There are occasions when you need a suitable container for a gift and there is nothing available. If the gift is small, why not make your own ‘wrapping’? These little boxes are really easy to make involving simple folding. They are so easy that children can make them if they are shown how.
You will need:
i. Suitable paper: photocopying paper is good – the boxes above were made with red and green 100 gsm photocopying paper on which I had printed the ‘Happy Christmas’ that I’d written out in Gothic Black Letter in a repeated pattern. Stiffish gift wrapping paper is good too.
ii. Paper should be cut into two squares, one with sides 11 cm long (the lid) and one with sides 10·5 cm (the base).
iii. A pencil and ruler. Scissors for scoring.
iv. Errm – that’s it!
How to make the boxes:
i. Use the pencil and ruler to draw lines marking the diagonals from point to point on the reverse of the patterned side, creating a cross.
ii. Fold in each corner so that the tip touches the point where the lines cross.
iii. Then fold over again, making sure that you hold the tip at the point of the cross and don’t let it slip. Repeat this for all four sides. Open out the folds so the paper is flat. The large middle square is the top (or bottom) of your box so make sure that it doesn’t get creased.
iv. In the middle of each side of the square is a small diamond.
v. Turn over to the other side and use the tip of the scissors to score a short line from tip to tip as shown.
vi. Fold in one side ensuring that the tip goes to the centre, and then fold the paper up again to make the side.
Now repeat this for the opposite side.
On the third side, push in two diamonds that you have scored as shown here.
vii. Then bend this side over to secure the other two adjacent sides. Use your fingernail to ensure that the top folds are sharp and smooth.
viii. Now repeat this for the last side and the box is secure. If necessary, you can use a dab of glue to secure the base.
ix. Repeat this for the other square making a base (or a lid).
You can do this again and again with smaller squares, making boxes that fit inside one another – a great idea for a very special surprise (perhaps something really really expensive!!). Reduce the sides by 5 mm each time.
Cut squares out using a sharp knife and straight edge, then children can easily make these boxes with a small amount of help.