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It was a while ago now but the lovely people at Laura Ashley invited me to spend a day crafting with them at Rosylee TeaRooms in Manchester.  They taught me how to make these fantastic and deceptively simple, origami boxes too!  I know what you’re thinking, because I was thinking it too…’origami…simple….really?’

Yes really!  And they’d make the perfect packaging for Mother’s Day gifts.

gift box origami laura ashley

Once you have the basic folds mastered you can make dosens of these boxes in whatever size and pattern you like.  We used wallpaper from Laura Ashley (naturally) because it’s the ideal thickness, but you can use any thin card or thick paper.  We had our pick of a wide selection and I chose these beautiful , almost oriental prints that I’d be happy to have in any room in my house….if only I knew how to wallpaper haha!

These boxes are ideal for gifts or if you’re having a New Year organisation drive, to store small items.

You will need:

2 square pieces of paper/card, (one that’s 1cm wider all around than the other – this will be the lid)

a pencil

a ruler

laura ashley wallpaper

Method:

  • Start with your slightly smaller square and gently fold the paper in half diagonally.
  • Now fold the other way and pinch the central point.

gift box

  • Fold the corners in to the centre as in the picture below.  Keep your folds very sharp here and use a ruler to flatten them if this helps.

origami gift box instructions

  • Fold the paper over again and keep these folds just as sharp.

origami gift box instructions

  • Now unfold the paper.
  • Turn 90 degrees and do the same again.
  • Unfold the paper and you’ll see that you now have a number of squares.

origami gift box instructions

  • Make two cuts at each side as per the below picture.  You should not cut into the central four squares.

origami gift box instructions

  • Fold the uncut points into the centre – you’ll see two flaps at each side, fold these over to create a sharp crease.

origami gift box instructions

  • Unfold and fold in the other two points.   You’ll see that this creates two flaps at each side of the point.  Fold these over and crease sharply as per the below picture.

origami gift box instructions

  • Now holding that section almost upright, fold in the flaps to create a ‘wall’.

instructions origami gift box

  • Cover the wall with the redundant side.

instructions origami gift box

  • Repeat.
  • Glue or tape down as needed.
  • Repeat this with the slightly larger square to create a lid.

gift box origami laura ashley

  • For the lid, take the slightly larger sheet and follow the same steps – it should fit over the smaller box.

how to make an origami gift box laura ashley

What’s that?  You’d like to know how to make the fabulous oversized bow….?  I’ll post instructions later this week so keep your eyes peeled.

Love Rachel

x

 

Be a social butterfly...

  • I love your idea to make a gift box. I love receiving gift boxes but never thought about making one by myself. Perhaps I should try it next time! 🙂 x

    • VintageFolly

      It’s so easy and once you get going, you’ll be making boxes for every occasion 🙂

  • My Unsettling Life

    First of all the papers you chose are beautiful, and the boxes are just gorgeous!

    myunsettlinglife.blogspot.com

  • pearsonlaurauk

    Wow, those gift boxes look gorgeous, and that sounds like my ideal day!
    Laura | A Life With Frills

  • VintageFolly

    There were so many to choose from – it was really hard to make a decision 🙂

  • VintageFolly

    I love spending a chilly afternoon crafting away 🙂