Introduction: Making an Organizer Box
This will be a simple instructable achievable for grades 3-5 (supervision required). This will be a step by step tutorial that upon completion you will successfully have made your organizer box and achieved STEL-8D: Follow directions to complete a technological task. This tutorial involves the practice of making and doing in the context of material conversion and processing, as you will be using tools to manufacture goods. In this case, a box. This tutorial is for anyone who wants something to help with clutter or wants to practice following a step by step procedure.
You will need
~140 sq-in of foamboard
a hot glue gun and extra hot glue sticks
an exacto knife
a ruler or measuring tape
a straight edge
Step 1: Gather Materials and Information
Once you have the necessary supplies you will need to take a look at the provided design and specs to see what we will be making. This provides a layout and information on the size of our box. *Please note there is an error in the value of the two pieces that are 3.625" - 2". They are supposed to be 3.125" - 2". This is rectified in later steps*
Step 2: Draw and Cut the Base
We now begin by drawing and cutting all of our pieces.
First up is the base: 10" - 7"
The easiest way to start is to find a corner of the foam board to reduce the amount of cuts
Find a corner and measure 10" down one side and mark it
Next measure 7" down the other side and mark that as well
Now that you have your marks, use a straight edge to draw lines inward to complete the rectangle if you've done this correctly your drawn lines should come out to be 10" and 7" as well.
Finally use the exacto knife to cut along the lines as seen above
Label each piece if you want, it makes them easier to keep track of
Step 3: Front and Backside
For this step we are making two 10" - 2" pieces
The easiest way to do this is to use the existing 10" edge from the last cut out. Instead of measuring 10" again you just have to measure 2" up and extend the lines as seen above.
Then simply cut along the lines
Once you have the first one done repeat the process once more to get the final piece
Step 4: Left and Right Side
Next up are the other two sides of our box
Since we do not have an existing 6.5" edge we cannot just extend the lines like before, we need to make some new measurements.
From a corner measure and mark 6.5" one way and 2" the other way
Using your straight edge extend your lines to complete the rectangle
Cut along the lines and label your piece
Now we have an existing 6.5" edge to base the second piece off of
Using that edge measure 2" up and extend your lines as seen above
Then cut and label your last side piece
Step 5: Long Divider
For this step we will be creating the long dividing piece that splits middle of the box
First find a corner, then measure and mark 9.5" down one side
The piece is 9.5" - 2"
So measure and mark 2" down the other side
Same as before extend your lines and make your cuts
Step 6: Small Horizontal Divider
Next we will be making the 3.75" - 2" divider
Find an corner to save cuts
Measure and mark 3.75" one way
Measure and mark 2" the other way
Extend your lines using a pencil and straight edge
Then cut along the lines and label your piece
Step 7: Vertical Dividers
Our last pieces are two 3.125" - 2" dividers
Once again find a good corner
Measure and mark 2" one way
Measure and mark 3.125" the other way
Use the straightedge to draw in the sides of the rectangle
Then cut the lines and label your piece
To make the second piece use the existing 3.125" edge then measure and mark the 2" side from there as seen above.
Finally cut and label your last piece
Step 8: Hot Glue
Next we are ready to begin assembling the box.
Layout all your pieces and plug in the hot glue gun and wait for it to heat up.
Step 9: 1st Long Side
Now we begin putting up our walls
We will start with one of the 10" - 2" pieces
Using the glue gun apply glue down the length of one of the 10" sides as seen above
Match this 10" side with the top of one of the 10" sides of the 10" - 7" base piece as shown in the images
Step 10: 1st Short Side
Next we will be putting up our first 6.5" - 2" side
For this piece you will need to apply glue along the two edges that will be touching the base and our first wall from the last step.
Once glue is applied firmly place the wall so that it is straight along the side and makes a right angle with our other side (Images for reference).
Step 11: 2nd Long Side
Now we will be adding our last 10" - 2" piece
using the images for reference you will need to apply glue a thin line of glue on the face that will goes up against our 6.5" - 2" piece as well as to the the bottom edge touching the base.
Firmly put the piece into position
so far your box should look like the last two pictures.
Step 12: 2nd Short Side
Now we are ready to put in the last wall and really make this thing a box
Take your last 6.5" - 2" piece and apply glue to one of the long edges and both the short edges
Next slide your piece into position between the two long sides and along the remaining edge of the base as shown above.
Step 13: Long Divider
Now we have a box but we want to add some sections to it so we can organize our stuff
But before we glue in our sections we need to know where they go
Our first divider splits the box longways down the middle
So to start; on both short sides of the box measure and mark 3.5" from the top or bottom of the box as shown
Next grab your 9.5" - 2" piece and apply glue to three of the sides.
Now, using the marks you just made as a guide, firmly slide the piece into place through the middle length of the box so that it looks like the last picture.
Step 14: Picking a Side
Up until now top bottom left and right have not made much of a difference in construction.
Now however, you need to pick which 10" side you want to be the top and bottom
Once you decide on a top and bottom you will need to measure and mark 4" in from the top left and bottom left as shown above.
These marks show us where our vertical dividers are going to go for the next step
Step 15: Vertical Dividers
Using our markings from the step before we are ready to install our vertical dividers.
Grab one of your 3.125" - 2" pieces and line it up to the right of your mark as seen above
Apply your glue to three sides and insert it into place
Repeat these steps for your second piece and your second mark
Once you are done the vertical and horizontal dividers should form a t just like in the pictures above
Step 16: Final Divider
For this final divider you will need to make one last measurement and mark 2" down from the top left corner.
Once you have your mark, grab your last piece (3.75" - 2") and apply glue to the three edges
Firmly put the last piece into place just above your mark as seen above
Step 17: You Made an Organizer Box
Congratulations you have completed your organizer box. You can do whatever you like with it; clean it up, paint it, wrap it, color it, break it, doesn't matter because you made it and you can do it again.
2 years ago
Very well explained - thanks for sharing :D