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Oval Box in Any Size

What you will make:

It's fun to design and make your own oval-shaped box and lid to exactly meet your needs. In this project, you will create a custom pattern for any size oval box. The box pattern consists of an oval (or round) cutout and a notched side band. The same pieces are needed for the matching oval lid, but the oval cutout is slightly larger and the notched side strip is narrower. MYO - Draw oval and side-strip with glue tabs

Related craft: For printable oval box patterns, see the Oval Box with Lid craft project.

Here's what you need:
  • Cardstock or cardboard (poster board and Bristol board work well)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • ¼" ribbon or string
  • Ruler
  • Optional: Computer or copier paper for pattern template.

This project is rated AVERAGE to do.

How to Make an Oval Box Pattern

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Draw an Oval
Draw oval to size desired

Draw an oval (or circle) to size for the box bottom. You can draw the patterns directly on the cardboard's reverse side, or draw it onto paper and transfer to the cardboard.

Tip: An easy way to make an oval is to fold a sheet of paper in fourths and cut one-quarter of an oval from one folded edge to the other. Open the paper to reveal the oval. If any adjustments are needed, refold the paper and trim. Or, use a graphics program on your computer to create oval patterns for the box and lid or maybe one of the ovals on the oval templates printable will work for you.

Tip: Write "Box Bottom" on your paper pattern and save it for future use.

Step 2: Cut Oval
Cut out the oval

Cut out the oval on the traced line. Be sure to cut smoothly along the pattern's outline. The box will be stronger and fit together better if the cuts accurately follow the pattern piece outlines.

Tip: If you are making a lid for your box, keep the paper pattern or trace your oval cutout onto paper. The lid will be made using a slightly larger oval.

Step 3: Determine Length of Side Band
Measure the perimeter of the oval with a ribbon

Determine the length required for the side band by wrapping a length of ¼" ribbon or string around the edge of the oval cutout. Cut the ribbon where it meets the tail end.

Measure the length of the ribbon

Measure the length of the ribbon and add about ¼" for overlap when gluing. This is the length of the box side band.

Tip: For future reference, write the length of the side band on your oval pattern.

Step 4: Make Side Band
Side band for oval box

The side band is a simple rectangle with cut glue tabs.

Make side band for oval box

Draw the rectangle the calculated length by any height you choose, adding about ¼" to the height for the bottom glue tabs. Draw a line the length of the band ¼" in from one side. All along the same edge, make equally spaced marks about ¼" to ½" apart.

Tip: You may need to make the side band in two parts if the length is longer than your cardboard. To do this, add an additional ¼" to the side band length and divide by 2 to get the length for the two parts. Both parts will have a ¼" glue tab.

Oval box pattern pieces

Snip V-shapes at each mark to form the glue tabs.

You should now have the two pieces needed for making your oval box.

Assembled oval box bottom

Follow the instructions in Oval Box with Lid project for assembling your custom oval box.

Step 5: Make Oval Box Lid

Repeat steps 1-4 to make a matching oval box lid. Make the oval cutout for the lid about 1/16" to 1/8" bigger than the oval for the box bottom, depending on the thickness of the cardboard, and make the width of the side band about ¼" to ½" smaller. Be sure that the oval for the lid is exactly the same shape as the one for the bottom.


Make a lid for your box and you are done!
Oval box made with custom pattern

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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!!!

Oval boxes made with printable patterns

Tip: Before creating your own oval box pattern, make one of the boxes in the Oval Box with Lid craft project using a printable pattern.


Project extra: Perhaps one of these oval templates will work for your box. The circumference of each oval is marked on the pattern.

Decorated oval box lid

Tip: Decorate the box lid any way you like. An oval cut from patterned paper and glued to the top will hide the glue tabs.

Add inner collar

Tip: Add an inner collar to make the box taller and reveal more of the bottom's design when the box is closed. Use the bottom's side band piece as a template and add ½" to ¾" to the height. Test the collar before gluing in place.

Oval box in blue


Heart-shaped boxes

Tip: You can make other boxes with the same banded side technique. See the Valentine Heart Shaped Box or Christmas Tree Shaped Box craft projects.

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