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A traditional origami box with a new take for Christmas.

Posted by natalie m. from Bellevue, Nebraska, United States • Published See natalie m.'s 2 projects »
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  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 1
    Step 1

    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.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 2
    Step 2

    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.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold diagonally, then unfold.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold down corner to the edge of uppermost crease.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 5
    Step 5

    Fold side along the same line.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold bottom corner up along edge.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold last corner along the edges, you will get an envelope-looking sheet.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point. The top portion will be an "X".

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold in half where the two points meet in the "X". Unfold.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold diagonally to the right along the edge of the "X". Unfold.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fold diagonally to the left along the edge of the "X". Unfold.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 12
    Step 12

    Unfold the whole sheet. Turn to make a diamond shape. Take note of all the creases.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 13
    Step 13

    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.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 14
    Step 14

    Unfold the last fold, leaving the bottom corner up.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 15
    Step 15

    Fold the left corner along the line.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 16
    Step 16

    Fold the corner below along from the fold to the point.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 17
    Step 17

    Fold in right side.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 18
    Step 18

    Fold in left side.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 19
    Step 19

    Turn over.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 20
    Step 20

    Fold to the left, diagonally along the "X". There will be a diamond at top of the reverse side.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 21
    Step 21

    Fold down (diamond in half)and under (the fold should be a valley between both sides).

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 22
    Step 22

    Fold top to the right.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 23
    Step 23

    Fold upwards, meeting the bottom edge of the traingle to the center fold.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 24
    Step 24

    Fold the top to the left.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 25
    Step 25

    Fold to the right along triangle edge.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 26
    Step 26

    Fold down and right.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 27
    Step 27

    Fold the top corner down and to the right.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 28
    Step 28

    Unfold the top portion. Take note of all the creases.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 29
    Step 29

    Repeat steps 2-28, until you have four.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 30
    Step 30

    Open the bottom edges of all four. They will look like this.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 31
    Step 31

    Connect the four pieces by sliding the pointed edge of one under the triangle of another.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 32
    Step 32

    Two connected will look like this underneath.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 33
    Step 33

    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.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 34
    Step 34

    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.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 35
    Step 35

    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.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 36
    Step 36

    Top #3. Tuck in the corners again. This top will hold so no need for tape.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 37
    Step 37

    Top #4. Fold the corners again, then tuck. No tape needed for this top either.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 38
    Step 38

    Top #5. Fold the corners one more time the tuck. No tape needed, very secure.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 39
    Step 39

    FOR THE BOTTOM: Fold in half and open.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 40
    Step 40

    Fold top part in half. Then fold in half creating a vertical crease. Unfold, until you get this.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 41
    Step 41

    Fold bottom corner up to top and center edges.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 42
    Step 42

    Fold the corner up to the opposing top edge.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 43
    Step 43

    This will naturally fold out.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 44
    Step 44

    Repeat steps 39-43 until you get four pieces.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 45
    Step 45

    Connected by sliding one edge under another, staggering with each piece.

    NOTE: Again a very frustrating step.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 46
    Step 46

    This inside will look like this when you've connected them properly.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 47
    Step 47

    The outside of the bottom will look like this.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 48
    Step 48

    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.

  • How to fold an origami box. Christmas Origami Box - Step 49
    Step 49

    Put your top on your bottom and you are done!

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Mav M.
Mav M. · 4 projects
Beautiful! I'll try making it when I find my origami paper again.
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breleigh
breleigh · 2 projects
im sorry but this is to hard i tried Happy
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Joni A.
Joni A. · Wheatland, Wyoming, US · 3 projects
can you ise any size of paper is this 6x6 or 8x8 or what is the best size, for this
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Kathryn B.
Kathryn B. · 3 projects
This box is so intricate and amazing! i made it, was difficult the first time but after you get the hang of it it is cinch! just am not too sure on the top part with the 'folding down' of the corners :/ i make it up haha
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Claire L.
Claire L. · New Paltz, New York, US
I wish the directions made more sense...
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Lindsey  N.
Lindsey N. · Backus, Minnesota, US · 29 projects
I have a shortage of containers to put gifts in.
This is the perfect substituteHappy
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Callie S.
Callie S. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 16 projects
This is really beautiful. Thanks!
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Joanna
Joanna · 4 projects
Wow, this is incredible! Can't wait to try it; thanks for sharing/creating this awesome tutorial. =)
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Valentina M.
Valentina M. · 1 project
I think i'll go crazy trying to figure this out!!! Tongue
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Valentina M.
Valentina M. · 1 project
I think i'll go crazy trying to figure this out!!! Tongue
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