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Build A Cardboard Box

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Making a custom box can be used for a few good reasons that I have found, as well as- I'm sure it could be used for various other and different reasons. Maybe it is a holiday season and you are wrapping a gift that needs a box for shape or structure; or would benefit from a layer of protecting cardboard; or need to fit an item of an odd shape/size into a box for storing/mailing.

I make boxes for the items that I sell on eBay. Making an item's own box minimizes the size, the weight, the need for more packaging material, and thus making the postage/shipping fees less.

All you need is second hand cardboard, a box cutter (razor blade), and packing tape (in a dispenser works best).
 
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Step 1: Break Down

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Break the box down starting with opening the tabs on top and bottom of the box. Just unfold the tabs, or cut through the tape with the box cutter and then unfold the tabs. Lay the box down on its side and cut one of the corners from top to bottom so that you can unfold the cardboard once more to end up with a long, straight piece of cardboard.
hey can you show me how to make a hallow box to use it as a speaker enclosure?
hollasch6 years ago
Another approach to cardboard folds is to use a screen "spline roller" tool (available at any hardware store) to create a crushed line which is then easily folded. This is a tool that has narrow steel rollers at each end. This leaves the paper uncut and that much stronger.
Thank you for this tip. I've always had trouble making good straight folds and this will certainly help with that.
aquadave (author)  hollasch6 years ago
Ah cool, this would be even better, thanks for the info.
mjkessel3 years ago
ugg - can you make a video of this?
archerj3 years ago
Re: shareware for boxmaking google "free software for making boxes" there are lots of them.
this looks awesome! I need some help...I'm shipping a longboard and it has sort of an irregular shape...how should I go about doing making a box for this? It's 8.5 inches wide and 38 inches long if that helps...like a quarter-half an inch thick... great instructable :)
 well, first off by a big tv, then go after this ible.

(insert sarcasm here)
curlypube4 years ago
Nice!
curlypube4 years ago
sweet tutorial...thx mate!
To be eco-friendly I like to recycle my boxes for eBay use. I found a software that takes the items measurements and adds room for different kinds of packing you choose, then produces a diagram to follow when making a recycled box. It is very pricey at $90. Have you seen any shareware that would do the same task?
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Shane11635 years ago
me thinks it easier just to look in mixed paper recycling roll-off and find size needed.. lol
tmangi5 years ago
Bravo!
J_SCAP6 years ago
sweet im going to ship this box to my grand parents in another box so they can see the box i made lol
dombeef J_SCAP6 years ago
ha!
Derin dombeef6 years ago
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dombeef Derin6 years ago
HEY!!!
Derin dombeef6 years ago
LOL!!!
Derin Derin6 years ago
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dombeef Derin5 years ago
YEA!!
panks6 years ago
This is great! the Packaging Store wanted $25 for a custom cardboard box..now I'll just make my own..thank you
this is really well put together! i love how you were so detailed and took the time to make it perfect. if all instructables were this good and so well put together! i've seen some that the steps are out of order! good job, seriously. and btw, i'm having serious trouble uploading images or setting an avatar. could i have some help?
I bet you're using Internet Explorer. I had the same problem until I went to Mozilla Firefox. It went from a >30 second load to <2 seconds. Maybe worth a try if you're using Explorer. As far as adding an avatar, you first need to create a library to choose from. Under Settings, go to "library" from menu above or "Manage Library" on left side menu. After you have an image in your library, go to "persona" and change image.
but the thing is... i uploaded the picture of the avatar i want, but i dont know how to set that
Seems others are having the same problem:
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ty SO much
mabye its your internet conection
grue6 years ago
this insturctable only tells u how to make your carbord box smaller
trebuchet036 years ago
Nice work - I think many people overlook how much they depend on pre-made boxes for situations like moving house, shipping, etc. Some of the pictures are a little blurry, but given how well it's documented - this is feature worthy :)
theRIAA6 years ago
I wish all instructables were this well made
tomonto6 years ago
ohhhhh.... At first, I read the title and I was all..ok crazy man... but good instructable after that
Awesome job! I bet you must be really proud to make an amazing Instructable such as this.
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No.. this is a really great Instructable.
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