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Origami Box Card

Origami Box

Hi All!

First, sale alert: Simon Says Stamp is having 13% off all their branded products, today only. Use code THIRTEEN at checkout.

On the way home from school with Courtney earlier this week, she was showing me a “cool thing” she made. I was kind of watching in the rear view mirror (trying to keep my eyes on the road!). She just flashed it quickly and then put it down. I said, “WHOA. Hold on. Wait till we get to the light. I need a closer look at that.” It was a box that folded flat – perfect for a card. That night, she taught me how to make it – it’s very easy to do. This video is longer than usual because I went through the entire folding process in real-time, which took 8 minutes. Here is a photo of the box opened up:

Origami Box

And a view from above:

Origami Box

The kitty is from the Three Amigos set, which I used last week on THIS CARD and a few months ago on THIS CARD. Oh, and I created a subtle, stamped-off background on the inside with the Drawn Hearts Background.

For some reason, Simon Says Stamp doesn’t have Filled With Love in their store anymore. I emailed them to see what the story is. I will report back as soon as I know.
UPDATE: It’s discontinued. 🙁

My new trimmer, the Fiskars ProCision Rotary Trimmer, makes its first appearance today. So far, I really like it.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: Y21, YR24, E99, 0, YG25, YG09

Three Amigos
Three Amigos
Drawn Hearts Background
Drawn Hearts Background
Remember This
Remember This
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Litte B Heart Dies
Little B Heart Dies
Doodle Twine, Black Beetle
Black Beetle Twine
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Pink Pirouette
Pink Pirouette Ink
Memento Luxe Rose Bud Ink
Rose Bud Ink
Memento Luxe Love Letter Ink
Love Letter Ink
Stardust Glitter Pen
Stardust Glitter Pen
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Bone Folder
Bone Folder
Fiskars ProCisionTrimmer
Fiskars ProCision Trimmer
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Stardust Glitter Pen
Stardust Glitter Pen


  1. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 5:30 am


    I hope your hubby appreciates this wonderful card and you have a great Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure I have the patience to replicate it but I might give it a try if I have some time. Getting the right wrapping paper is important too. You chose well. .

  2. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 6:19 am


    What à fabulous idea ! Loooove it and have to try ! Thank you !

  3. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 8:18 am


    Love, love, love this card, Darlene! Thank you to Courtney for sharing. I’m interested in knowing about the “Filled With Love” stamp set and dies as I was looking for it last month on SSS. Origami is always fun for me!

    • wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Jan. SSS confirmed that it’s discontinued. So sad. 🙁

  4. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 1:13 pm


    What a fantastic card! Am definitely going to give it a try. Thanks to Courtney for a neat idea and to you for sharing it in your creative way.

  5. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 1:41 pm


    Love love love this card. I am going to try origami folding for sure.

  6. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    mary w

    This is very cute and thanks for eliminating our trial and error with paper and string length. I wonder if I could make the box then insert a thin package of some gum or candy inside before closing in order to make valentines for 1st graders. Do you think there is enough room?

    • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Oh yes, anything flat like that would work!

  7. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 3:02 pm


    Love this! I cannot wait to share this with my daughter, she loves origami! Thanks for the great instructions:)

  8. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Carol Mac

    Darlene, could I use dsp from Stampin Up or do you think it would be too thin? I will definately try this one! TFS

    • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Carol. I think the DSP would be too thick. You could make it work, but I think it won’t want to lay flat.

  9. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 4:34 pm


    Such a cool card, Darlene! Thank you, Courtney, for sharing. I’d love to know where you found double-sided wrapping paper. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. One tip for tying the bow that I got from Julie Ebersole, is to use cross-lock tweezers to hold the knot when you’re tying the actual bow. Like the EK Success tweezers. When you tie your first knot, just clamp the tweezers on to it. They hold the twine, so that you have both hands free to tie the actual bow loops. I’ve tried it myself, and it really does help! Anyway, just thought I’d share. Thanks again for showing us how to do this unique card! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 7:44 pm


      Thanks Andrea for that bow tying tip. I’m going to try it!

    • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Andrea. I got the wrapping paper at Costco. Great idea on the tweezers! I’ll have to give that a try.

    • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Carol Mac

      great idea…never thought to use mine for holding a knot, I usually get my husband to lend a finger! 😉

      • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 8:16 pm

        Darlene DeVries

        Carol, I love the vision of your husband holding your knot for you. 🙂 That’s true love.

        • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 8:33 pm

          Carol Mac

          yup and he gives me an honest opinion about mt cards too which I appreciate! He does like most of them and makes suggestions for guy cards…oh yeah, I have to enter the challenge…maybe I will get him to choose my entry! ?

    • wrote on March 16th, 2016 at 2:06 pm


      Andrea, I found reversible wrapping paper at Hallmark for $2.99 for a small roll. They have buy one, get one 50% off at my store. They indicated it is usually seasonal so you may have trouble finding. The selection is limited. Costco is also seasonal at my store.

  10. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Jan Castle

    Sooooo cute – kudos to you 11 year old daughter! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  11. wrote on February 6th, 2016 at 10:29 am


    I love those “gem moments” when our children teach us something new. This is really a cute idea, just in time to finish up some Valentine cards I’m making for the girls at work. BTW, I purchased the same Fiskars trimmer a couple of months ago and REALLY love it. Hope you do too!

  12. wrote on February 6th, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Barb H.

    I love this card! Not 10 seconds after I thought “this folding looks like those fortune tellers I made in grade school” you said the same thing! I just put my daughters (both in college) Valentines packages in the mail this morning. I wish I had seen this card because I like it better than the one I put in their boxes. I may just make a couple similar to yours and put it in the mail for a second Valentines surprise. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Barb, you are the greatest mom ever to send V-Day packages to your college girls. I bet they love it!

  13. wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Barb M.

    Love this card! I can see using this little box idea for many other cards too. Birthdays and Christmas. Thank you for sharing your great inspiration!
    I have a question, I can’t seem to find the button to add to favorites anymore and I definitely want to add this one. Is it gone or am I just not seeing it? Thanks.

    • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Sorry about that, Barb. I was adding some features to the forum yesterday and I guess my changes affected that link. I fixed it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

      • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 3:13 pm

        Barb M.

        Whew! Thanks Darlene. Thought maybe I was loosing it! (haha) 🙂

      • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 8:36 pm

        Carol Mac

        Darlene, I don’t see the forum questions on the right side anymore…seems I have to click on it at the top. Did you take it off the page? just wondering…

        • wrote on February 7th, 2016 at 9:51 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          I just upgraded my forum software. There is a bug that they are working on. Hopefully they will fix it soon and they will reappear!

        • wrote on February 8th, 2016 at 8:38 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          It’s back!

  14. wrote on February 9th, 2016 at 5:27 am


    Well, Epic Courtney did it again!!! this origami box is fantastic and really, surprisingly easy to make, the sky is the limit as to what paper to make it with, this is one of those projects that can be perfect for any occasion just by changing the paper.
    Tell Courtney thank you, thank you for sharing this with us Darlene, I love it and you shared it just in time for Valentine’s Day!! perfect timing.
    Big Hugs,

  15. wrote on February 9th, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Susan Berry

    Love this card and the origami box. I will have ti try. Thank you Courtney for sharing this with your mother. Thanks Darlene.

  16. wrote on February 10th, 2016 at 4:53 am


    This is super cool! Thanks to your very clever daughter, Darlene!
    Love the idea of a little surprise on the card.
    Thanks for the detailed instructions, I am going to make this this minute!
    Hugs to you both!

  17. wrote on February 10th, 2016 at 12:42 pm


    I love this card, Darlene! And I’m glad you got that trimmer – I remember talking about it on the forum a while ago! I love it!

  18. wrote on February 14th, 2016 at 9:52 am


    I have that paper trimmer!! Just had to say that first. The ONLY thing I do not like about it is the “fold” is right at a critical measurement for us CARDMAKERS. Also, one other thing that happened with mine was I was cutting acetate one day and slid the acetate to the measurement I needed and it swiped the thin plastic that is adhered to the top and I ended up having to remove it. Don’t panic if this happens to you, it will not affect the measure marks, lines or anything like that. I ended up just peeling both sides off. You will know what I mean it it happens to you…you can’t see it until it does. BUT IT IS THERE!! LOL I can’t wait to see the video you do on it because I’m positive you know something about it I still have not figured out in the months I’ve had it. :b

    Now the card…your daughter is so cleverly fantastic!! I’ll bet that when you saw her with that origami box the first thing you thought was how can I use it on a card, right??? Your instructions were awesome!! You always move slow enough and don’t change your camera angle so that it’s easy to follow along. Thank you (and your daughter!!) for another great card video tutorial. Sorry I’m late to the party, just have not been feeling good lately. =/

    Oh and thank you so much for showing me how to easily color a cat! HAHA

  19. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 2:05 pm


    Oh, this is adorable! Thanks for sharing such a fun technique.

  20. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 5:39 pm


    Darlene, do you have any updates on the new trimmer? Joann’s has a coupon for 60% off.

    • wrote on February 21st, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Jan, so far I love it. I’m hoping to show more of it in the next month or so. For now, it’s seriously thumbs up.

  21. wrote on February 22nd, 2016 at 9:31 pm


    Love this card. What’s the gold pen?

    • wrote on February 25th, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Sorry I forgot to add that to the supply list! It’s a Stardust glitter pen. I added it.

  22. wrote on February 27th, 2016 at 3:22 pm


    Any thoughts on using vellum for the box?

    • wrote on February 28th, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Maybe a really thin vellum (25 lb) would work well. I think the 40 lb would be too thick.

  23. wrote on March 6th, 2016 at 6:04 am


    I just made this one with DSP for the my daughter’s 8th birthday. Really happy with how it came out. Yes it doesn’t sit perfectly flat but it still works great. Hope she likes it!

  24. wrote on June 20th, 2017 at 11:06 am


    Wow! Just an absolute awesome card and video! I just joined LLC and I’m having so much fun watching you create! Your directions are clear and precise and the video quality is superb! I can’t wait to try this lil box! Thank you !

    • wrote on June 21st, 2017 at 10:28 am


      Thank you Jamie! 🙂

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