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.
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)
- Start with your slightly smaller square and gently fold the paper in half diagonally.
- Now fold the other way and pinch the central point.
- 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.
- Fold the paper over again and keep these folds just as sharp.
- 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.
- Make two cuts at each side as per the below picture. You should not cut into the central four squares.
- Fold the uncut points into the centre – you’ll see two flaps at each side, fold these over to create a sharp crease.
- 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.
- Now holding that section almost upright, fold in the flaps to create a ‘wall’.
- Cover the wall with the redundant side.
- Glue or tape down as needed.
- Repeat this with the slightly larger square to create a lid.
- For the lid, take the slightly larger sheet and follow the same steps – it should fit over the smaller box.
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.