Monday, May 28, 2012


Y. Origami Box Ornaments by Samantha Miller

This awesome  project for D.I.Y. Origami Box Ornaments comes to us from Samantha Miller of Paper Red Shoes. I love the idea of hanging these for display (like she's done in the photo at the end of this post). Here are the directions and more from Samantha:
I have folded a few thousand of these boxes and have learned the following along the way: cut a good square, fold crisply, and practice before you use paper you really like!

Supplies needed:
  • Vintage or antique book
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Ribbon
  • Fishing line.

Tip: Whatever is on the topside of the square (as circled) is what you will see on the finished box.

Step 1:
Choose a great book. One with plate illustrations is usually best like old dictionaries with pictures. This one is over 100 years old! I got it from Oxfam for £10.

Step 2:
Tear eight pages from the book. Cut four pages into a 5in square for the top and four pages into a 4¾in square for the bottom. Depending how big your book is, you can cut larger squares for larger ornaments.

Steps 3 & 4:
Fold one top sheet in half horizontally. Fold the top half in half.

Step 5:
Fold in half again. This time vertically.

Step 6:
 Take the bottom left corner and fold it at a 45° angle so that the corner is now in the middle.

Step 7:
Fold the bottom right quadrant at a 45° angle as shown above.

Step 8:
Fold the remaining 3 cut top squares as you did in steps 1-7. You should now have four folded pieces that looks like this.

Steps 9 & 10:
Slide one piece’s side under the fold of another. Make sure the first piece’s triangular “flap” is under the one you added.

Step 11:
Slide the third piece’s side into piece’s two fold. Make sure the second triangular “flap” is under the one you added.

Step 12:
Slide the fourth piece’s side into piece’s three fold. Make sure the third triangular “flap” is under the one you added.

Steps 13 & 14:
Here’s where it gets a bit tricky, but don’t despair. You can do it! Insert the first piece’s side into the fourth piece’s fold. Tuck the fourth triangular flap under the first.

Step 15:
Gently push the sides and corners together so that the pieces fit snuggly. Repeat steps 1-14 for the bottom of your box.

Step 16:
Now your box is done, tie some ribbon, yarn, jute, or whatever around it. Cut a piece of fishing line to make a loop. Thread the line under the ribbon and tie a secure knot.

Step 17:
Take the ends of the knot and poke them into the center of the box along with the knot. Straighten ribbon back into place.

Voil√†!!   Now you have an originally beautiful ornament. Many happy folds!

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