Today I’m back at the lovely Iona and her blog miss red fox . The theme of the # 12giftswithlove action this month is “wallpaper” and as you may know – I LOVE WALLPAPERS! In our house we have six completely differently wallpapered walls. From Orla Kiely over Avengers to a small birch grove is really everything.
Because I can only imagine very difficult, how the wallpaper looks in real (and the photos on the Internet, although quite nice, but just just photos are) I then ordered a whole pack wallpaper pattern in DIN A4 format. So I could see exactly how the colors really look, if the wallpaper has a structure and how it feels. And then decide in peace which wallpaper best suits which wall and above all to us.
From these really beautiful, but very small patterns, so I made something today. Better to say folded – oblong origami boxes! So far, I’ve always only known the square boxes, which are so intertwined, but such a long version to close I had never seen. The cool thing about the elongated box is that you do not need a certain amount, the main thing is that the paper is rectangular.
And wallpaper is wonderful, because it has just the right strength – not too thick and not too thin – so that the boxes can still fold well, but are still stable.
That’s what you need for an oblong origami gift box
- Wallpaper rest about DIN A4 format
- big ruler
- Cutter or rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- thin knitting needle
- glue stick
And so the pretty paper box is folded
- Cut the long sides and a short side of the paper to a precise rectangle. Measure the length of the paper and divide it by seven. For inaccurate values, divide so that an even number or 0.5 digit comes out of it (eg, 4 cm or 4.5 cm) and cut off any remaining millimeters.
- Draw the fold lines for this template – of course your measurements – on the rectangular paper.
- Drive all lines with the knitting needle on a cutting mat or similar. After, the paper can be folded very exactly later.
- Now it’s time to fold. Solid lines are valley and dashed lines are mountain folds. First fold all lines once according to their orientation.
- Then you start with the “ears”, so the paper corners. Fold this one.
- Then you fold the narrow strip.
- Now come the two long sides of it – also fold to the middle.
- Set up the two long sides and fold up the short side on the slopes.
- Fold the resulting “flap” inwards – so you reinforce the front wall and get a “double bottom”.
- Do the same with the triangles on the other side – this is how the hinged lid is made.
- Put the triangles together on the lid.
- Glue all appropriate surfaces, so that the box does not completely unfold when opening again.
Tip: I found Youtube” sometimes i find that easier than just working with text and pictures.>
The whole thing sounds pretty complicated now but once you get the hang of it, you can produce one box after the other. It really is not difficult.
I gave away Oreo biscuits with a DIY marble coating in one of those boxes, and one of them got my daughter for her pens. You can pack a coupon very nicely in it and generally I think small boxes are just always nice and you can not have enough of it 😉
And for what would you use the little present boxes? I’m really looking forward to your ideas.
I wish you a creative week