Upcycled Pie Tins - Origami Gift Box Christmas Tree Ornament

3 Materials
2 Hours

I recently discovered that origami can be made from aluminum pie tins, cake pans and roasting pans. It is a little more difficult to work with than paper but the finished product is more durable and sturdy. For this origami gift box ornament I used two empty pie tins left over from Thanksgiving to make a pyramid box with a lid.

The first step is to cut two pie tins into squares. I also used some needle nose pliers and a small plastic spatula to help with the folds.

This photos show a few of the folds and how the tin looks when being folded. The whole process is a little more complex and can be seen in the attached video. It is one of my longer videos but it shows the whole process in detail.

The pliers come in very handy for making many of the folds.

The finished box can be used for small gifts and then be hung on the Christmas Tree.

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  • Val Val on Dec 09, 2020

    I have been doing origami for years. I have never thought to use anything but paper. You have really got me thinking outside the box so to speak. It's the durability that has me thinking. Thank you ever so much. The saying is that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks". Well you can and put a twist to it. You take care and stay safe.