I was trying to think of a good craft to make for Make Something Mondays earlier in the week and I thought of this paper box. When I was a freelance graphic designer and was regularly looking for new clients, I would make these boxes and fill them with tidbits about myself along with my résumé. It usually worked and I would at least have a call with my prospective clients.
I like these boxes because they are easy (and affordable) to make, and people always react positively to them. They make great gift boxes for candy or other small things and can made with any kind of paper or card stock.
I’ve made these boxes two different ways, and will show you both.
Paper Box Option 1
My paper is 12×12 inches, so I marked every 3 inches and drew lines to show the area. So the bottom of the box will be 3×3 inches and the walls of the box will be a little bit shorter than 2 inches.
Use your glue stick to adhere the cut pieces to the inside of the walls so that you end up with a shape like this.
Step 4 (optional)
Cut out a 3×3 square and glue it into the bottom of the box for a nice decorative element.
**for the lid, you want to make sure that it’s 1/2″ larger than the base. Since my base was 12×12 inches, I would make sure the lid was 12.5×12.5 inches.
Paper Box Option 2
Fold the paper diagonally that one point meets the point directly across from it.
Repeat on the opposite side so that you have folds that criss cross in the center.
Fold the paper in half.
Repeat on the opposite side so that you have fold similar to the above images.
Fold one edge of the paper into the center.
Repeat on the other three sides.
Fold two of your points inward like in the image above and glue them. This will start one side of your box top.
Repeat on the other side.
You should have a box top that looks like this.
Add some ribbon around the box and tie a bow at the top for a fun accent!