Monday, January 09, 2012


This adorable box is from the "How do You Make This" blog. She posted great instructions along with a  printable template.

Dear Richard, from My Old Historic House, had a wonderful suggestion. Wouldn't these make a darling box to send home wedding cake mementos. So cute! Thanks Richard.

This pretty box with it's architectural lines and swirled, star like top is a great way to package jewelry, cookies, or anything other small gift that would benefit from a fancy presentation. The box looks complicated, but once you understand how the folds work they come together quickly. 

It's better to use a good quality paper than a cardstock - cardstock can be too bulky. I used Fox River's Crushed Leaf Sparkles in the color Poppy.  It's a strong, crisp paper that's still lightweight and has just a little shimmer.  It seems to be discontinued (though there are online sellers who still have stock), but I'm sure most of the papers Neenah makes would be great, as well as most scrapbooking paper. The front and back of the paper show on the top of the box, so keep that in mind when you're selecting your materials.

The process is simple enough, but you might want to test on scrap paper.

Print the template onto the back of your paper. Click Here For Template! For best results make sure it prints at 100%.

Cut out the circle.

Using a bone folder or something similarly pointed but not sharp with a ruler, score the fold lines.

Both of the octagons and the lines that run straight through the corners of the octagons are valley folds (meaning they fold forward.) If you've scored the lines well it should be fairly easy to fold the paper.

The few remaining lines are mountain folds (meaning they fold backward.)

Once you have everything folded in the right direction you're ready to start twisting the box closed. Work your way around the box, settling each of the folds into place.  Once you've worked all the way around, they box should be ready to fold closed on it's own. Be patient and gentle with the paper until you get a feel for it - after making your first box it should be easier.

(Click the image above for a larger picture!)

That's it!  Make a bunch, fill them up and have a great holiday!

Click Here For Template!


Sarah said...

Very clever. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try this. ~ Sarah

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

How cute! I think these little boxes would make such cute party favors. I might try this!
Thanks for posting the link.

Ricki Jill

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Skogslyckan said...

Vad roligt att du hittade in till min blogg. Tack för din varma kommentar om min dukning!
Kram Pia

lvroftiques said...

What a pretty presentation these boxes make!
Thank you Priscilla for trying to help me out with my rhinestone piece! So they were popular in the 50's huh? I wonder how I managed to miss them? I actually tried it in my hair and it got so tangled up I thought "no that can't be right" *winks*

So these are fairly easy to make? I think I'm going to take the template over to my origami master mother in law and see if she'll help me.*winks* Vanna

Richard Cottrell said...

These are so much fun, I could see the in white to send a piece of wedding cake home with the un-married ladies, to dream on. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Happy-Sonne said...

Wow.... so sweet!
Thank you very much for the nice comment on my blog.
I wish you a happy week and send you a lot of greetings.

jeanetteann said...

Hi I came over from Richards Old Historic House. Thanks for sharing this clever little project. I must try it. x jeanetteann


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