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MAKE :: Patchwork paper origami gift boxes

Last week I shared a tutorial showing how to make easy no-sew gift bags, so I thought I’d continue the theme this week and share another creative way to wrap with love. These lidded origami gift boxes are based on a traditional Japanese design to which I’ve added my own patchwork paper twist.

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the red thread patchwork origami box lids

To make each box you’ll need:

• four squares of paper for the lid and four for the base

• washi tape (any tape is fine, but washi is more forgiving if you make a mistake because it’s easily removed and repositioned)

the red thread patchwork origami boxes materials

Turn the paper over and tape it together.

Fold the four corners into the centre.

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Now fold two opposite sides into the centre, then open again. Make sure you crease the folds well.

the red thread patchwork origami box step2

Now fold the opposite sides into the centre in the same way. Open them again.

Open two opposite sides right out.

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Fold the two long sides up.

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Take one end and fold it towards the centre. As you do this the box corners will fold inwards.

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Fold the triangular end down into the box base. Repeat these two steps with the other end of the box.

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That’s the box lid made.

To make the base start by sticking the four pieces of paper together with tape and then trim about 3mm (one eighth of an inch) off each side of the square. Then follow the same steps to make the base, which will fit neatly inside the lid.

The paper corners will sit neatly in the base and lid without needing to be secured, but you can add a bit of fun there with a sticker.

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the red thread patchwork origami boxes tutorial

I used paper, stickers and tags from kikki.K crafting collection. This isn’t a sponsored post, the craft materials were given to me and I loved them, so I used them.


  • http://sophiamusoki.wordpress.com Sophie

    Oh my goodness! you have definitely simplified complexity of making a box. Will be trying this soon

    • the red thread

      That’s great Sophie – I’m glad to hear that it’s easy to follow. Have fun making them!

  • http://JaneLaFazio.com Jane LaFazio

    soooo darn adorable! I love the mix of paper and the beautiful presentation! thanks for the tutorial

    • the red thread

      thanks Jane

  • http://www.babbledabbledo.com Ana

    These are stunning! I love paper crafts and these are now on my list. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.allthingspaper.net/ Ann Martin

    Such a cute and fresh look!

  • http://latitasonia.blogspot.com.es/ La Tita Sonia


  • Theresa

    super- cute! Did you use 6×6 papers?

    • the red thread

      thanks Theresa, yes, they’re 6 x 6. Good guess!

  • http://www.deborah-weber.com/blog Deborah Weber

    What a delight to discover your charming blog. These boxes are perfectly wonderful, and what clear instructions. Thanks for sharing – I’ll certainly be making them.

    • the red thread

      Hi Deborah, thanks so much for your lovely comment. I’m happy you found me!

  • http://catarinaregina.blogspot.com Regina

    Hello Lisa, I love your diy, they are so inspiring. I first saw that stool makeover and I fell in love.

    I hope you don’t mind but I posted about this diy on my blog, and I’m going to try the no-sew gift bags – they are also so adorable.

    • the red thread

      Thanks Regina! I never mind people linking to my DIYs as long as they play nicely and link with love. (there is info in the sidebar of the blog) I’m always happy to hear when people are making things from my tutorials.

  • https://www.fetpak.com/index.php/jewelry-boxes-gift-boxes-apparel-boxes-giftware-boxes-pen-boxes-c-215_216 Gift Boxes

    OMG! You have done it amazingly! How you have make it so simple with step by step guide, superb!

    • the red thread

      thanks for your enthusiasm!

  • http://www.papercutsongs.etsy.com lilach- papercutsongs

    So lovely!!! I will try and show you the results 😉

  • http://www.paperboxco.com/ Margarita Law

    I am so glad I have found this site because I have always wanted to try to make my own boxes. Now, I think this is a dream come true. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial.

    • the red thread

      Oh you’re so welcome Margarita! I hope you enjoy making them!

  • http://www.favecrafts.com Julia @ FaveCrafts

    Hi Lisa,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of DIY gift boxes! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/diy-gift-boxes/

    Have a great day!

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    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about
    this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a
    few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is
    wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

  • Luann Clark

    This is lovely. I like the coordinated effect of the papers. This is a great way to get a big effect without tons of work! Thanks so much for documenting your process and sharing it with all of us.

    • the red thread

      Thanks Luann, it’s a nice way to mix things up and customise gift wrapping or storage. I hope you enjoy making them.

  • http://www.thedailysmudge.blogspot.com emily

    These are just gorgeous! love the colours…
    Just found your blog recently… so lovely! Look forward to reading lots more :-)

  • jet

    wooow this is so cool and lovely, like this very much. i’m glad i saw the link.
    thank you for an other great tute of you and the sharing.
    i will try this out soon;-D

  • J M

    Beautiful photos to illustrate and surprisingly easy to make! First one turned out nicely! Thanks so much for posting this!