Wednesday, August 7

How to Make a Custom-Sized Paper Box

 
 I needed it to fit inside my jewelry box so that I could organize small pieces.

Making an origami box is simple, and they're absolutely brilliant for storing small treasures. The problem with most paper box tutorials is that they're normally for a single size. This isn't a problem unless one's particular about the dimensions. I personally needed a small, eco-friendly container for my jewelry, and I didn't want to spend any money, so I decided to come up with my own design for a custom box. I'm glad I did too, because these little boxes are so appealing. They can be made out of all sorts of fun paper, anything from decorative craft paper to junk mail. So let's get started, shall we!


~~Materials Needed~~
Piece of paper cut to the custom dimensions
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil or something to make marks

Start by estimating your measurements, and cut the paper to size. My box specifically
needed to be 2 5/8" L x 1 5/8" W x 1" H. So my paper needed to be 6 5/8" x 5 5/8"
(find this number by multiplying the height by 4 and adding it to both the length and width).

Lightly mark the measurements on the paper. The center square/rectangle
is the base, and the sides are double the final height for the box.

Fold inward along all the marks, and erase any lines that were drawn.

Carefully fold only the corners together until the seam reaches the bottom edge.

Fold up the sides and position the corners along the length of the box.

Lastly, tuck the top half of the sides down into the inside of the box.


There you are! We have a charming paper box that can be used for a variety of different needs. They're perfect for drawers, dressers, closets, and in my case, custom compartments for my jewelry box. Lastly, if you plan on making a big box (perhaps something larger than a foot), consider using thicker materials like card stock, poster board, or Bristol board.

Cheers and happy box making!
~Claudia

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