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Bowling Shirt Origami Treat Boxes

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Create bowling shirt origami treat boxes for Father’s Day or for your next bowling-themed party. These cute shirt boxes can be filled with sweets, treats or gift cards. 

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Paper bowling shirt boxes sit in front of a bowling book.

Hello Crafty Friends! Father’s Day is coming up soon so I thought I’d share these fun bowling shirt origami treat boxes I created! They would make great little gifts filled with Dad’s favorite treats or a gift card to somewhere special. These boxes would also make cute party favors for a bowling-themed party.

I have not done origami in such a long time and forgot how much fun it is. These boxes are not true origami, as I used a scissors to cut along a couple fold lines and used glue in a couple spots at the end.

Creating these boxes is a fun folding craft project and once you make one, making multiples are even easier. I have included a very detailed picture tutorial for folding them, so while there are a lot of pictures, these don’t take too long. 

Five paper bowling shirt boxes stand in a row.

 You’ll need one sheet of  8.5″x11″ of cardstock for each bowling shirt box. Once the boxes are created you can decorate the shirts any way you like – add a tie or a bow tie, a sweater vest, or turn them into bowling shirts as I did here. The tiny buttons are my favorite!

Bowling themed treat boxes.

To come with bowling shirt ideas, I used a book I owned called Bowl O’Rama; The Visual Arts of Bowling. It was full of amazing visuals that helped me create these boxes.

Four paper bowling shirt treat boxes for Father's Day.

Making these bowling shirt boxes was so much fun, I decided to make similar boxes but this time Harry Potter-themed. Check out my Harry Potter House Robe Boxes

Harry Potter House robe boxes sitting on a stack of books with jellybeans around them.

How to Make a Bowling-Themed Treat Boxes

Supplies Needed

How to Fold a Bowling Shirt Box

Start with a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock.

A blue sheet of paper.

Fold it in half lengthwise.

A blue sheet of paper folded in half lengthwise.

Open it back up and fold the left and right side into the middle.

Blue sheet of paper opened up and the right side folded to the center.

Blue sheet of paper with two ends folded in to meet the center line.

Turn over to the back and score 1″ from the top.

The sheet of blue paper scored along the top edge at one inch.

Score 3 5/8″ and 5 1/4″ from the bottom.

A blue sheet of paper scored 3 5/8" and 5 1/4" up from the bottom.

Fold the top down along the 1″ score line towards the back.

Blue sheet of paper scored in three places.

Turn to the right side. Create the sleeves of the shirt by scoring lines from the center of the bottom score line out to each corner as shown below. Fold along those lines.

Ruler is used to score diagonal lines.

The paper is folded along the diagonal lines.

Cut along both bottom score lines from the center to the folded edges.

The paper is cut in the center to the center line.

Create four small tabs by marking 3/8″ from each end. Score and fold flaps.

The cut tabs are marked at 3/8" and diagonally folded from these marks.

Create the collar next by marking 1 1/4″ down from the top along the center line. Fold both of the top corners to this line.

The collar is marked 1 1/4" from the top of the paper.

The collar is folded along the diagonal lines.

Glue bottom sleeves flaps down and the two flaps on top down.

The flaps on the origami box are glued down.

Glue the bottom tabs to the bottom of the shirt back.

Parts of the shirt box are glued to hold the boxes shape.

Glue the top tabs to the shirt front.

The back of the bowling shirt box.

The collar keeps the front of the shirt closed. Just pull back on the collar to slip the front of the shirt under the collar points and the shirt box is finished!

A bowling shirt box made from blue cardstock.

You can decorate these any way you want. To create bowling shirts, cut strips of paper and glue them to the front of the shirt box. On a few of them, I used a thin marker to create retro diamonds. I found the cutest and tiniest buttons and added five to the front of each shirt.

A black bowling shirt box decorated on the front with cream and green paper.

Four paper bowling shirt treat boxes for Father's Day.

Fill them with treats, candy, gift cards – whatever you want! They make the perfect Father’s Day gift and would also be great for party favors at your next bowling party! 

>>Check out my other Father’s Day crafts like this Father’s Day baseball card kids can make or these football treat boxes.

Happy Crafting! -Kim

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