DIY Origami Advent Calendar Box Tutorial

DIY Origami Advent Calendar Box Tutorial via @paper_kawaii
DIY Origami Advent Calendar Box Tutorial via @paper_kawaii

This origami advent calendar box is the perfect gift to make this Christmas. These origami drawers are contained within an origami frame with 12 drawers in total. Makes a great Advent calendar box or jewellery box.

Ok, so there are a lot of boxes to make here, however if you’re looking into making an advent calendar box of any kind- it will involve making this many boxes… I always wonder if I should make tutorials for such things as this. Do people really make them? I would think this would take an evening to complete. Which I suppose is not that long. It really is a nice looking box.

This doesn’t have to be used as an advent calendar at all, it would make a great jewellery box too.

Origami xmas tree – use 7.5 x 7.5 cm. Paper bow – or there’s lots of different bows already here. Pipe cleaner bow – (just get one and make it into a bow shape!).

Numbers – I typed some numbers in a font I liked and printed them, cut them out and stuck them onto some circles. I made a little PDF you can print out. Print the first page on white paper and the second onto a colour paper you want –  (font is berkshire swash) Click here to download the PDF

These drawers are the exact same as the ones I used/made for the Origami Secret Drawer Tower.

Using thick paper is highly recommended. You will probably want to glue all of the boxes together and inside the frame so that the drawers work well when pulled.

Design: © Paper Kawaii Copyright Information
Level: ★★★☆☆

You will need:

Paper sizes: 15 x 15 cm (24 sheets in total!) 20.5 x 22.5 cm (2 sheets) 20.5 x 26 cm (2 sheets)

Final model size: 20 x 17 x 6 cm

To work out a custom paper size, follow the sums on this diagram.

Example alternative paper sizes:

Outer boxes: 12 x 12 cm | Rectangle size 1: 16.3 x 18 cm | Rectangle size 2: 16.3 x 20.8 cm
Outer boxes: 20 x 20 cm | Rectangle size 1: 27.2 x 30 cm | Rectangle size 2: 27.2 x 34.6 cm

(Make sure your paper is orientated landscape when you start the frame.)

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Brady Otis
Brady Otis
1 year ago

would construction paper be good, or is there some other type of paper to use

30 days ago
Reply to  Brady Otis

Idk, but I made it with normal paper and it was sturdy. Maybe construction paper would be too thick, but you can try it

Brady Otis
Brady Otis
1 year ago

I love this idea. I am going to make one for each of my family members. thank you so much for the idea.

2 years ago

I’m gonna use this just for storage- but the idea itself is REALLY cute :3

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