Make Your Own Boxes


Introduction: Make Your Own Boxes

About: Retired, doing art work now. Great. Have the time and the money to spend doing what I want to do.

I like to make boxes, and have developed a process that is easy to do. Regular tools can be used, and I employ woodworking tools as well. A bandsaw, table saw, sander, etc. can all be used to speed up the process. Why make boxes? To fulfill a specific need, i.e., make a box to hold what you want it to, no more and no less; make boxes that fit exactly the space or shelf available to it and so on. Makes for efficiency in storage of "stuff".

Step 1: Gather Tools and Materials

I use any cardboard I have or can find. It needs to be cut down, so you need box cutters, a craft knife, utility knife, straight edge, ruler, glue, paper, etc. Some clamps to clamp glued pieces help also.

Step 2: Cut Your Pieces

Here, the cardboard is cut to the needed size. It's important to be accurate and the best way I have found to do this is on the bandsaw.

Step 3: Start to Glue All Pieces

All pieces are glued,starting with the bottom and side piece(s). Then the ends are added. See image notes for details.

Step 4: Add Decorative Touches

In this step, you can be very creative. Use paint, paper, cloth, collages of magazine, construction papers, etc.

Step 5: Finish Edges With Precut Strips.

Use the narrow black strips to finish the top edges of the exposed cardboard. I cut these strips to 3/4 inch, then score two lines which are exectly the width as your cardboard. The two lines are place in the center of the strip so that when folded, the piece will be the same on the inside and the outside of the box. See photos for corner cutting and folding details.

Step 6: The Finished Box

This last picture is the finished box. I left the inside undone, but can be covered with the same paper, or in any other way you choose. (Paint, cloth, paper, etc.)

Step 7: Further Samples of Box Making 101

These boxes have been done at other times, as this process can be quite time intensive. But aren't all crafts?



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    love how you organize your desk!

    Wow... this is great! I will use it to make my own boxes ! I like to bake and donate many pies and cookies as well as cakes to all sorts of things. Having to buy "bakery" boxes really hurts! Thank you so much for this instructable! Becky (2calicos)

    Oh you do have fun with what you find.......great seeing your pleasure!

    Thanks for your interest zaferina...I am not familiar with Cartonnage. I looked at your project on flickr and looks like you have it nailed! Very nice work...Cman

    Thanks Cman. I think Cartonnage is the 'official' terminology for making stuff with cardboard. You should look into it and make your fortune showcasing it to the english speaking world! Crafts are the big thing during recessions ;O)............Zaf

    Thanks for your Instructable on how to make a box. I've been looking for these type instructions and how to properly do it. Keep up the good work and I Apologize for the rude people who have nothing better to do than to knock your Instructables. They tell you to get a life? they need to get one if all they have time for is to run around posting negative comments to other's who are simply trying to help another. GREAT JOB!!

    Are you a millionaire yet? Maybe the US government should consult you, these instructables are so simple, their brilliant, and I'm not trying to be funny. Keep your brain running, I need more stuff to keep me busy.

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    Poor as a church mouse, but thanks for all the kind words and thoughts! I like to stay busy....Cman.

    this is the forth instructable in 2 days, your on a roll.

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    An instructable a day keeps the boogie man away...thanks. Cman

    but still good job