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Hexagon Box

What you will make:

Make a hexagonal-shaped box in several sizes, plain or decorated with stars. These boxes may be used as gift boxes, boxes to store trinkets, party or wedding favors, or as decorative accents in your home.

Three of the boxes are sized to make into a stack and can be nested together for storage. All of the hexagonal boxes are collapsible and store flat. There are also patterns for petal-top boxes.

Related craft: For more collapsible box patterns, checkout the Little Gift Boxes craft project and for rectangular or square shapes see the Collapsible Boxes project.

Here's what you need:
  • White cardstock or Bristol board
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Bone folder or empty ballpoint pen
  • Glue
  • Optional: Decorative cardstock and ribbon.

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make a Hexagonal 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 boxes come in four sizes with four versions of each size—plain colored, plain black and white (B&W), colored with stars and black and white with stars. There are also patterns with red Adinkra symbols on colored or plain backgrounds that coordinate with Aunt Annie's Adinkra Symbols ePaper downloads. See the Petal-Top Hexagon Box pattern page for hexagon boxes with a special petal-top closure.

Hexagon Box
Pattern for Hexagon Box - 3" by 1.5"
Small Hexagon Boxes
Pattern for two small hexagon boxes
Tall Hexagon Box
Pattern for Hexagon Box Lid - 4.75" by 2.5"
Adinkra Hexagon Box
Pattern for Hexagon Box - 3" by 1.5", Adinkra symbols

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.

Score along fold lines
Step 4: Fold Lids and Flaps

Fold the box lids, lid flaps, and box 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.

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 side.

Apply glue to glue tab Glue and shape box
Step 7: Close Lids Close box 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 collapsible.

That's it! Your hexagonal boxes are ready to use!
Hexagonal boxes

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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!!!

Stacked boxes and tall box

Nesting boxes: The box patterns come in four sizes, including three that nest together or make a pretty stack.

Petal-Top Bonus Patterns

Pattern for Petal-top Hexagon Box

Tip:  Use this pattern, in color or black & white, to make a Petal-Top Hexagon Box. See the Petal-Top Box pattern page for additional pattern options.

Instructions: Make the petal-top box like other hexagon boxes, except for closing the box's top. To close the top, fold each petal over, and behind the previous petal, in counter-clockwise sequence. Push down in the center to secure the top.

Close petal-top


Hexagon boxes flattened

Tip: The hexagon boxes are collapsible and store flat.

Hexagon boxes made with decorative cardstock

Tip: Make the boxes using decorative cardstock. Print one of Aunt Annie's ePapers onto white cardstock then print the box pattern on the other side.

Tip: Charms like, the little heart on the pink polka-dot boxes, can be made easily with Aunt Annie's Modeling Dough.

Hexagon box decorated with ribbon and quilling

Tip: Plain boxes can be easily decorated with ribbon wrapped around the sides—spread a thin coating of white (PVA) glue on the back of the ribbon with a foam brush. This box's lid is decorated with Quilling.

Hexagonal box sized to store hexaflexagons

Tip: In the Flexagon Boxed Set craft, make a box to store Hexa-hexaflexagons or to package a gift of flexagons.

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