Become a Branch of the Soul Box Project

Although all the 370 original panels and kits have been distributed across the nation, any individual, group or organization can BECOME a Branch of the Project on your own to help the movement grow!

We have shared the materials lists and sources along with all the “How-to” instructions so you can make your own backpacks and panels, without our starter kits. Check our Resources page for ideas, downloads and how-to videos.

WE ARE HERE to answer questions, share tips, and help with signage!!

What Can I Do with Soul Boxes?

Since 2017 The Soul Box Project has been raising awareness of the U.S. gunfire epidemic by counting and honoring victims in memorial exhibits, offering healing participation to those seeking solace, and providing dramatic visual support for all initiatives working for a safer, more civil society.

36,000 of the Soul Boxes sent to Portland, Oregon from across the nation were assembled into lightweight, interconnecting panels like this:

  • 1 panel = 98 Soul Boxes
  • 4′ h x 2′ w (folds square for storage)
  • Approximately 3 lbs.
  • A 24″ x 24″ x 24″ cardboard box perfectly holds 6 panels

Creating Soul Box panels is an engaging, inclusive activity to make a reusable visual to support your work to reduce gun violence.

Use your Soul Box materials:

  • for a dramatic visual at your events.
  • to attract press coverage – cameras love Soul Boxes!
  • to expand healing participation with Soul Box-folding as another tool to engage your community.
  • to display for an extended time in…a window, hallway, office, lobby?
  • to lend out within your city, state, or region.

Thousands of hand-folded origami Soul Boxes were made by individuals and groups around the country. Our team assembled them into 365 panels of Boxes to span the width of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in October 2021. Over 5,000 visitors viewed the This Loss We Carry exhibit. Media reach was over 500 million.

Pathway between 200-foot-long walls of Soul Box Panels under a canopy

  • Are you part of an organization working to reduce gunfire trauma, injuries, and deaths by violence, accident, or suicide?
  • Does your church, school, library or civic group want to raise awareness of how deeply gunfire affects communities?
Now, you can make these art-filled panels of Soul Boxes and/or “Backpacks” for displays, marches, walks, and protests to support your efforts to reduce gunfire deaths and injuries.

It may also be possible to borrow another Branches’ panels. Look for
Branch locations to inquire about using their Soul Boxes.

Mt Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, Walnut Creek, CA. June 2023.


Yes! They are 4-ft H x 2-ft W x 1.5-in D and weigh less than 3 pounds each. They are lightweight, modular, and easy to install in a variety of ways:

  • tack, screw, or nail the mesh backing into a wall
  • attach to your existing hooks or picture-hanging system
  • hang quickly with S-hooks or zip ties on a garment rack, photo backdrop stand, horizontal bar, pop-up tent, or rented pipe & drape structure

See various exhibition solutions in our Past Highlights and Resources.

When moving panels between events or lending them to others for display each mesh-backed panel folds in half and slides into a plastic sleeve with cardboard backing. Six panels ship (and store) in a 2’ x 2’ x 2’ cardboard carton.


We will be available via email for free consultation, as needed, about your use of Soul Boxes and supporting materials.

We will schedule quarterly zoom meetings for the nationwide network of adoptive Branches to share their plans, ask questions, or get ideas from each other.

If/when the contact person in your organization changes, please DO let us know how to stay in touch with you.

To publicize your activities you can use our Press Release Template. PLEASE notify us about your Soul Box creations, events, and exhibits so we can share the details and a photo on our social media.

When you post about your activities involving The Soul Box Project on social media, remember to tag #SoulBoxProject, @SoulBoxProject to expand your reach. We have pages on Facebook, X, and Instagram @SoulBoxProject.

We are grateful for your ongoing support that allows us to continue
Our work goes on because of your participation and continued donations.