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Friday, July 29, 2011

Kirigami box tutorial

I just love making kirigami boxes. This ancient art makes for beautiful and sturdy paper craft boxes with no visible fold seams. Here I am using the Pion Design "Studio of Memories" collection.

You will need 2 square papers one for the top and one for the bottom of the box, scissors, adhesive and anything you wish to decorate the box with. 12x12 papers will make a 4-inch square box and a 6x6 papers will make a 2-inch box.

STEP 1: Cut one of the papers just slightly smaller (1/4 inch or so) - that will be your bottom piece of the box. Now, find the centre of both your papers by aligning a ruler to the corners and marking in the middle of the side of the paper that will be on the inside of the box.

 STEP 2: Fold in corners to the middle.

STEP 3: Open up 2 opposite corner and then fold in the remaining 2 sides over again to the middle.

STEP 4: Open it all up and repeat on the other 2 sides. You will then get a square creased (top of the box) in the middle of the paper and a smaller square pattern on the rest of the paper.

STEP 5: On two opposing sides, cut up to the middle box shape (along the crease).

STEP 6: Fold in the uncut sides down like this:

STEP 7: Fold up on the crease to make the side of your box and fold in the cut flaps to look like below. You can use a piece of tape to keep the flaps together.

STEP 8: Fold the remaining pieces over the taped together flaps.

STEP 9: Secure with adhesive.

STEP 10: Repeat the entire process with the other sheet of paper.

STEP 11: Decorate and assemble the two parts (smaller piece of paper is the bottom portion of the box). I made a water distressed flower with my sugarplum flower tutorial technique, using 8 layers of different shape and size flower punches.

I hope you give this folded box a try. This is a great, quick little project that took me under half an hour to complete with the decorating!


Scrapthat said...

Beautiful box and I LOVE your flower!! So pretty! TFS!

Eila Sandberg said...

Yummie! this is such a lovely box and what a lucky person who gets this treasure! xxx

Ycats said...

been making these like crazy! perfect for a project I'm working on! I need 172 boxes for something and these are the perfect size and so easy to make! I'm gonna be an expert by time I'm done!


fantastic blog and work!

Unknown said...

Great tutorial for gift box, thanks

Marbel said...

A box preciososa, thanks for the tutorial, greetings from Barcelona.

monique said...

**waouh super merci

Hamilton said...

Great tutorial for gift box, thanks

jasann said...

How easy is this,thanks for sharing

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