- Step 1: Choose a pattern and print it
Choose a box to make. Download and print the pattern.
Choose a pattern that prints in color or select
a black&white pattern to print on colored cardstock or use your creativity to decorate the box.
Make a lightweight box by printing directly on cardstock. For a stronger
box, print on computer paper and trace or transfer the pattern (see
cardboard before proceeding.
Smaller Pillow Box
Tiny Pillow Boxes
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
- Step 2: Cut
Cut around the box pattern on the solid black lines. Try to make your cuts very smooth and accurate. The box will be stronger and go together better if the cuts are made neatly.
Using a straight edge or ruler 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.
- Step 3: Score
Score along each of the two straight fold lines and the four curved fold lines—in red. On cardstock, use an
empty ball point pen or bone folder 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: Cover with Decorative Paper (optional)
Cut a rectangular piece of decorative paper larger than the box pattern by ¼ to ½ inch
all around. Center and glue. Fold the excess paper over and glue, or trim away.
Tip: It is very important to use a very good adhesive when laminating decorative
paper to cardstock. Glue sticks and glues marked as suitable for children will not give a strong enough bond.
When using a spray adhesive, follow the instructions for a permanent bond. Double-sided, sheet adhesives are
convenient but more expensive than other options.
- Step 5: Fold In Half and Glue
Fold the box in half and glue the tab to the opposite side. Be
sure the glue tab is inside of the box. Let the glue set before
going on to the next step.
- Step 6: Shape Box and Close Ends
Gently pinch the two box edges, causing the top and bottom to bow
out. Push both flaps in at each end of the box. You may need to use
you fingers to "encourage" the crease on the curved fold lines.
Add decorations to the box as you desire.