Homemade Origami Box Gift Tower

Learn How to Make an Origami Gift Box Tower to Fill With Goodies and Gifts

DIY origami box tower of treats - Unique homemade gift idea

Ever made an origami box? There is something magical about making paper come to life with nothing more than your own two hands.

You'll start by making four origami boxes in four sizes... learn how to make an origami box here.

Then turn your origami boxes into a unique homemade gift tower and fill it up with homemade or store-bought treats.

Homemade origami towers are thoughtful, fun, unique and they make great cheap homemade gift ideas.

This is a very forgiving homemade gift idea. The boxes don't have to be perfect... once you put them all together, the tower you create will look awesome.

You can make an origami gift tower for ANY holiday, theme or occasion... a few examples would be...

You can use origami to make adorable gift box towers for just about any holiday or occasion!
  • Christmas (as shown above)
  • Hanukkah
  • Halloween (fill with Halloween treats and/or creepy Halloween toys)
  • Sweetest Day
  • Mother's Day (you could fill it with pampering goodies)
  • Father's Day (such as with nuts, chocolate and jerky)
  • Baby Shower (fill with snacks for new parents or cute baby items)
  • Birthdays
  • Graduation (I like to put some money in the smallest top box and fill the rest with snacks)
  • Valentine's Day
  • New Years... as shown below
  • Anniversaries... even Weddings!
This New Years Tower of Yummy gifts was really fun to give!

It all starts with the right paper...

If you can find 12x12 inch paper (I use scrapbook paper) thin enough to fold and worthy of the occasion, you can make an origami gift box tower that is as playful, elegant or simply as cute as you desire!

The origami gift box tower shown to the left was a super fun gift I made for New Years.

Origami Box Gift Tower Instructions...

DIY gift box tower tutorial

I love beautiful paper, so this project is an excellent way to use lots of gorgeous paper that (I may have purchased on impulse) during my many trips to the craft store.

If you don't have paper on hand, I recommend looking for scrapbook paper (tip... card stock is much harder to fold than regular weight paper and requires scoring, which can be done... but does take significantly longer than easy-to-fold paper).

You'll Need:

  • Up to 8 pieces of coordinating 12 x 12 paper.
    Note: Alternatively, you can use a high quality gift wrap, newspaper, origami paper, anything thin enough to fold and thick enough to be a box. You can always re-enforce the box with a piece of paperboard (like that from a cereal box) cut to size and inserted in the box's top and/or bottom of the box.
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Your hands


Choosing paper for your origami tower is fun!
  1. Cut paper to size. First step, you need perfect squares. For a 4 tier gift box try starting with coordinating paper in the sizes 12 x 12, 10 x 10, 8 x 8 and 6 x 6 inches, these will be the lids of the boxes and the part most visible. You'll need to match each one with paper that is a half inch smaller to make the bottom part of each box... 11.5 x 11.5, 9.5 x 9.5, 7.5 x 7.5, 5.5 x 5.5 inches for example.
  2. Fold paper into origami boxes. Follow my origami box instructions to make 4 boxes and 4 lids (or however many you desire for your tower).
  3. Fill and Stack. 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.

Tip: For freshest candy (especially if your gift box will be traveling) purchase either packaged candy or seal the goodies in air-tight plastic wrap or plastic bags before putting in each box. That's how the gift companies do it. You won't find their goodies enclosed in paper boxes unless they have air-tight packaging as well.

Origami gift boxes and towers can literally 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...

When planning to fill your boxes... These boxes are fairly small so don't plan on filling them with gallons of treats and candies. The largest box is 4" x 4" (see the giant malt balls nestled in standard cup cake liners in the big box above) and the smallest box is only 2" x 2" (good for a single scrumptious truffle inside a mini cup cake liner or perhaps a pair of earrings with tissue paper for example).

You may also like to make a clear lid to go on your origami box... read more about making clear lids here...

Related Pages...

› Origami Box Tower of Gifts
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