How to Make a Paper Box Lid

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Make a box lid to replace one that has been lost or destroyed, or perhaps even for a box that never had a lid to begin with. Made with mat board or sturdy cardboard, it can remain plain once created or decorated with paint and embellishments to turn it into a gift box or one for storage. Whether it's small or large, a box lid is not difficult to create and takes a short time to put together to fit over any existing box.

Things You'll Need

  • Mat board or sturdy cardboard sheet that is larger than the top of the box to be covered
  • Pencil or marker
  • Mat cutter
  • Metal straightedge or ruler
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Lay the mat board or cardboard flat on a work table, right side down. Place the box to be covered on top, centered.

  • With a pencil or marker, trace the perimeter of the box onto the mat board or cardboard. Remove the box and set aside.

  • With a straightedge or ruler, mark 1 inch or 2 inches all around the perimeter of the box traced to create the lip for the box lid. This measurement depends on the size of the box to be covered. For example, if the lid is to cover a small box, then perhaps only a 1-inch lip is needed. If the box to be covered is very large, then a lip of 3 inches will be appropriate for the lip. What is important is that when the new lid is placed on top of the box, the lid will stay secure and not fall off.

  • Mark a line connecting the measurements around the perimeter of the box for the lip. Cut with a mat knife, removing the excess mat board or cardboard.

  • With the mat knife, make a cut from each outside corner to the inside corner line. Flip the lid over and lay the straightedge where the lid will fold in to create a lip for the box. Make a slight incision along that line all the way around the box so the lip can be easily folded. Flip the lid over again, fold each lip up all around, fold each corner flap over each other and secure with hot glue. Place the lid on the box.

Tips & Warnings

  • The size of the box to be covered will determine the thickness of the lid and how sturdy the material should be.
  • A hot glue gun should be used by an adult if a child is participating in this project.

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