Handmade Origami Box

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Handmade Origami Box




Don’t you just think this tiny origami box keepsake is the perfect fit for baby teeth that are ready for the Tooth Fairy? And look, it fits a golden coin too. Magnificent.


I will never be as surprised at the power of a piece of golden paper as I was for this origami-style craft. We celebrated birthdays in my old kindergarten and I gave each child a gift.  For a number of years, the gift for each child was a tiny specially-chosen crystal inside this folded paper golden box.


Never mind the crystal, the box was the real gift.  Truly. Just 2cm square, this golden box made from a sheet of paper was prized and sheltered and cared for like it was really made from the finest gold in the world. Lovingly carried by hand to their home post ceremony, the golden treasure box was shown to grandparents and siblings and neighbours and typically anyone who just happened to be passing by that day.  In fact, three years after a birthday, I happened to visit the home of one of my ex-Kindergarteners. I was literally shocked to see his treasure box in perfect condition sitting on his mantlepiece, crystal still in place.  I kid you not. These gold boxes are highly prized.  Scarcity is the thing.  A golden box was something to anticipate, to wonder about.  If a child was given golden boxes every day of their life, they’d soon lose their lustre.


Whilst we used the tiny box for birthdays, you can use it for your child’s first baby tooth.  Just fill the box with a scrap of wool felt or a cotton wool ball and rest the tooth upon it.  Close it up, pop it next to (or under) the pillow and let the tooth fairy do the rest.  I imagine that upon waking, a child might just find the tooth has been traded for a gold coin, a polished stone egg, a tiny piece of quartz or even a crafty personalised piece.


Would you like to make one?


From one piece of golden paper (one sided is fine- try scrapbooking shops or craft stores), cut two squares.  One 10 cm by 10cm, the other 9 cm by 9 cm.  (The smaller one is the base)



Repeat these steps for both pieces.
Firstly, fold the piece on a diagonal.  Open out. Fold the piece on the other diagonal. Open out.



Place a dot in the centre of the creases as shown. (Most adults will only need to make the pencil marks once, if at all. But children and the crafty challenged might like the extra support)



Fold each of the four corners into the centre to meet the point mark.  Open out the folds.



Now, place dot marks on all of the cross points made by the creases, as shown.



Now, fold one corner over to the furthest dot point as shown.  Open out and repeat for all three other corners.



Your piece of golden paper will now look like this.



Draw lines on the paper as shown.  Imagine there is a four-box square in the centre. (This is the base). Draw the vertical lines (on either side of the centre line) reaching from the top or bottom to the corner of this imaginary box base. Draw the horizontal line (on either side of the centre line) so that they touch the first fold line only. If these lines join the original lines, there will be trouble!



Use a pair of scissors to cut along all these lines.



Place a dab of glue in the square that sits between each cut.  Do this for all four squares.



Fold in the wings to make little gold squares like this.



Now, fill the centre square (4 boxes) with glue.



Now, when we are making a little treasure box house, we know that we always close the windows first and then the doors when we go out.  This picture helps us to remember which side folds in first.


Take hold of the sides with the ‘windows’ attached.  (The ‘doors’ don’t have any wings). Fold them up like so.



Bend the window arms in toward the other side. Fold the window over, crease at the top of the box, and at the base of the box. This will allow you to press the last triangle down onto the base so that the point touches the dot again.



Do the same with the other side.



Now, “close the doors.” Up, over, fold, down so that the point of the door reaches the dot. Be sure to re-crease all the folds as you go.  Repeat with the second piece.




There you have it. A tiny golden baby teeth treasure box for safekeeping.



Have your children lost any teeth yet?  Children seem to be losing them earlier and earlier, at 5 years or younger.  Funnily enough, a lot of the children I know tend to hold onto their teeth until 6 or older. (Not that they are happy about that!)  Even losing teeth can be a competition between youngsters.


These children tend to live the ‘slow’ life… they are the ones without too much pressure or academic push, who live surrounded by nature and good food and homegrown produce and not too much tv or an overload of material goods. They are the ones who can play for hours using their imagination as their only tool.  Mmmm… I wonder if there is something in that?


But back to treasure boxes…


What else might you use the treasure box for?

3 Responses to “Handmade Origami Box”

  1. Jane

    My Lou lost her teeth VERY early but she also had all her teeth early (4 teeth at 4 months, 12 teeth at 12 months) We spent our weekends in the garden until she was 18 months old and despite me refusing to let her start school until she was six – she taught herself to read and she now has very high ambitions/expectations of herself – I don’t want to sound provocative but I think this one is about science and genetics I’m afraid – nothing more. Anything else implied seems like judgement – if optimum health/diet is present then we don’t control when our children get or loose their teeth any more than we control when they go through puberty or anything else for that matter. But I really wanted to comment on the cute boxes – SWEET – will be making a bucket load:)

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