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3 Ways of Making Origami Boxes with Paper & Lid (with Video)

How to Make Origami Boxes with Paper & Lid

Ever want to make an origami box but don’t know how? This blog post has three ways of making origami boxes, with and without a lid, using just paper. There’s also a video tutorial!

How to Make Origami Boxes with Paper & Lid

Whether it’s the Holiday season or not gift boxes are useful throughout the year. So, we thought of creating a paper gift box tutorial for you guys! Learn how to make origami boxes with us today.

The first tutorial is the all-time popular origami masu box. This origami box tutorial includes a separate lid and you can use 2 different colored papers for the box and the lid. The difficulty level is somewhat between easy and intermediate. The 2nd tutorial is a cube box that has an attached closure (lid) and it’s beginner-friendly. The 3rd one is a bit tricky but we’re hopeful that you can make it with the help of our step-by-step instructions.

All of these origami boxes are perfect for packaging small gifts. The best thing about these is that they’re handcrafted with love, and can be personised or customized however you wish. You can use fun and bright-colored craft papers to decorate these boxes. Let’s not keep you waiting and head over to the tutorial.

origami box

Things You’ll Need 

 Tools

  • These 3 crafts do not require any tools

 Materials

  • Colored craft papers or origami sheets

Origami Box Instruction

 Tutorial 1: How to Make Origami Box with Lid 

 Step 1: Base Folds and Creases

Prepare a piece of square sheet and work basic half folds (diagonal and vertical-horizontal folds) on it. Unfold so that the half-fold creases are visible. Take any one corner of the sheet and bring it to the center of the square sheet.

One by one fold the rest of the corners to the center. Now, keep the corner folds as they are and now fold any one side of the current paper along the middle line.

Origami Box Tutorial 1 - Step 1: Base Folds and Creases

 Step 2: Base Folds and Creases

Fold the opposite side of the current paper along the middle line as well. Unfold the 2 side folds and now do the same with the 2 other sides. Unfold them as well.

Unfold any 2 opposite corner folds to form corner flaps. Now all the base creases are ready.

Origami Box Tutorial 1: Step 2: Base Folds and Creases

 Step 3: Forming the Sides

Fold up the 2 opposite sides (of the folded corners). Fold in any 2 diagonal creases on the same side.

Bring the diagonal creases to 90 degrees and from that side of the box. Now, Tuck in the corner flap of that side.

 Step 3: Forming the Sides

 Step 4: Forming the Origami Box

Flatten the corner flap’s triangle end with the bottom side of the box. Similarly, form the opposite side of the origami box.

Now, take another piece of sheet for the origami lid. Follow the first steps of the origami box but when aligning the sides with the middle line, make sure to align the sides slightly away from the middle line; this will make the lid slightly bigger than the box.

Step 4: Forming the Origami Box

Step 5: Crafting the Lid

Fold all 4 sides to form the side creases. Unfold any 2 opposite corner flaps.

Form the sides of the paper lid and check if it fits the box. And done! Let’s move to the next tutorial.

Step 5: Crafting the Lid of Origami Box

Tutorial 2: How to Make Classic Origami Box for Beginners

Step 1: Base Folds and Creases

Follow the base creases and the corner folding part as we did for the origami box. Now, fold 1/3 of the current pattern along any side.

Fold the other side of the 1/3 folded pattern and then unfold.

Step 1: Base Folds and Creases

Step 2: Forming the Sides

Similarly, fold the other 2 sides of the current pattern. Unfold any 2 corner flaps and make sure that the corners of the 2 folded flaps are flattened with the pattern’s center.

Fold up the 2 folded sides, and fold in the diagonal creases.

Step 2: Forming the Sides

 Step 3: Forming the Sides

Tuck in the adjacent corner flap and flatten the triangle end of the flap with the bottom side of the box.

Now, let’s work on the opposite side. Fold up the other side but do not tuck it in. Use that side as the box cover.

Classic Origami Box - Step 3: Forming the Sides

 Tutorial 3: How to Make Origami Spiral Closure Box 

Step 1: Base Folds and Creases

Follow the base creases and the corner folding part as we did for the origami box. Unfold the corner folds.

Now, fold any one of the corners to the crease of the opposite corner.

Step 1: Base Folds and Creases

 Step 2: Base Folds and Creases

One by one, fold and form creases for all 4 sides. The current sheet should have 16 square grids in the middle part of it.

This part is a bit tricky. Notice the 2 yellow dots on the sheet. Make a crease between the dots. The dots aren’t random, they’re positioned on corners of the squares of the crease grids.

Origami Spiral Closure Box  step 2

 Step 3: Side Creases

One by one form creases between the dots on all 4 sides. Then, fold up 2 opposite sides along the initial corner flap creases.

Fold up the diagonal creases of all 4 sides.

Origami Spiral Closure Box  step 3

 Step 4: Form the Sides

Now we are going to work on one corner at a time. Bring any 2 sides adjacent to each other and make sure that they are positioned to 90 degrees. Tuck in the creases (short creases) formed in the previous step.

Fold up the sides and tuck in the short creases one by one. Now, let’s close the top by closing the 4 flaps.

Origami Spiral Closure Box  step 4

 Step 5: Closing the Top

Flatten any one flap to start closing. Fold the next flap under the first one and tuck the third flap under the 2nd.

Tuck the last flap over the first one and under the 3rd one to close the box. And that’s all!

Origami Spiral Closure Box  step 5

 Video Tutorial: How to make Origami Boxes

Having difficulty making origami boxes? Learn the basic origami folding steps for origami boxes with the help of our video tutorial.

Tips for Beginners to Fold Perfect Origami Boxes

Here are some tips if you’re having difficulty crafting origami boxes.

  • Use light or medium-light craft papers for small boxes and use cardstock paper for large boxes.
  • Use a square sheet to make basic square origami boxes if you want to practice the origami box-making process.
  • The initial base folds need to be done neatly.
  • Use a ruler to measure while folding if you’re not confident about free-hand folding techniques.

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There’s no doubt that origami projects are one of the best ways to build a child’s motor skills and are therapeutic for adults as well. We really hope you like our origami box tutorials and enjoy crafting them yourself. If you try to create any of these origami boxes, please tag us on Facebook or Instagram (use #thecraftaholicwitch) and show us how you’re using or decorating the origami boxes.

Happy Crafting!

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