one sheet of the rectangles and cut (1/2 inch) off one of the short sides. Cut 3/8's inch off one long side. The trimmed rectangle will be the bottom of the box. The bigger one is your lid. The picture here illustrates the trimming of one sheet.
- Note: I switched to safety envelope paper because I got better photos.
Step by Step Origami Box - Part OneClick thumbnail to view full-size
Make an Origami Box - Part TwoClick thumbnail to view full-size
Last Step of Ten
Visual Aid for the Box Ends—Youtube Video of Easy Origami Box Ends
- Fold the flap over and make a good crease at the top edge and a reverse crease at the inside of the box.
- Do the same for both ends of the box.
Make the Lid Using the Bigger Paper
- The other sheet of paper needs to be folded in the same way starting with Part One.
- Fit the slightly smaller box into the bigger one.
Do not forget all the square eggs at Eastertime
New Ideas for the Paper Box
Use pretty spring wrapping paper to make "square eggs" for morning brunch on Easter. Boxes made of old calendars would be a curious find during the Easter egg hunt.
Have lots of nieces and nephews? Make box tops from a roll of fancy wrapping paper (not the thick wrapping paper) and make the bottoms from a standard roll of white or other matching color.
Easter day the kids get gold fish or at Halloween scary gummies like snakes.
The Rectrangle Box
I took a square box pattern and discovered I could modify it for a rectangle box and have no creases on the top or bottom of the box. This is my version and if a step is not clear let me know below. There is always room for an improvement tweak.
The goal with this box was to have it rectangular and no unsightly creases on the lid.
Use for Storing Little Things
Using the Handmade Rectangle Origami Box
- Use old calendars to make small boxes for gift tags and business cards.
- Cute kids paper can be a little box to give to bigger kids with some M&M's or even veggie sticks.
- Use the instructions for a rainy day project for older kids. Teachers can use the pattern for a math lesson.
- Use to box items in a big purse or backpack.
Other Origami Rectangular Boxes With Lids
- Square Origami Box Pattern
This is the pattern I modified for my version. For a lid you can see if 3/8's inch off two sides will give a good fitting bottom. Use this pattern to help with the basics of my origami box pattern.
- Origami Box
This version could be used for thicker paper. There are not so many double layers.
- Stationery Box 1 of 2
When A more complex box is needed.
My Origami Box Advantages and Tips
- No creases to mar the top or bottom. Good for reusing old calendars, magazine photo pages and decorative gift wrapping paper.
- This pattern will produce a rectangle box with any size paper. Remember to start with two identical size sheets and trim one for the bottom of the box.
- Sturdy double sided construction.
- This craft page is easy to read and uncluttered.
- To make a square box just start the process with two sheets of square paper.
Origami Box and Lid
Come back and let everyone know what you are using your handmade boxes for.
© 2012 Sherry Venegas