Lately I've taken to folding up paper to make stuff. This cube is one thing that I have stumbled across in my explorations of paper folding.

It's pretty structural as far as paper cubes go and can hold a fair amount of stuff (which would make it ideal as a small gift box).

Step 1: Go get stuff.

You will need:

A ruler
A cutting board
An 11" x 17" piece of paper (or equivalent)
An Exacto knife
A pencil
An eraser
I found this instructable utterly confusing.....you might want to redo it adding more steps and pictures for each move
o.o O.o o.O YAY!!!! IT WORKS FIANLY WEEEE MAH BOX!!!! :DDD >:( it was confusin :D But awesome when it worked for meeee
Good Instructable! I think i got the box in easier by "sliding it in" and making sure the triangle flaps were aligned in the same direction when putting it in
tried it and it came out very well.
Here are my cube's pictures
i like it i think its a great instructable
sweet but more importantly, whered you get the sticker?
you know you can just make one
oh rite i canged acont becuse i lost my password becuse of timmy (i dont know him ether)
he is on the piccher
That's nice, I used to make smaller ones like that out of post-its when I had a really really boring office job.<br/>If you want to try a few more folding projects, I found this site a while ago - it's pretty wild:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://cp.c-ij.com/english/3D-papercraft/index.html">http://cp.c-ij.com/english/3D-papercraft/index.html</a><br/>
OK, I'm plugged back into this planet now! At least I'm blonde, so I have an excuse!
Hi, I am blonde, so it is totally possible that I could be stuck in "DUH" mode at the moment but, wouldn't the largest square possible out of something with a side of 11" be 5.5"? Dumby me started by cutting a larger poster board down to 17" X 11". From now on I will "View All Steps", then I would have simply cut two 6" square pieces! Who said blondes weren't bright? (Actually I did, but I am blonde, so I am allowed). Anyways, I am going to see if I can get through the rest of your instructions now without hurting myself. Thanks for the fun project.
loved this one! easy, fast and useful. finally, a little cool box to keep all those ear rings i haven't used in years and dont have the courage to throw out! thanx! :D (and for all you guys asking about the sticker:: come on, instructable ppl! make em yourselves!)
Nice, but specifying an 11"x17" sheet of paper seems misleading, even though you qualify it with 'or equivalent'. Not too many people are going to have an 11"x17" sheet on hand. If you wanted to use just one sheet, more commonly available legal size (8.5"x14") paper would do. But 2 sheets of even more commonly available letter size (8.5"x11") paper would seem to fit the bill for most people. Have you tested these to see how big you can go (with say, standard 20 lb paper) before structural integrity starts to become a problem? And w.r.t. fold dimensions for different size boxes: does the 7x fold dimension to 10x inside square dimension used for your 2.5"x2.5" box (1.75" to 2.5") need to be retained, or is there some flexibility in the fold dimensions?
I have not tested them for paper strength or size. I would imagine that if you were working with standard computer paper, you could scale it up to and 8.5&quot; square and have no problem. You couldn't really go much larger than that if you are using standard printer paper, so why worry about it?<br/><br/>Any which way, I did go ahead and make the largest one I could using paper I had lying around (18&quot; x 24&quot; 60lb drawing paper). It seems to work well enough so long as you don't put anything excessively heavy in it or on it. It is paper after all. <br/><br/>The likelihood of having a larger and/or stronger sheet of paper than that lying around for most people is slim. <br/><br/>As far as shape, I have folded these to be more of a perfect cube and it seemed to work fine (as one would guess it would). However, I imagine the further you get from a perfect cube, the less structural integrity it will have (i.e. as the side walls become lesser, the surface area expands and the likelihood of it collapsing/breaking/falling apart increases). Although, as to why someone would need such a flat box, I am not sure. <br/><br/>If you put two 8.5&quot; x 11&quot; sheets of paper side by side you would have the <em>equivalent</em> of an 11&quot; x 17&quot; sheet of paper. I don't see how that is misleading.<br/>
Sorry if my comment sounded critical, it wasn't meant that way. It was more from the perspective that someone might quickly scan the instructable, look at the requirements, and determine that they <strong>need </strong> an 11&quot;x17&quot; sheet of paper to make the box. If they haven't got one on hand they might pass, whereas almost everyone will have standard letter paper available. I know, their loss for not reading more thoroughly, but it seems like listing the most commonly available materials might maximize the number of people who make your instructable..<br/><br/>Thanks for your thoughts on shape &amp; strength. Good starting point for those looking to go 'outside of the box' (groan, did I really write that?) with your instructable. <br/>
yhe were did you get the stickers from? also great instructable
yeah were did you get the sticker? lol. nice instrutable. if you wonder why there isn't manycomments, add more keywords. always works.

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