You will need 8 sheets of square paper. For the top, I used Christmas-themed scrapbook paper and for the bottom I used white cardstock for sturdiness. Of course you can use any paper if you want to make a gift box for another occassion.
FOR THE TOP: Crease sheet in half. Then the bottom half to the middle and crease. Then fold the top down edge down to the lowest fold and crease. Your paper will look like this. Keep unfolded.
Fold diagonally, then unfold.
Fold down corner to the edge of uppermost crease.
Fold side along the same line.
Fold bottom corner up along edge.
Fold last corner along the edges, you will get an envelope-looking sheet.
Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point. The top portion will be an "X".
Fold in half where the two points meet in the "X". Unfold.
Fold diagonally to the right along the edge of the "X". Unfold.
Fold diagonally to the left along the edge of the "X". Unfold.
Unfold the whole sheet. Turn to make a diamond shape. Take note of all the creases.
Fold the bottom corner up along its pre-existing creases. Then fold again along the preexisting crease. Make this shape. This is important because this will be the side of your box.
Unfold the last fold, leaving the bottom corner up.
Fold the left corner along the line.
Fold the corner below along from the fold to the point.
Fold in right side.
Fold in left side.
Fold to the left, diagonally along the "X". There will be a diamond at top of the reverse side.
Fold down (diamond in half)and under (the fold should be a valley between both sides).
Fold top to the right.
Fold upwards, meeting the bottom edge of the traingle to the center fold.
Fold the top to the left.
Fold to the right along triangle edge.
Fold down and right.
Fold the top corner down and to the right.
Unfold the top portion. Take note of all the creases.
Repeat steps 2-28, until you have four.
Open the bottom edges of all four. They will look like this.
Connect the four pieces by sliding the pointed edge of one under the triangle of another.
Two connected will look like this underneath.
When connected the bottom will look like this.
NOTE: This part is the most difficult and will definately drive you crazy. I've been making these for years and I still go bonkers during this step.
Top #1. You can leave it just like this if you choose, but place a little piece of tape on the underneath side so the box stays together.
Top #2. By folding the corners under you will get this top. Again, for this top place a little tape under so the box doesn't come apart.
Top #3. Tuck in the corners again. This top will hold so no need for tape.
Top #4. Fold the corners again, then tuck. No tape needed for this top either.
Top #5. Fold the corners one more time the tuck. No tape needed, very secure.
FOR THE BOTTOM: Fold in half and open.
Fold top part in half. Then fold in half creating a vertical crease. Unfold, until you get this.
Fold bottom corner up to top and center edges.
Fold the corner up to the opposing top edge.
This will naturally fold out.
Repeat steps 39-43 until you get four pieces.
Connected by sliding one edge under another, staggering with each piece.
NOTE: Again a very frustrating step.
This inside will look like this when you've connected them properly.
The outside of the bottom will look like this.
To complete the bottom, tuck the corners under the edges, staggering.
NOTE: There will be a small hole in the bottom. So if you are going to place small objects inside the box like christmas candy or cookies, I recommend making a liner, so nothing falls out.
Put your top on your bottom and you are done!