13 November 2014

A little gift box

Unstampabelles has a fun November challenge, with a theme of Box it Up.

Just for something a bit different, I thought I'd try making some origami boxes from newspaper.  It's much, much easier to use patterned paper, but I had a pile of newspaper and I wanted to see how it would turn out.

This is my finished box ~ click to enlarge:


The twist in this challenge is to share the process, so I took a couple of progress shots as I went along:

I didn't photograph every fold.  I made my box from memory, but are lots of websites that show step by step pictures or video if you're not familiar with this pattern.  An easy one to follow is:

The starting size was approximately 12" x 12", and the finished size is approximately 4" x 4" (base).

And the last step is to embellish... I used some old glitter diecut pieces and paper flowers from my stash.    Wrapping a piece of lace and a piece of twine around was decorative, as well as assisting to hold the box shape.

I'm also submitting my origami box at Paper Wings Productions which has an Anything Goes challenge this month.

Verdict:  The newspaper gives a nice, rustic look but it requires painting to prevent newsprint from transferring, and it is very difficult to make precise folds.  Fun to try for novelty value, but next time I'll stick to using up my old patterned paper stash.

9/12/2014: EDIT TO ADD: My project was selected as a winner at Unstampabelles

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  1. Such a sweet box Karen - it looks sensational. Thanks for joining in with us on Unstampabelles.

  2. holy cow! This is such a great tutorial! I am definitely going to try it! Thanks for playing at Paper Wings Productions!

  3. Very clever idea! Thank you for joining us at UnstampaBelles for our latest challenge!
    Claire xx
    UB DT

  4. thats a cute box karen.thanks for joining us at Unstampabelles
    DT Shylaa

  5. Thats a very nice tutorial Karen. . . Loved the final look of your box. Thanks for sharing with unstampabelles challenge. Cheers.


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