When I was my daughter's age, my mom used to make these pretty little paper boxes out of wrapping paper. I can picture her sitting at the counter folding and cutting what looked like a puzzle. She was the magician who could create this darling little package out of a flat piece of paper that housed the treasures at the end of our treasure hunts. I loved those treasure hunts: go out the front door, down 5 steps, turn to the left, take 20 steps, turn to the right and take 5 more steps...then we'd find the next clue tucked in the lilac bush.
I brought up the paper boxes with my mom last week and it must have rattled her memory a bit as well, because a few days later she sat at her dining room table with my daughter and taught her how to make the paper boxes I hadn't seen since my childhood. Want to learn? Take a square piece of paper. I used 8.5" x 8.5" scrapbook paper, but wrapping paper really works the best for sharp folds. Take your piece of paper and fold it in half (like the bright multi-colored box paper below), fold it in half again (like the blue/green/white stripe) and fold it in half again (like the yellow). Open the paper and fold it in half the opposite direction- same number of folds.
Then fold the other two opposite sides and tuck the triangle through the slot.
Here it is step-by-step:
Pretty little treat boxes you can whip up in just a few minutes.
Now go create a treasure hunt for your kids. They'll remember it for a lifetime.