How do you make a gift box?


Quick Answer

Fold two pieces of square card stock to make a gift box with a lid. The size of the gift box is 25 percent of the diagonal measurement of the paper.

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  1. Mark the center

    With a pencil and a ruler, draw a line along both diagonals, creating an X. If the paper has a right side and a wrong one, draw the lines on the wrong side.

  2. Fold the corners

    Bring each corner to the center of the X. Crease the folds with a bone folder or the back of a spoon, and then unfold the corners. Each fold creates a new X along the diagonal. Fold each corner to the new X closest to the opposite corner. Crease the folds, and unfold. Fold each corner to the closest X along the diagonal. Crease the folds, and unfold.

  3. Cut the box

    The card stock now has a grid of folds. At one corner, make two cuts along the folds on either side of the diagonal that are the length of two squares in the grid. Repeat the cuts at the opposite corner.

  4. Fold the box

    Fold the two uncut corners into the center. To create the sides of the box, fold up the next crease on either side. To finish the other two sides, fold the cut ends in towards each other, and fold the two remaining corners into the center of the box. Repeat the above steps with a slightly smaller square of paper for the bottom of the gift box.

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