Origami gift boxes make even the smallest of gifts seem extra special. The origami flower box is a simple variation of the traditional masu box with a decorative touch that is perfect for Valentine's Day, weddings, or anniversaries.
I recommend using the largest size of square paper you have available for this project. Slightly thicker paper seems to work best, since the petals of the finished flower are prone to tearing when the model is folded from very thin origami paper. The red box featured in this tutorial was folded using 12 inch x 12 inch scrapbook paper. The blue variation of the box was folded from origami paper measuring 8 inches x 8 inches
1. Fold a Blintz Base
To begin the origami gift box, start with the white side of the paper face up. Fold the paper in half horizontally. Unfold, then fold in half vertically. Unfold to reveal an cross crease pattern. Fold each corner into the center. This form is called a blintz base. The blintz base is a common origami form used to make many different types of models, so it's a good idea to make sure you're comfortable with the steps used to make it.
2. Flip Your Paper
Flip your paper over and fold the corners into the center once more. Remember to make sure that your creases are nice and sharp. Go over them with your fingernail or the edge of a metal ruler if necessary.
3. Fold the Top and Bottom Sides
Fold the top and bottom sides to the center of the paper as shown in the photo to the left. Unfold.
4. Fold the Left and Right Sides
Fold the left and right sides to the center of the paper shown in the photo to the left. Unfold.
5. Create the Petals for Your Origami Flower Box
Flip your paper over. Fold the middle flaps up to make triangles as shown in the photo to the left. These folds will eventually become the petals of your finished origami flower box.
6. Create the Sides of Your Origami Box
Open the top and bottom corners, leaving the other two corners folded in. Use your forefingers to coax the corner folds in, pulling the third edge upwards. Tuck the top flap in to form the side of the box. Repeat on the opposite side to complete the box.
Do not tuck in the flaps you created in the last step as you are forming the sides of the box. Pulling the edges upwards when you form the sides of your box will stretch these flaps into a petal shape.
7. Complete Your Origami Flower Box
Secure the flaps with a glue stick or a bit of double-sided tape for added reinforcement. Although some people prefer not to use glue when making the traditional masu box, this model seems to come open more easily due to the delicate nature of the petals.
Fill your box with candies or a small gift before giving it to your sweetheart.
8. A Project Variation
For a fun project variation, flip the box over and use it as a lid for a basic masu box base folded using a slightly smaller sheet of square paper. Start with the patterned side of the paper face up to make sure that the pattern shows on the top of your box lid when you are finished folding.
To make this box extra special, you can fold a small origami lotus flower frame to glue to the top. If you don't have a photo small enough for the center, try adding a rhinestone or a decorative button.