Origami Box

This origami box is easy to make with these step by step instructions and photo's.
It may seem like a lot of steps but don't worry once you have made one you will find the next one is even easier.

All you need is a square piece of paper and this tutorial, that’s it. If you want to make a lid you will need 2 square pieces of paper.

Materials and Equipment

  • A square piece of paper per box

The lid is just another box that fits over a slightly smaller box.
The paper used for the lid will need to be a few millimeters bigger than the paper used for the base. The lid will completely cover the sides of the base so use any decorative paper for the lid.

Mia's Top Tip

The easiest way to make a rectangular piece of paper square is to fold it diagonally so the shorter edge is lined up along the longer edge.

Make a fold along line A and crease using your finger.

The paper should tear neatly if the fold is sharply creased. You can cut along the crease with scissors if you prefer.


Origami Box Tutorial Page 1


Fold your piece of paper in half diagonally, top left corner to bottom right corner, crease using your finger, then open the paper.



Fold diagonally again top right corner to bottom left corner, crease again.

Open the paper so you have creases that form an X.



Fold the top right hand corner into the center of the paper so the point of the corner is touching the center of the X.

Crease the paper as before.




Repeat with the other corners.

Open all the corners as in the photo.


Fold the top right hand corner over the center crease to the crease half way along the other side.

Make sure the point touches the center of the crease. 

Crease open the paper then repeat with the rest of the corners.




Your paper should now look like the one in the photo.



Fold the top right hand corner over to the center of the first crease on the top right hand side.

Crease, then repeat with all the other corners.


Mia’s Craft Ideas

These origami boxes have loads of uses they can be filled with sweets or biscuits.

You can use them to store small bits of craft materials such as beads or buttons.

You can make them in many different sizes - use a piece of card in the base to strengthen bigger boxes.

They are a great way to present a hand made gift or to make brought items extra special.

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