How to make a box out of paper for treats and the 1/16″ Rule of box making

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how to make a box out of paper

I was getting ready to meet my dad for lunch yesterday and I thought I would make a little treat for him.  I have a giant bowl of Dove Chocolates on my stamping table so I thought I'd make a little box to put some in (StampNation LIVE attendees…you don't need ALL of those chocolates, do you?).

While I was making the box for my dad, I thought I would make another one while I was at it.  One of my BFFs who lives down the street is vacating the premises and moving a couple miles away.  A little chocolate for her to enjoy while she's unpacking her boxes will hopefully ensure that she doesn't forget about me.

how to make a box out of paper

Do you want to know how I made this box?

Making a box out of paper is easy…well, once you figure out the measurements, that is!  And once you know how to figure out the measurements, you can use this for any box you want to make!

how to make a box out of paper

Ready?  Hang with me…I started having smoke come out of my ears with all this math, but it's worth it in the end!

Measure how wide and long your box needs to be.  In this case, I wanted to make a box to fit three chocolates.  Three chocolates are 1-1/8″ wide and 3 lined up together are 3-1/2″ long.

The very bottom of the box needs to be 1-1/8″ x 3-1/2″.  But that's not what we cut our cardstock to because we need SIDES of the box!

Next, measure how tall your box needs to be.  Two chocolates stacked on top of each other are 1″ tall.

So, the cardstock that you need to use for the BOTTOM of the box needs to be these measurements added together.

1″ tall + 1-1/8″ + 1″ tall = 3-1/8″

1″ tall + 3-1/2″ + 1″ tall = 5-1/2″

Now, you will cut a piece of cardstock 3-1/8″ x 5-1/2″ and score it at 1″ on all four sides.  This makes a box that is 1-1/8″ x 3-1/2″ on the bottom and 1″ tall on the sides.

Are you with me?

how to make a box out of paper

Now you want the TOP of the box to be just a smidge BIGGER than the bottom in order to fit OVER the bottom.

Think:  Big on top, small on bottom.

I know…we all want to be that way…let's live vicariously through the box.

Cut the cardstock or patterned paper 1/16″ larger than the bottom.  *this is the secret!* and I call it:

The 1/16″ Rule of box making

So for this box, the measurements are 3-3/16″ x 5-9/16″.

how to make a box out of paper

View the video to see how this came together!  If you are viewing this via email, please click the link to view on my blog.

And one more photo:

how to make a box out of paper

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial…if you did, be sure to share it with your friends on social media.  My business thrives on referrals and I'm forever grateful when you spread the love.

Have a wonderful day and go make a box yourself!

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