How to make a Cardboard Box from recycled cardboard

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This box uses regular cardboard that usually gets thrown away. It makes a sturdy box for storing small things, you can basically make it any size you like. it would make a great gift box for jewelry, or for storing different items.

btw this is my first Instructable, I'll do my best to explain everything, but if there's something you don't understand or I can do better please leave a comment =)
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Step 1: What You Need

cardboard (cereal box, cracker box, anything you have)
glue (elmer's)
sand paper/nail file
acrylic paint
paint brush/sponge applicator

Step 2: Draw and Cut

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decide the size and dimensions of your box, I usually just draw the bottom part first to see how big I want my box to be, and then I would measure the dimensions of it. After that I would draw the side pieces make sure 2 of the sides are the length of the bottom side subtract the thickness of the cardboard (about 1/16 of an inch each, so 1/8' total) for example:

if the bottom(base) is 3' by 3' you would cut 2 of the sides 3' by 2'(height of your choice) and the other 2 side you would cut 2' and 7/8'(3'-1/8') by 2'

of course different cardboards have different thickness, so i suggest that you draw and cut the base first and glue them together(in the next step) and then measure the thickness, then come back to this step and finish cutting the rest of the sides. and don't forget to double the thickness of the cardboard.

I hope that make sense.

okay after you got that down you need to draw and cut 3 of each piece so total there would be total of 15 piece of cardboard.

(if the cardboard is already pretty sturdy and thick, you could just do 2 of each piece, so total of 10 pieces)
Very nice
 what about the lid?
xxk4r3nxx (author)  digdomidydog5 years ago
for the lid you would do the same thing as the box just a bit bigger on all sides. (how much bigger would depend on the thickness of the cardboard you created. and of course shorten the hight)
I love the last picture, you have amazing drawing skills!
xxk4r3nxx (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
thanks! =)
Sandisk1duo6 years ago
Yay, nice re-gift boxes!