Upcycled Crafts: Cardboard Box

October 5, 2013 at 3:17 am Leave a comment

Hello everyone! Our blog today shows you how to make a box out of cardboard. This can be very useful if you want a box of a certain size, especially smaller ones for your desk. It turns out, the possibilities of crafting with cardboard are endless, as illustrated by a book we encountered here, called New Crafts: Cardboard by Emma Hardy. Today’s blog is based on one of the projects in this book. In the book, blank corrugated cardboard was used, but we decided to use cardboard cut from a laundry detergent box. Have fun with this and let us know how it goes!

Supplies:

Cardboard

Ruler

Box cutter or Xacto knife

Hot glue

Step 1:

Determine what size box you would like to make. Our box is 7 inches long by 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall. Keep these measurements in mind when you draw out the template below.

Cardboard box 5

Step 2:

Using the box cutter, cut out the outline of the template. Once the template is cut out from the rest of the cardboard, use the box cutter to lightly score the lines on the inside of the template.  Don’t cut all the way through, just enough so that the cardboard will fold.

Step 3:

Begin folding along these scored lines carefully. Once all the lines are folded, you can see the structure of the box coming together. Now’s the time to get out the hot glue! Apply a small amount to the angles tabs one at a time. You will have to hold the tab in place for a minute or so after you apply the glue.

Cardboard box 3

Step 4:

Do the same to all 4 corners and you’re done!

Cardboard box 2.

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