DIY Paper Box

I was wondering what my project for this week’s DIY mood should be, but since am still away from home, and living in a hotel, I had very little access to imaginative craft supplies. The good ole paper box my dad taught me when I was little was perfect. All you need to make this, is a square sheet of paper of your choice, a pair of scissors and some patience!

Spoiler alert: the box is pretty simple to make once you’ve got the hang of it. The multitude of images I’ve put up here shouldn’t mislead you into thinking it’s a complex project. The photos are simply here to help you follow every step in the crafting.

Start off by folding the square sheet diagonally to form a triangle. Now fold one corner of the triangle to create a smaller triangle. Press firmly along the folds to form creases. Next, open the paper, flatten it and fold it into half and finally into a square.

Push out the edges to form a triangle as shown in the first picture below. Repeat the same for the other side of the square. You will end up with a triangle as shown.

Lift one of the bottom corners of the triangle and fold across to meet the top corner. Do the same with the second bottom corner and repeat it on the other side of the paper. Once you have pressed down firmly on all the folds, pull down the free ends of the folds to as shown in the photo.

Open the folds again, to flatten the sheet of paper. Now, pick up a corner and fold across until the tip touches the dot, as shown. Do this for all four corners.

All the folding is now done, the creases formed are guidelines to craft the box. Fold the paper once again diagonally to form a triangle. Using a scissor, cut along the lines marked with crosses in the photo below. Fold across along the other diagonal and cut along lines in a similar fashion.

The next picture has dotted lines along which you will be folding your paper to finally create the box.

Insert the arrows into the slits as shown below and you have your lovely box ready! You can use it to keep your trinkets, or pack favours or simply hand out candy to kids.

You can experiment with patterns, newspaper prints or write a personal message on the box. I hope you enjoy making these for your next gifting occasion.


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