Make a Perfect Homemade Gift Box Anytime with Easy Origami Box Instructions
If you're new to origami, welcome! The Masu Box is an especially great place to start because it's pretty easy to master and very versatile.
For example, depending on the paper you use, you can make a plain and simple box or a very festive one.
The Masu Box makes a particularly wonderful homemade gift box for truffles and other candies as well as jewelry and just about any small gift or trinket.
Perhaps You're Ready to Go With the Origami Box Instructions Below... Or Perhaps You Need a Pep Talk...
Origami looks confusing at first with all the folding and unfolding but really... It's just a bunch of folding and suddenly you have a box... Or a star... Or whatever you are creating. It's not very hard. Make one with practice paper first (repeat if needed), then break out the good stuff and start your real project(s). That's all it takes... An initial walk-through using these origami box instructions and you'll see that these are not too hard to make, they get easier each time and they are fun!
Origami Box Instructions: Easy Origami Gift Box
Choosing Paper: You can use just about any paper (even card stock but keep it at about 65lb or lighter and you'll need a bone folder or back of a spoon to run along folds for solid creasing)...
Try using origami paper, gift wrapping paper (recycled or new), construction paper, stationary paper, patterned scrapbook paper, typing paper, textured craft paper, newspaper, paper from books and magazines...
Tip: Keep in mind that one side will be completely enclosed by the folds so you only need a pleasing color or pattern on one side. In fact, you can even patch together a few different pieces of scrap paper into a perfect square (just keep the tape on the side that will be hidden) for a more eclectic look.
For the box and lid you'll need:
To Make an Origami Gift Box:
Start with a perfect square of paper with the patterned or colored side down and use the images and accompanying origami box instructions below as a guide for creasing and folding.
Tip: The best origami boxes are made with perfectly square paper. If a paper is labeled 12 x 12" or 6 x 6" however, it's still a good idea to measure each side anyway and trim if needed. This is because there is a small variance in paper manufacturing and you may have an extra 1/8" or so on one side, which can make a big difference in your finished box.
|The box is almost done: The next part in these origami box instructions is harder to understand from written instructions but the truth is, all the folding and creasing you just did, will cause these last steps to practically form themselves. Do it just once and you'll see what we mean. One second you have a folded piece of paper, the next... a beautiful box!|
Let's review these origami box instructions with real photos...
To Make a Perfect Fitting Lid: To make a perfect fitting lid, repeat this entire process starting with a square of paper that is 1/2" larger than the base. For example, a small gift box with a lid can be made with one each of 5.5" and 6" pieces of paper.
The above is a great size for a single truffle in a mini cupcake liner (as shown below) or you can fit four to eight truffles by using a 12" x 12" and 11.5" x 11.5" paper for your box and lid.
Want to make your own truffles? We've got truffle recipes and tips...
Master This Technique and You'll Use It Forever!
Did you just make your first Masu Origami Gift Box?
Now make one more... Great job!
A couple more and you'll be a an absolute pro!
These easy little origami boxes are awesome for little treats, jewelry and more. Plus you can use nearly any paper you like as long as it is foldable... think re purposed gift wrap paper for example!
In addition to using gorgeous paper, wrap origami gift boxes in coordinating ribbons, raffia or yarns, this makes a big difference in final presentation...
Spice It Up: You can embellish these boxes any way you like. Spice them up with...
|A Cute Idea: Make your own origami box gift tower by making 3 or more gift boxes in slightly varying sizes. For example, a beautiful four box tower could be made by starting with coordinating 12 x 12, 10 x 10, 8 x 8 and 6 x 6 inch papers. Make each box with a lid. Fill each box with treats and stack them into a gift box tower. Wrap ribbon around the bottom box and pull ends to the top box to tie a bow.|
Origami boxes can be used all year long... last minute gifts, birthday gifts, holidays, wedding favors, gifts for special occasions, thank you gifts, even fundraising and bake sale items will be more impressive when they come in an origami gift box...
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