Folded Treasure Boxes

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  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Decorations


These boxes are so simple and lots of fun. They make great gift boxes or just use them to store your treasrue. Be creative... You can use a variety of papers including gift wrap, the newspaper, comics, magazines, brown paper bags, double sided origami paper, maps, greeting cards, calendars etc. Also be creative with your decorations. Here are some ideas... Jewels, buttons, stickers, sequins, paint, 3-dimentional paint, cutouts, yarn, glitter, markers, fabric, felt, ribbon, beads, etc.

Cut two sheets of paper one 1/4-inch larger than the other. The larger sheet will be the box top and the smaller sheet will be the box bottom. For the large box in the picture above we used a 6 3/4-inch square for the box bottom and a 7-inch square for the box top. The finished box was 2 1/2 wide and 1 1/4-inch high. You can make your box any size you wish. The directions for folding the box top and bottom are the same so follow the following directions to make your top and then repeat the directions for the bottom.

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1. Using a ruler draw an X on the back side of a square of paper from corner to corner.

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2. Fold one corner to the center of the X.

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3. Fold the same section again to the center line.

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4. Unfold and repeat with each of the other three corners.

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5. Make four cuts into the square along the fold lines. Cut as indicated by the dark lines in the picture to the right.

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6. Your paper should now look like this.

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8. Fold the other two sections over the sides and tuck them in on the inside of the box. Use a dab of glue to hold.

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9. Repeat folding instructions for the second square of paper. Decorate the top and sides of your box as desired.

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