Origami Gift Boxes

Origami Gift Boxes

Learn how to use origami folding techniques to create gift boxes with lids for small items. Origami gift boxes are perfect for creatively packaging a special gift for a friend or family member! 


  • Scrapbook paper, cardstock weight (2 sheets to create one box)
  • Clear tape
  • Ruler
  • Straight Edge
  • Pencil
  • Xacto Knife or Scissors

Step 1: Begin by cutting one sheet to make it smaller than the other. On two sides of the same corner, cut a quarter of an inch off. 

Step 2: Choose a sheet to begin folding. If your paper is patterned, make sure the patterned side (the side you would like to see) is facing down.

Step 3: Fold the paper in half vertically. Always make sure to crease firmly. Open it up and fold in half horizontally. Open it up. You should now see four squares. 

Step 4: Fold the paper in half diagonally by bringing one corner to the other. Open it up and fold it diagonally in the other direction. 

Step 5: Starting with one corner, fold it into the center by lining up the point with the center of the paper. You will be able to find the center of the paper by identifying where all of the fold lines intersect. 

Step 6: Leaving the paper folded with the point touching the center, fold it in half again by lining up the folded edge with the folded line in the center of the paper. 

Step 7: Unfold those two folds and repeat steps 5 and 6 with each corner.

Step 8: Fold two of the points into the center and allow the two side walls to stand.

Step 9: While holding the sides, use your pointer fingers and thumbs to ‘raise the house’ section of the folded paper by pressing in the pre-folded flaps. 

Step 10: Fold ‘the house’ section in half and tuck it into the center of your box, making sure to crease as you make the folds.

Step 11: Repeat on the other side. 

Step 12: Secure all center points with a small piece of tape. 

Step 13: Repeat with your second sheet. Notice that one side of the box is smaller than the other. The larger one is the lid of your gift box. 

Learning and Discussion Questions:

Contemporary artists use the technique and tradition of origami to create works of art. View the following links to learn more about these artists. 

A. https://mymodernmet.com/contemporary-origami-artists/

B. Sipho Mabona, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYkEoqCll-WqgLz0LCwiORg

C. Robert J. Lang
i. https://langorigami.com/ 
ii. Origami Tree Frog Tutorial (45 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yemuGjk-Qyo

D. Goran Konjevod, TEDx Phoenix 2919 Goran Konjevod, Organic Origami

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