Cute little boxes and the worst tutorial in the world

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Today I learned how to make basic origami boxes. It’s so easy that I’ve done 3 in an hour (believe me, this is a lot, considering I’m rubbish in crafts).

I took pictures of the process so I don’t forget how to make it and decided to try to show you how it’s done. Forgive my rubbish PAP (I don’t even know what PAP stands for. hahahaha) tutorial; I promise to tidy it up or even record a video if I have time. Feel free to ask any questions on the comments. 😉

I know what PAP means now – it’s step by step (or tutorial) in Portuguese. Thanks, Flavinha!! 😉

What you will need:

2 squares of card paper, 250-300 grams, any colour (if you use plain white, you can then decorate it as you wish, or ask the kids to decorate it for you)
A pen or pencil
Scissors
Ruler (or you can use one of the squares as a ruler)
Stick glue (optional)
Napkins, wrapping paper, stickers (optional)

Visual step by step:

1. You will need two squares (card paper, 250-300 grams). Mark two perfect diagonal lines from one corner to the other. Mark and cut a 0.5cm border in one of the squares (it will be the base, so the lid can fit it)

1. Mark two perfect diagonal lines from one corner to the other. Mark and cut a 0.5cm border in one of the squares (it will be the base, so the lid can fit it). The reason why we are doing this with a pen/pencil and not folding is to avoid extra crease. Don’t worry, it won’t show in your box.

2a. Fold each edge of the square so the tip touches the centre of the "cross".

2a. Fold each edge of the square so the tip touches the centre of the “cross”.

2b: it will be something like this (4 times). Make sure you crease it properly.

2b. it will be something like this (4 times). Make sure you crease it properly.

3: Then, fold each side so the tip touches the crease of the opposite triangle (that you created previously)

3: Then, fold each side so the tip touches the crease of the opposite triangle (that you created previously).

4a: The last folding part is a smaller triangle, with the tip touching the crease of the first triangle on its own side. (It's important that the creases are visible, so you know exactly where to fold)

4a: The last folding part is a smaller triangle, with the tip touching the crease of the first triangle on its own side. (It’s important that the creases are visible, so you know exactly where to fold)

4b: This is how the last folding thing should be.

4b: This is how the last folding thing should be.

5. Choose a side to be your flaps and draw a line on both sides. Note that the middle section should be "left alone" for the time being.

5. Choose a side to be your flaps and draw a line on both sides. Note that the middle section should be “left alone” for the time being.

6a. Cut on the lines

6a. Cut on the lines. I didn’t have to draw these guidelines for my 2nd box, I just put a little dot to guide me.

6b. Your "box" will look like this now.

6b. Your “box” will look like this now.

7. Connect the opposite edges (not the ones that you've just cut) to the middle of your box.

7. Connect the opposite edges (not the ones that you’ve just cut) to the middle of your box.

8. And fold it once again. All the creases will work as a guideline on this.

8. And fold it once again. All the creases will work as a guideline on this.

9a. The sides should be on a 90 degree angle with the base and you should be able to pull the bits you cut inside (next image).

9a. The sides should be on a 90 degree angle with the base and you should be able to pull the bits you cut inside (next image).

9b. See? Your box is being shaped.

9b. See? Your box is taking shape.

10. Now the flap: bring to over to the sides. It will make your box steady and you don't even need glue!

10. Now the flap: bring to over to the sides. It will make your box steady and you don’t even need glue!

11a. Do the same thing on the other side.

11a. Do the same thing on the other side.

11b. Tee-dah: your box is nearly there. You have to repeat the process with the other piece of card paper.

11b. Tee-dah: your box is nearly there. You have to repeat the process with the other piece of card paper.

12a. And this is your box done.

12a. And this is your box done.

12b. It fits perfectly.

12b. It fits perfectly.

13. If you want to add some "colour" to it, you can use tissue (this is a Xmas theme napkin!)

13. If you want to add some “colour” to it, you can use tissue (this is a Xmas theme napkin!). I forgot to mention that you have to remove all the layers of the tissue/napkin before glueing it to the box. Just use the patterned layer!

14. To add a cover, it's best to do it on the flat box. Use a glue stick, it's better than the liquid one. Start with the middle of the box (you will see a little square within all the creases - that's your box).

14. To add a cover, it’s best to do it on the flat box. Use a glue stick, it’s better than the liquid one. Start with the middle of the box (you will see a little square within all the creases – that’s your box).

15. Then glue the sides, until everything is done.

15. Then glue the sides, until everything is done. Check how I removed all the layers of the napkin.

16. You can either cut the excess of paper or fold it in your box.

16. You can either cut the excess of paper or fold it in your box. Don’t forget to cut the sides again.

17a. Now repeat the process.

17a. Now repeat the process.

17b. And fold and fold...

17b. And fold and fold…

I also learned how to make a 3D star, but this is something for another day. Check out the tiny golden box in the photo, which I made with left overs from the big box. I wrapped it with metallic tape. :-)

I also learned how to make a 3D star, but this is something for another day. Check out the tiny golden box in the photo, which I made with left overs from the big box. I wrapped it with metallic tape. 🙂

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5 responses »

  1. Wow looks easy and nice indeed! Want to do some for the favours for my big event?? **Joking** 😀 Like I would give this task to you on top of having the deal with the girls 😉 But I might think about doing them myself if I don’t find anything nice in Brazil!

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