RECTANGULAR DIY ORIGAMI BOXES.in craft, diy, origami, paper crafts
Are you planning on giving handmade gifts this holiday season but don't have a box for them? Why not give these rectangular origami boxes a go.
You may have noticed that I'm a little obsessed with making things out of paper. I especially love anything I can make that doesn't involve any glue or scissors so I knew I was going to enjoy making these rectangular origami boxes.
From the outside they look like a rectangular box but when you open them up there's a smaller hidden square box inside. You make them using a single piece of paper so no scissors or glue needed and the lid is even built into the box. How clever is that?
I hope they inspire you to add an extra handmade touch to your gifts this year.
To make these boxes I used 12x12 inch pieces of scrapbooking paper. I used the Maggie Holmes range for American Crafts. I love the paper with the tiny pink flowers on it.
The finished boxes measure 4.5x3 inches and are 1.5 inches tall. On the inside they measure 3x3 inches square.
1. Take your paper and fold it in half. Open it back out, rotate 90° and fold in half again.
2. Open your paper out and lay it pattern side down.
3. Fold the bottom of your paper up to the halfway mark. Rotate 180° and repeat. Open your paper out. It should now be divided into 8 rectangles.
4. Fold the bottom of your paper up to the 1st horizontal crease. Rotate 180° and repeat. Open it back out. The middle 4 rectangles should now be divided into 8 smaller rectangles.
5. Fold the top corners of your paper down so they meet the 2nd crease down and the bottom corner up so they meet the 2nd fold up.
6. Flip your paper over. You want the folds running vertically this time.
7. Fold the bottom of your paper up to the halfway crease. Rotate 180° and repeat. Next you need to take these flaps and fold them in half again. To do this you need to fold them back on themselves to meet the edges.
8. Lift these flaps. You should see 2 triangles. Open up the triangles to make a rectangle instead. Do this on both sides and press flat.
9. Flip your folded paper over again.
10. The flaps you've just made should now be underneath. You need to bring these flaps back to the front. As you bring them forward and fold the bottom piece in half (see bottom 2 photos). Do the same on both sides.
11. To construct the box you need to raise the flaps you've just made, these are going to be the sides of your box.
I've rotated mine in the photos 90° so you can see the next steps more clearly.
12. You should have 2 creases that you made previously. You need to fold along these creases to form the lid of your box.
I found it helped to refold these lines to get a crisp edge to the box.
13. You need to keep the sides raised as you lift and pull the lid towards you. As you fold the lid you should see 2 squares, these squares will form the other sides to your box.
14. The lid is made up of 2 flaps. On the inside of each flap you should be able to see 2 triangle pockets. To close your origami box slide 1 of the flaps into the triangle pockets on the other one.
Now all you need to do is fill your diy origami boxes with your gifts or treats and if you want to add an extra finishing touch tie on some ribbon and a pretty gift tag.
If you like these you might want to check out my other diy origami gift boxes or this video tutorial here. And you can find my other diy gift boxes tutorials here.
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