Origami Box

By Noreen Doll.

I love making this origami box! It is very easy to do and can be made with almost any kind of paper or card stock.

The box can be made in any size you want and all you have to do is decide what size your paper needs to be.

It’s also very easy to teach kids how to make it, and once they learn it, they love creating them.

An origami box can be used as a gift box. You can even make them out of wrapping paper. The heavier paper works best for this.

All you need is a square of paper – 2 squares if you want a lid to go with the box bottom.

What You Need

1 or 2 square sheets of paper



Straight Edge or Ruler

What You Do

Decide what size you want your origami box to be and then multiply it by 3.

For instance, if you want a 3 inch square box, you will need a 9 inch square piece of paper.

1.  Lay a straight edge on your square sheet of paper from corner to corner diagonally and mark the middle.

Now use the straight edge between the opposite 2 diagonal corners and find the center again. Mark it so you have an X in the very center of the square.

2. Turn the paper so one corner is pointing at you. Fold this point up to the middle of the paper so it points exactly to the center of the X. Crease the fold.

3. Rotate the paper, putting the point of each corner at the center of the X and crease each fold, so the paper looks like this.

4. Now turn the square so one edge is toward you. Fold the edge up until the top of it meets the center of the square. Crease the fold.

Rotate the square and fold each edge up to the middle and crease each fold. So the paper should look like this.

5. Make cuts in the folds on one side. Then make cuts in the two folds on the opposite side as shown in the diagram in red.

Cut only to the first fold line – do not cut the middle.

After you’ve made your cuts, your paper should look like this.

6. Grab the point between the two cut folds and pull it out until it is unfolded.

Then fold the two side squares in until their edges meet.

Fold the point part over the two squares and into the box.  Tuck the crease into the edge fold and the point will be in the center.

Repeat on the other side of the box.

7. If needed, use a bit of a glue stick to help hold these two points in place.

8. Repeat the same steps with a second square of paper the same size to make a lid.

You don’t need to cut the lid smaller as you can kind of squeeze up the bottom to fit into the top. And having the top and bottom the same size makes them fit snuggly together.


You can make these origami boxes out of any kind of paper.  Look at these fun boxes I made from magazine pages!

And I loved this box that was made from an ad! Isn’t it great?

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. I love them all, thanks for sharing how to do it. Very cute too!

  2. Great tutorial! They’re all great, but I espcially like the ones made with magazines and ads. Awesome recycle. Would love for you to link up at Etcetorize (http://etcetorize.blogspot.ca/2012/03/make-it-great-monday_18.html). Party is on all week. Hope to see you there!

  3. Absolutely wonderful!!! I will be trying these tonight!!
    thanks again for joining me for my party.

  4. That’s neat! My kids do lots of origami. I’ll have to show this to them.

  5. Great tutorial, and perfect timing! I’ve been needing to figure out how to make these. :)

  6. FABULOUS!!! I had no idea how to make origami boxes!! Great tutorial!

    I would LOVE IT if you shared this with my reader at The DIY Dreamer :)

  7. This is such a pretty idea.

    Mrs. Delightful

  8. So cute I think I’m going to make one now. Your instructions make it look easy. Thank you

  9. Great little box! Happy Pink Saturday!

  10. We’ll be making these to keep our spring treasures in. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Just Winging It says:

    I will have to try and make this. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:

  12. What a great idea! Thanks so much for the instructions. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  13. Sounds simple, thanks for the inspiration and tutorial! Found you at Inspire Me Fridays

  14. I am not into making things like that, but it is a pleasure seeing what others design. You did a very nice job.

  15. Great tutorial. I made a box this morning with scrapbook paper. I will be making more. Thanks

  16. These boxes look great, and I love the paper you’re using.

  17. I used to make these with my mom when I was little! I’d totally forgotten how to do it. Thanks for the tutorial!! :)

  18. These are really lovely and it’s a very good tutorial. Thank you

  19. How sweet. I love the way each one can be so unique, depending on what paper you use.

  20. stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to show some blog luv! def enjoyed this post! new follower!


  21. these are great, thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

  22. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    Pinning thanks!

  23. hey noreen!

    just wanted to thank you for sharing your origami box at creative juice thursday last week. i’ll be featuring it this evening, and sharing it at pinterest.

  24. What a great tutorial!! I love origami! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you will share again this week with us!

  25. Thanks for linking this too, what a fun idea!!

  26. What a beautiful and versatile origami project!

    Thank you so much for being a part of the creative sharing at Rook No. 17! I hope we’ll have the pleasure of your company and creativity at tomorrow’s “A Little Birdie Told Me…”

    Warmest wishes,

  27. Thank you very much! These make the greatest tombs for Egyptian Pyramids! My 11 year old was so pleased with the results.

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