DIY Origami Gift Box

October 29, 2015


Many years have gone by since my elementary school days, but to this day, I still have fond memories of my favorite class – art class! I remember the long blue worktables, the huge supply cabinet in the back corner of the room, and all of me and my friends’ craft supplies strewn all over the place. And while more specific details of our art projects in those days have escaped my memory (as have the majority of other topics we learned in elementary school :X), for some reason there is one particular art lesson we had that has always stuck with me. Today I’m going to share that with you, and that is a two sided origami box, or what I like to call an origami gift box.

For this project I used some gorgeous metallic paper JamPaper sent me, and I also used some beautiful floral patterned origami paper I brought home from my trip to Japan earlier this year. The great thing about this DIY project is that you can use literally any size and type of paper you’d like, as long as the paper is flexible enough to be folded easily and can be made into a square. The only material that you absolutely need is the paper, though using a ruler, pencil, tape, and scissors can make your box more precise and/or sturdy. I remember as a kid I would simply tear along the creases I’d made, rather than using scissors 🙂

Read on to learn how to make it yourself!


Paper (for this post I worked with gold and silver paper from JamPaper and floral origami paper from Japan, you can find similar paper here) / ruler, pencil, scissors, tape – optional


  1. If your paper is not already a square (like mine, which was 8.5″ x 11″) measure and mark your paper and cut it to make it into an even square.
  2. Take two opposite corners of your square and fold them inwards towards each other so that they’re meeting at the center of your square. Then, fold those same two sides of your square into each other once more, allow their straight edges to meet in the center.
  3. Unfold the most recent folds you just made. Using your scissors (or tearing gently), cut along the innermost creases you just made in Step 2 as far up as you can without cutting the folded corners. The uncut area in the center is the bottom of your box, so it should look like a square.
  4. Now, take the bottom half of your square (which is now a diamond, from your perspective), and make a fold as high up as where you made the crease cuts in Step 3. Flip your paper around and do the same fold on the opposite side.
  5. Take the two narrow folded sides and bend them upwards to meet each other to create the sides of your box. While holding the sides together, take one of the large flaps that are remaining and fold it over the box wall and into the inner creases of the box. Do the same on the opposite side to finish the walls of the box. (If your paper is thin or slippery, you can use tape to secure these pieces)
  6. Your first box is done! Repeat these steps again to make the other side of your gift box. To make sure that they can nest into each other, make your second box slightly smaller than the first by folding tighter in Step 2 and cutting your creases further in (by about .25 inch) in Step 3.

origami-paper-gift-box-diy(Step 1) This step is just to make a square. If you’re starting off with square paper, no need to do this!

(Step 2) You can do this freehand, or with a ruler to make sure your lines are parallel.

(Step 3) This is probably the trickiest part and the one that will most determine the final shape of your box. The area you leave uncut in the middle will be the bottom of your box, so either eyeball it or use a ruler to ensure it’s a square.

origami-gift-box-diy-3 (Step 4) The important part in this step is to make clean, even folds. You can see your box is starting to come together now!

(Step 5) Where my fingers are in the first picture here is where you can place a piece of tape to hold the sides of the box together, and it won’t be visible once your box is done. This is a fun step because it’s where you see your box come to life before your eyes!

And here is the finished product! You can stop here if you’re using this for an open ended container, or you can go ahead and make your second half so that they can nest into each other.


These are the perfect shape for small trinkets, jewelry, candy, and love notes 🙂

I made a few…

They are also cute as holiday decor, sprinkled around the house!


Do you remember any favorite art lessons from childhood?


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