- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a box to make. Download and print the pattern. The smaller
box patterns (3.5" by 2.6") include both the box bottom and top (lid). For the
large box (4.75" by 3.5") there are separate patterns for the bottom and top of the
a lightweight box by printing directly on cardstock. For a stronger
box, print on computer paper and trace or
transfer the pattern to
cardboard before proceeding.
Follow the same instructions for both the box bottom and box top (lid).
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
- Step 2: Cut
Cut around the box pattern pieces on the solid black lines. Try to make
accurate cuts. The box will be stronger and fit together better if
the cuts accurately follow the pattern pieces.
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: The side strips for the larger box are
in two pieces. You may find it easier to glue the strips together at
this point rather than in Step 5.
- Step 3: Score
With a ruler or straight edge, make a score line along the bottom
of the tabs on the side strip(s).
To score: Turn the side strip pattern
with the marked lines up. On cardstock, use the bone folder or empty
ballpoint pen to make an indent, not a cut. If you are using light- to
medium- weight cardboard or poster board, use a straight edge and a craft
knife or scissors to make a half-cut.
- Step 4: Fold
Fold the tabs over, then unfold to about a 90° angle. When using
cardboard, fold back with the score on the outside of the box. With
cardstock, fold the printed side in.
In preparation for gluing, bend the side strip around the oval
cutout. Start the strip at a midpoint of a side. If the side strip is too long, adjust it by cutting a
little from one end. If the side strip is too short, cut the box
top down a little.
- Step 5: Glue
Coat the inside of the glue tabs with a thin layer of white glue.
Apply a band of glue around the perimeter of the oval cutout. Make
the band of glue as wide as the depth of the tabs. Wrap the
side strip(s) around the oval cutout, pressing the glue tabs firmly in
place. Apply glue to both ends of the side strip overlap(s) and press
Tip: For a finished look, glue the
other oval cutout on top to hide the tabs.
- Step 6: Make Box Lid
Repeat steps 1 through 5 for the box lid. Glue the second lid
oval onto the lid to cover the glue tabs.
You can cover the sides of the lid with decorative paper or
ribbon prior to gluing the second oval cutout in place. Cut a strip of paper the same size as the side strip. Glue
the decorative strip in place, aligning edges. Cut
glue tabs on the other edge, fold and glue over existing tabs.
- Step 7: Decorate
Decorate the box lid as you like. Nested ovals of contrasting
paper or medallions are easy ways to embellish the lid. Use the
insert patterns as a guide to cut the nested ovals.