Amy here – considering the fact it’s Christmas Eve, I decided to do a Festive Special version of our new MAKE & BAKE series. I was folding up a Tinkerbell dress for my baby cousin this morning (I’m always doing things at the last minute… :D) and was wondering how to pack up the five wands I bought to go with it (she breaks everything… it’s good to have back-ups!) when I remembered my school’s Christmas Party origami boxes.
They’re a great way to keep special things like jewellery or secret snacks (*wink, wink!*) safe so they don’t get lost and stuff.
A couple of you are probably like me – last minute wrappers – so I decided to share my secret with you!
YOU WILL NEED:
- Depending on how big you want your model to be, a piece of paper or card (card is stronger and better for food) no smaller than A4 cut into the biggest square possible (remember, ALL SIDES MUST BE EQUAL!)
- A big, clean table
- Washed hands
- Long fingernails!
- Fold an origami Blintz Base (click here to find out how!).
- Open up the paper.
- Fold in the four corners to the first diagonal line they hit, as I will show below.
- Now you need to fold the four corners in once again. Be sure to check my pictures of how to do this – because I got it quite wrong when I didn’t understand them.
- Flip the paper over to the back.
(I didn’t include a picture for this because it’s kinda obvious…)
- Rotate the paper slightly so that you see a square. Then fold both the top and bottom halves to the centre. Crease well and unfold.
- Similar to before, now fold the left and right sides to the middle line. Crease well but, this time, do NOT unfold.
- This is where things get a little tricky: bring the top flap over from the right to the left.
- Fold the top and bottom right corners on the diagonal shown below.
- Now bring both flaps over from the left to the right.
- Yet again, fold these small corners over, like the right ones before.
- Now bring only the top flap over from the right to the left.
- Here comes the final, funnest part: shaping our origami box! Pry the paper open with your fingers.
- Straighten the sides carefully and, like magic, you have your origami box! 😀
- If you made your box with card, you can now decorate it with felt tips or stick on coloured paper shapes. DO NOT DRAW ON A PAPER VERSION – it will sog into the material and make the box collapse!
I hope you enjoyed making this last-minute Christmas Container!