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Five-Sided Box with Pentagonal Top

What you will make:

In this project, you will make five-sided boxes with pentagon-shaped top and bottom lids. The printable patterns are in various sizes with colored and black-and-white versions. The boxes nest together for storage, and can be used individually, or stacked. Use them as gift boxes, party favors, or for storing jewelry and other trinkets. There are also bonus patterns for making tall, narrow pentagon boxes.

Make these cardstock boxes stronger by adhering decorative paper to the back of the printed cardstock pattern. You can further increase a box's durability by coating it with an acrylic varnish.

Related craft: To make another style of pentagonal box, see the Pentagon Box craft project.

Here's what you need:
  • White or colored cardstock
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Bone folder or empty ballpoint pen
  • Ruler
  • Optional: Decorative paper (wrapping, art, etc.), craft ribbon, spray adhesive, acrylic varnish

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make a Five-Sided Pentagon Box

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose a box to make. Download and print the pattern. The single box patterns make 3" boxes and the patterns with two boxes result in 2" and 1 5/8" boxes. The bonus patterns make into tall, narrow boxes that are 2" by 5 3/8" tall.

Printable Patterns

Plain with Cutouts
Pattern for 3" five-sided box with pentagon top
Star Top
Pattern for 3" five-sided box with star top
Small with Cutouts
Pattern for 2" and 1 5/8" five-sided boxes
Small Star Top
Pattern for 2" and 1 5/8" five-sided boxes with star top
Tall with Cutouts
Pattern for 2" by 5.375" tall five-sided box with pentagon top
Tall with Design
Pattern for 2" by 5.375" tall five-sided box with printed design

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 solid black lines. Try to make the cuts very straight. The box will be stronger and fit 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.

Step 3: Score Fold Lines

Turn the box pattern with the marked lines up. Score along each of the fold lines—red in this illustration.

To score: On cardstock, use the bone folder or empty ballpoint pen to make an indent—not a cut.

Score red lines
Step 4: Fold Lids and Flaps

Fold lids and lid flaps on the fold lines. Flatten the box out again.

Fold lids and flaps
Step 5: Fold Sides and Glue Tab
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.

Step 6: Cover with Decorative Paper (optional)
Glue decorative paper to one side of box pattern 

Cut a rectangular piece of decorative paper larger than the box pattern piece by ¼" to ½" all around. Center and glue to what will be the outside of the box. Fold the excess paper over and glue, or just trim away.

Step 7: Glue
Shape box and glue sides together 

Apply glue down the entire length of the glue tab. Shape the sides into a pentagonal shape and glue the tab to the inside of the last side.

Step 8: Close Lids Tuck in lid flaps and close lidsand Decorate

To finish the box, fold the bottom flaps in and tuck them in as you close the bottom lid. Repeat for the top lid.

Decorate the box any way you like. Adding cutouts works well; or enhance a plain box by gluing craft ribbon or paper ribbon cut from decorative paper in a band around the sides, or by lining the inside of the box.

Your box is now complete!
Five-sided boxes with pentagonal top

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

ePaper Extra

Adinkra signs from the Asante people of Ghana on yellow, green and red backgrounds.

Tip: The Asante Tribe Symbols ePapers coordinate with the colors used for the boxes in this project. Print the ePaper on the reverse side of a box pattern, or use the ePaper to cut paper ribbons to glue on the box.

Five-sided boxes decorated with Asante Tribe ePaper

Tip: Leave one of the box's lid flaps on the outside and seal the box closed with tape or a sticker made with a paper punch.

These boxes are wrapped with strips of Asante Tribe Symbols ePapers and pentagonal cutouts from the ePapers.

Five-side box with ribbon trim

Tip: Decorate the box with ribbon trim.

The Asante Tribe Symbols ePapers was printed on the reverse side of the box pattern..

Click to see Pentagon Box craft project

Related project: To make a five-sided box with an overlapping lid, see the Pentagon Box craft project.

Boxes in graduated sizes

Tip: The box patterns make graduated sizes of boxes.

Box decorated with pentagon cutouts

Tip: The top of the box can be decorated with layers of pentagon cutouts and then stamped.

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