How to Make a Small Paper Box

Make a big dramatic statement with little paper boxes. They're perfect for those times when you need to add a little flair to a small gift for a friend or loved one. They even make great little wedding favor boxes. Make one out of wrapping paper, an old magazine, sheet music or a even a discarded picture book from the library. Any kind of paper will work. Pop in a little handmade treat to make your friends feel extra special because not only did you make the gift, but you even made the box it came in. No one needs to know how easy these little boxes are to make. Your secret is safe with us.

Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Things You'll Need

  • 8 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch square of paper (for box lid)

  • 8 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch square of paper (for box bottom)

  • Scissors

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Step 1

Start with the wrong side of the paper facing up and fold the paper in half. Open the paper, turn it 90 degrees and fold it in half the other direction.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Step 2

Open the paper and place it with the wrong side of the paper facing up. Bring each corner of the paper to the point where the center folds intersect and crease along the edges.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Step 3

Bring one edge of the folded paper to the center point and crease along the edge. Bring the other edge of the folded paper to the center point and crease along the edge.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Step 4

Open the last two folds and turn the paper 90 degrees. Repeat by folding each of the other edges to the center and creasing along each edge.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Step 5

Open the folded paper so it looks like this. You will notice your folds created little squares in each corner. Cut along one side of each square opposite of each other, stopping when you get to the perpendicular fold.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Step 6

Open up two of the opposite corner edges.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Step 7

Lift up the two sides of the box and tuck in the cut square folds.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Step 8

Fold the corner pieces over the tucked-in squares to create the top of the box.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Step 9

Repeat steps 1-8 with another piece of 8 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch paper to form the bottom of the box.

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You can even vary the sizes of these cute little boxes–just make sure you're using a perfect square.

Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington