How to Make a Box From Cardstock

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Organize small items on your desk or slide a small gift into a special box made with a little cardstock, ruler, scissors and glue. You can even personalize and embellish your box with stickers, paint, markers and sequins, and you can add a matching box top. Making your own boxes allows you to color-coordinate your storage or gifting.

How to Make a Box From Cardstock
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Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or glue stick
  • Embellishments (optional)
Step 1

Cut a 6-inch square of cardstock.This will make a 4-inch square box that is 2 inches deep.

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Step 2

Measure 2 inches from the edge of the paper inward and draw a straight line. Repeat on the other three sides of the square.

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Step 3

Score the lines by placing the bone folder on each one and folding the paper against the plastic. You can also use your ruler for this step.

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Step 4

Crease the lines with the bone folder.

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Step 5

Cut along the fold from the left edge just to the fold running in the opposite direction. This makes a 2-inch slit and tab. Repeat so that you have slits on all four sides.

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Step 6

Apply glue to the back side of the tabs you made.

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Step 7

Refold the left side toward the center of the card and press the left tab to the inside of the card, starting to form a box shape. Repeat for the remaining three corners. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.

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