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...
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.
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).
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...