- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a box to make. Download and print the pattern. The boxes
come in four sizes with four versions of each size—plain
colored, plain black&white, colored with stars and black&white with
Tall Hexagon Box
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut
Cut out the box pattern on the black outline. Try to make the
cuts very straight. The box will be stronger and go together better
if the cuts are straight.
Using a straight edge and craft knife will make some of the cutting easier, but be sure to protect the table with a cutting mat or thick piece of cardboard.
Caution: Be careful. Craft knives are sharp and should not
be used by children.
Tip: Always cut towards an inside corner.
Cut one edge leading into an inside corner, then cut the other edge.
Do not try to turn the corner and cut out after
cutting in on the first edge.
- Step 3: Score
Turn the box with the marked lines up. Score along each of the
fold lines, red in this illustration, using a bone folder or empty
ballpoint pen drawn along the edge of a ruler.
- Step 4: Fold Lids and Flaps
Fold the box lids, lid flaps, and box flaps on the fold lines.
Flatten the box out again.
- Step 5: Fold Sides and Glue Tab
Fold the glue tab on the black line, then flatten it. Fold each
side on the black line, then flatten it.
Tip: Make all of the folds very sharp by running your thumbnail or a bone folder firmly along the fold.
- Step 6: Glue
Put glue down the entire length of the glue tab. Shape the sides
into a hexagonal shape and glue the tab to the inside of the last
- Step 7: Close Lids
To finish the box, fold the bottom flaps in and close the bottom
lid over them. Tuck the bottom lid's flap inside the box. Repeat for
the top lid.
Tip: You might decorate a plain box by gluing craft ribbon in a band around the sides or by lining the inside of the box.
Tip: To make the box stronger, cut a piece of
heavy cardboard the size of the bottom of the box. Put the cardboard
in the bottom of the box. Or, you can make the box stronger by
gluing the bottom flaps to the bottom lid, and gluing the bottom lid
flap inside the box. If you do this, your box will not be