Easy origami box for nature collections via barley & birch
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Make: Origami Nature Boxes

As part of our celebration of Shinrin-Yoku and quality time spent in the great outdoors, we made a set of origami nature boxes – perfect for collecting and keeping all of your outdoor finds – flowers, rocks, leaves, shells…bugs…! The best part? It only takes 3 pieces of paper! That’s it!

Easy origami box for nature collections via barley & birch

To make your own origami nature box you’ll need:

  • 3 square pieces of paper (we used colorful 8.5 x 11 cardstock and trimmed it to a square) – that’s it!

We found the amazing tutorial below that will take you through each fold step-by-step, and we recommend using cardstock instead of traditional origami paper if you want a sturdier box.

There are some easy folds and some harder folds throughout this process, so we recommend adult supervision/help for this one. Once finished the box is amazingly sturdy – making it the perfect small collector to throw in a backpack or carry along for a hike.

barley and birch origami nature box

And don’t worry about making perfect folds or creases or lining everything up – we didn’t and the final product still works and actually looks awesome.  Can I also add, that knowing I can make a sturdy box out of paper anywhere, anytime in 5 minutes is oddly liberating and reassuring…!

Easy origami box for nature collections via barley & birch

Looking for more summer nature crafts? See how we made fairy forests out of paper straws, play dough, and nature clippings. Or grab a hammer for a super fun nature art project! And little ones will love working on their scissor skills with our simple mouse mail fine motor skill activity.

Make: Origami Nature Boxes

We’d love to see your collections! Tag @barleyandbirch / #barleyandbirch to share with us and if you have any questions along the way, be sure to leave them in the comments below – we made quite a few practice boxes before we got the hang of it, so we may have some tips that will help you out.

This easy origami box craft for kids only takes a few minutes + 3 pieces of paper and is perfect for little collections! | via barley & birch
This easy origami box craft for kids only takes a few minutes + 3 peices of paper and is perfect for little nature collections! | via barley & birch

About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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