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Origami Santa Claus and Elf Gift Box

Looking for a cute, easy-to-make Christmas present for family or friends?

A while back I came up with this origami Santa and Elf gift-box idea, and it might be just what you’re looking for. The gift boxes are easy to fold and you don’t even need glue to make them!  They were inspired by a pyramid box created by Javier Caboblanco (Spain).

Materials to make the Santa:

  • One duo-color 6×6″ (15x15cm) square of paper, red on one side and white on the other.
  • One 6×6″  (15x15cm) square of white paper (both sides)
  • One 3-inch strip of white paper

The following video shows instructions on how to make both the origami Santa and the Elf boxes.

Other ideas to use these paper Santa and Elf gift boxes:

  • Fill them with small candy;
  • or, beads, buttons or petals;
  • or, seeds or small pine cones.
  • Use them as a place-setting accent at the dinner table.
  • Give them as Christmas party favor filled with origami lucky stars!
  • Use them as embellishments for a bigger present.
  • Make up a Christmas treasure hunt and place a written hint inside each of the Elf or Santa boxes.

 So get yourself busy making cute origami boxes,


How to make origami lucky stars


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{ 12 comments… add one }
  • Hayden December 7, 2014, 10:56 am

    Post an origami candy cane

  • Hayden December 7, 2014, 10:55 am


  • rosvita December 12, 2012, 10:20 am


    I love all of your instructions…
    I’m from de South of Brasil.
    Thanks for all.

    Some thing made by me.


  • Donna December 4, 2012, 4:41 am


    I’ve had a wonderful time sharing this model at the OUSA last Sunday meeting. I madeistake and made doeoijto sev m

  • luciacara November 27, 2012, 11:46 am

    Thank you, Leyla! These look great. Do you know if there is a published diagram of the original pyramid box?

  • Rachel Grenfell November 23, 2012, 5:25 pm

    É sempre uma satisfação receber e-mail do Origami Spirit: é a certeza do compartilhamento de mais uma criação que prima pela criatividade e simplicidade. Rimam com sua generosidade, Leyla.

    Obrigada e felicidades.
    Rachel Grenfell

  • Elly van Zundert November 23, 2012, 3:22 pm

    a really nice Santa-Box! Thank you for sharing Leyla!

  • Alberto November 23, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Atento saludo, en la actualidad, presente en Origami Colombia 2012, la estrella modular Carolina, la cual esta montada en un icosaedro conformada por pirámides regulares (tetraedros) cuatro lados y cada lado un triángulo equilátero.

    Desearía que pudieras plegarla y mostrarla a la comunidad integrada en la papiroflexia u Origami.

    En espera de sus comentarios

    Alberto Brito Daza
    Docente Universidad de La Guajira
    Riohacha, Colombia

    • Leyla Torres November 23, 2012, 1:42 pm

      Hola Alberto,

      Me gustaría considerar la estrella modular Carolina para hacer un video. No puedo prometer nada por el momento, pero si me puedes enviar el nombre del autor y un enlace a una foto de la misma se me facilitaría la búsqueda.

  • Maureen Burt November 23, 2012, 11:16 am

    Love this Santa! Thank you Leyla

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