DIY RECTANGULAR ORIGAMI GIFT BOXES.

There are so many ways you can make a cute little gift box but one of my absolute favourites are still these origami gift boxes? I even made an updated video version last year (you can find it here) so you can imagine how excited I was when I realised you could make a rectangular version as well. Knowing how to make an easy gift box in a couple of minutes can be a lifesaver when you’re stuck in a pinch. Read on to see how all your last minute gift giving worries can be solved.

HOW TO MAKE DIY RECTANGULAR ORIGAMI GIFT BOXES.

1. Cut your paper to size.

I like to use scrapbooking paper for my origami boxes. I find that the paper is thick enough to make a sturdy box but not too thick (like card) that folding becomes too difficult.

I used the American Crafts Pebbles scrapbook 12 x 12 paper pad and trimmed it to size. For the lid I used an 8 x 8 inch piece of paper and for the base a piece measuring 7.5 x 7.5 inches.

2. Fold your paper in half across the diagonal, unfold and fold again on the opposite diagonal.

3. Open your paper out and fold the top and bottom corners into the center point.

4. Open back out and fold the same corners in again but this time to the crease you created in the previous step.

5. Next fold the bottom and top edges into the middle. You should now have 2 diamond shapes on each side.

HOW TO MAKE DIY RECTANGULAR ORIGAMI GIFT BOXES.

6. Take the diamond shapes and fold them in half to make 2 triangles on either side. You do this by taking the corners and folding them in to meet where the previous folds touch.



7. Rotate 90 degrees and fold the bottom and top edges in to meet the point of the triangle.

8. Unfold so your paper resembles step 5 again. Fold the bottom and top edges in again to meet in the middle.

9. When you look at your paper you should see 3 folds going across the top and bottom. Refold along each of these creases as it will help in the next step.

HOW TO MAKE DIY RECTANGULAR ORIGAMI GIFT BOXES.

10. Open back out to step 5. Lift up the sides and as the corners fold in press and crease them to make small triangles.

11. Fold the top over and press down. In most cases the base stays flat but if you have any trouble with the pointed flaps sticking up use a little glue or double sided sticky tape to secure them.

12. Repeat on the other side and voila, you have half of a rectangular origami box.

To make the base repeat the above steps but this time make your paper 1/2 an inch smaller. So if your lid is 6 x 6 make your base 5.5 x 5.5.

An 8 x 8 inch piece of paper will make a finished box measuring 5 x 2.25 inches and 1 inch tall.

DIY RECTANGULAR ORIGAMI GIFT BOXES.
DIY RECTANGULAR ORIGAMI GIFT BOXES.

Of course you don’t have to use them as gift boxes. You could use the half boxes to store all sorts of bits of pieces on your desk like washi tape, paperclips or maybe even a few sweets. You could even use them as drawer organisers using a combination of the square origami boxes and these rectangular ones.

Happy folding. Don’t forget to let me know if you make any of these boxes. I’d love to know what you use them for. 

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