How to Make a Cardboard Cylindrical Box


A cardboard cylindrical box has plenty of uses. You can use it as a pencil holder, a gift box, a planter or a place to store a collection of small items. You are only limited by size and your imagination. Additionally, making cylindrical boxes out of cardboard is a great project for a rainy afternoon, and so simple that even kids can do it. Once you've finished making your boxes, you can decorate them any way you like.

Things You'll Need

  • Thin cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Super glue
  • Strong tape (such as masking or packing)
  • Decide on the size of your cylindrical box. The instructions provided here are for a box that is 8 inches tall, with a diameter of about 5 inches, but it can be modified to any size.

  • Lay your sheet of cardboard flat. Measure and draw a rectangle that is 8 by 16 inches. Measure and draw two rectangles that are 1/2 by 16 1/8 inches.

  • Cut out all three rectangles. Set aside the two 1/2-by-16 1/8 inch rectangles.

  • Pick up the 8-by-16 inch rectangle. Run a thin line of super glue along the very edge of one 8-inch side of your cardboard rectangle.

  • Roll the cardboard rectangle into a cylinder, so that the edges are glued together. Reinforce the glued edges with tape.

  • Stand the cardboard cylinder on the leftover cardboard sheet. Trace around the circle. Move the cylinder to a new section and trace another circle.

  • Cut out these two cardboard circles.

  • Run a thin line of super glue around the edges of these two circles.

  • Glue one of the thin rectangles that were set aside earlier to each circle to form lids. Be sure to glue the ends of the rectangles together as well.

  • If desired, glue one of the lids to the large cardboard cylinder to form an attached bottom. Otherwise, simply use these lids at both ends of the large cylinder to close your box.

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