Download Article Download Article A folded paper origami box, also called a masu box, is beautiful in its functional simplicity. All you need is a piece of square paper. The finished box makes a great hiding place for small treasures. With a pair of boxes, you can use one as the box and the other as a lid to wrap small gifts.
- Begin with a perfectly square sheet of paper. Use origami paper or cut any sheet you have into a square.
- Make a series of folds to create structural creases in your paper. The creases will guide you while you create the box shape.
- Fold and tuck the flaps of paper along the creases to create the base and walls of the box.
- 1 Begin with a piece of square paper. You can use origami paper or fold any piece of paper diagonally from the corner to the opposite edge and trim off the excess. It is important that the paper is square since you are creating a box. A trick is to fold your paper like a sail on a boat and cut the excess.
- 2 Fold the paper in half. Crease the fold with your finger then open the piece of paper. Advertisement
- 3 Fold the paper in half along the other side. Use your finger to crease the fold, then open the paper again. You should now have two creases that intersect at the center of the square.
- 4 Fold the corners to the center. Bring each corner to the center, so that the points are all touching. Crease the folds with your finger. Rotate the paper so it sits squarely in front of you, but don’t unfold it this time.
- 5 Fold the top and bottom edges to the center of the square. Crease the edges of both folds to secure them.
- 6 Unfold the square along one side. Unfold the halfway folds and the triangles beneath those folds. Leave the side triangles folded in.
- 7 Fold the long edges to the center. Fold over the bottom of the still folded triangles. Crease the bottom edge. You should have what looks like a necktie with two points.
- 1 Reinforce the creases. For the purposes of the guide, the diamond furthest away from you formed by the “necktie” folds will be the “head” and the diamond closest to you will be the “foot.” Match the bottom tip of the foot diamond to the bottom of the head diamond. Then, match the top tip of the head diamond to the top of the foot diamond. Crease along the long sides to solidify the folds.
- 2 Create the side walls of the box. Pull up the flaps along the long side to create the side walls of the box.
- 3 Construct the head wall when the side walls are assembled. As you lift the head wall flap, the creases from previous folds should form two triangle shaped flaps that you will want to fold inwards. Be sure these triangles are folded inwards before proceeding. The head wall will fold over these triangle corners and the top triangle of the head wall will fit neatly into the bottom of the box where you will want to crease it snugly against the sides to keep the box together. After creasing, you should see a triangle on the bottom of the box.
- 4 Repeat the process for the opposite end or the foot wall. Try to make sure the folds are clean and not crinkly.
- 5 Finished.
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- Question How do you make the top? Simply follow the same steps as above, but make the box roughly 1″ bigger in every direction. This top will fit right over the bottom you made earlier.
- Question How can I make a bigger box? Use a bigger, square-shaped sheet of paper. If the sheet is a rectangle, fold it diagonally from the top corner to the opposite edge, trim off the excess along the bottom, then follow the article. A sheet of poster paper may work, but keep in mind that the larger the paper is, the more difficult it will be to work with.
- Question Are there certain measurements for square paper? No, but the size of the paper determines the size of the box, so you should have bigger paper for a bigger box and smaller paper for a smaller box.
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- You might want to dab some glue on the bottom of the triangular flaps in order to make them stay down, or you can use tape.
- For best results, fold neatly. For each fold, carefully align the edge or corner with whatever edge, crease, or other feature it should meet, then crease the paper firmly.
- Use diagonal folds when you start, along with the straight folds. It will help a lot at the end.
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- Don’t put anything too heavy in the box, or it will collapse. Remember, it is paper.
- Watch out for paper cuts.
Advertisement Article Summary X “To fold a paper box, start by folding a square pieces of paper in half both horizontally and vertically to create two creases. Then, fold each corner to the center so that the points are touching. When all points are in the center, fold the top and bottom edges to the center and crease them.
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Download Article Download Article Paper boxes are easy, environmental friendly crafts that make good gifts, trays, and storage containers. You can make them by folding any size paper into a variety of shapes. They are a useful, fun way to use up flyers and discarded paper.
- 1 Choose your paper. For this method, rectangular paper works best. If you are making a gift or a party favor, use brightly colored and/or patterned paper. If you are simply practicing your paper folding skills, use some scrap paper instead.
- 2 Fold the paper vertically in half. If using patterned paper, make sure the pattern is on the outside. Unfold the paper again.
- Make sure each fold is creased well. You can crease the folds with your fingernail, a coin, or some other small, hard object.
- If you’re using cardstock or another kind of thick paper, you can use something called a “scoring tool.” This can be a very dull knife, an empty ballpoint pen, a bone folder, or an embossing tool.
- 3 Fold each side of the paper to the center crease. Take the edge and line it with the center crease. Once again, the pattern should be on the outside. Unfold the paper. It should now be in quarters sectioned widthwise.
- 4 Fold the entire paper in half lengthwise. The pattern should be on the outside. Unfold the paper once more. It should now be in eight equal sections.
- 5 Fold each short side to the center crease. You are doing the same thing with this new lengthwise center crease as you did in Step 3.
- This will give the new side four sections. The paper should now have 16 sections in all.
- Do not unfold your paper this time. Keep in folded lengthwise.
- 6 Fold each corner. Line the corners up with the nearest lengthwise crease. The folded corners should each form right triangles with their bases flush with a lengthwise crease. You should end up with an uneven octagon.
- A strip of paper should be between the center creased edges and the edge of the newly folded corner, creating a flap.
- 7 Fold the flaps from the middle down over the triangles made in the previous step. This opens the center of the paper so you can see the center crease inside the box.
- This flap will be seen from outside the box. If you are making a gift or decorative box, you might consider using two-sided patterned paper for additional ornamentation.
- 8 Pull up on the two flaps. You can grip them by the creases in the middle. You should now have a complete box.
- You may have to re-crease some of the folds to make your box stand more securely.
- 9 Make any finishing touches. Use some scotch tape on the corners if you would like them to sit flat. Decorate the bed of the box with markers or pens if you want to. If you’re using it to hold a gift, write a surprise message to your giftee that will be covered by the item.
- 1 Choose your paper. Starting with a rectangular sheet works best. As above, the paper you pick will depend on the box’s purpose. If this is a gift or a decorative item, use patterned or brightly colored paper. If it’s just for practice, use scrap paper.
- 2 Fold the paper lengthwise in half. If using patterned paper, make sure the pattern is on the inside, This is in contrast to Method 1, so be sure to pay attention. Unfold the paper.
- 3 Fold the long sides to the center crease. Make sure the pattern is on the inside. Take the outer edges and fold to the center crease. Unfold the two creases you just made.
- The paper should now have four vertical sections. At this point, the paper is still half folded, so you should only see two of them and no pattern.
- 4 Fold back the edges lengthwise along the nearest crease. The paper should now have flaps, with the pattern of the paper visible.
- Each flap should be three layers folded on top of one another in a Z pattern.
- Do not unfold the paper.
- 5 Flip the paper over and fold the edges to the center crease. When the paper is face down, you should see only the center crease and the two lengthwise edges. Fold the paper towards the middle crease so that it lines up with the two outer creases. Unfold partially so that the outer creases return to edges.
- There should be two lengthwise sections before unfolding and four lengthwise sections after.
- 6 Fold the bottom left corner to the third crease towards the right. Line up the bottom outer edge with the crease.
- The new triangular section will have a flap in the middle of it.
- 7 Fold the bottom right corner of the flap to the top edge. This should create a new flap in the shape of a symmetrical trapezoid.
- 8 Fold the bottom right corner upwards to meet the edge of the flap. The bottom right corner will be on the other side of the third crease.
- The newly made section will be triangular with a point at the end. The top should have a flap.
- 9 Insert the newly made section into the flap below. Lift the newly folded section and carefully slip into the flap on the section beneath it. The flap and the folded triangular corner will be visible.
- 10 Tuck the pointed tip in. Take the triangular corner and fold underneath the flap. You may need to re-crease the folds.
- You should have a straight edge along the bottom. The newly folded flap section will be in the shape of a trapezoid. It will sit with its parallel sides flush with a second larger trapezoid.
- 11 Repeat Steps 6-10 with the opposite end. It may help to turn the paper 180 degrees before you begin.
- When finished, the two sides should mirror each other. The paper should now be in the shape of an oblong octagon.
- 12 Lift each flap. This should complete the box by creating four standing sides. You may need to reinforce the crease to get the sides to stand better. As with Method 1, you may want to decorate the bed if it’s for a special occasion.
- 1 Choose your paper. Think about the purpose of the box. If this is a gift or a decorative item, use patterned or colored paper.
- For this particular Method, square paper should be used. Origami paper is ideal for a gift box. Make sure your paper is completely even on each side. Either use square paper, or measure and cut the paper so each side is the same size.
- 2 Fold the paper in half diagonally, then unfold. If using patterned paper, make sure the pattern is on the inside. Turn the paper 90 degrees and repeat this step. You should now have four sections.
- 3 Fold each corner into the center. You should start with the paper patterned side down, folding each corner to reveal the pattern side of the paper. The plain side should be covered up now. Your paper should now look like a smaller square made up of four identical triangles.
- 4 Fold two parallel edges to the center. The newly folded sections should be folded down on top of the corner folds you just made in Step 3. The paper should now be a rectangle. When folded completely, you should see only two rectangular flaps that meet at the center.
- 5 Fold the shorter edges to the center. The folds should be made over the ones created in Step 4. The shape will now be an even smaller square. The only visible pieces at this point should again be two rectangular flaps that meet at the center.
- 6 Unfold the paper partially. Rotate Stop unfolding once you have the square made up of triangles that you made in Step 3. Fold two parallel edges back towards the center on the already creased fold. There are two sets of edges to choose form, but they are identical. You are not making a new fold. Let them sit vertically, as these will be the beginnings of your box’s sides.
- 7 Lift the paper by either of the central widthwise triangles. This should partially unfold one shorter end of the rectangle. Don’t use too much force to avoid tearing the paper. You may need to re-crease any edges that aren’t crisp. You should now have three outwards-facing triangles, two of which with a central crease. The base of each triangle forms three sides of the square that will make up the next side of your box.
- 8 Push the two creased triangles back inward. Pinch the central creases together to invert the triangles and push them down. Push inward on the creases and line the triangles against the central crease of the new side. The paper should start folding, lifting the new side up.
- 9 Fold the remaining triangle into the box. This last triangle’s base will be the crease that will create the inner lower edge of this side. After folding in, the last triangle should now be in the bed of the box, creating a square with three other identical triangles.
- 10 Repeat Steps 7 through 9 with the opposite side. All four triangles should fit perfectly into the bottom of the box. Your box’s bed will look like the square made up of four triangles in Step 3. If you want the triangles to stay perfectly flat, you may need to tape them down.
- 1 Gather your materials. Unlike the previous boxes discussed, you will need to do some cutting and gluing. Don’t let this intimidate you; pillow boxes are actually the easiest type of paper box to make. It’s best to use cardstock or another type of thicker paper for these boxes. In addition to paper, you’ll need scissors, a ruler, and glue.
- You will also need a scoring tool if you use cardstock.
- 2 Print off a pillow box template. Find a template you like online. You can pick a minimalist pattern or an elaborate one.
- You can even print out a blank template that you can decorate yourself. If you choose to decorate the paper, do so before you start folding. Decorating an already-folded box is both difficult and runs the risk of collapsing it.
- You can also print a blank template directly onto decorative paper.
- 3 Cut out your template. Using your scissors, carefully cut along the lines designated by the template. A standard pillow box template has two parallel straight sides and four curved sides. They look similar to a wide hour glass. Some may be more elaborate, but they still tend to keep a “pillow” shape.
- 4 Score the fold lines. For straight fold lines, line your ruler up next to the marked edges on the template to guide you. The curved fold lines will be trickier, since you’ll need to freehand them. Gently run your scoring tool up and down the lines until an indent forms. Don’t be so rough that you cut through the paper.
- 5 Fold your box in half along the center fold line. If your template is meant to face outside (such as most decorative ones), flip your paper over first. Fold inward to keep your design facing outward. Use your ruler again to guide you if you have trouble.
- 6 Fold and glue the tab. Fold the second straight line inward. The skinny flap will be what holds the box together. Flip the box back over and apply glue evenly on the tab.
- To help glue dry faster, start by using a minimal amount of glue, just what is necessary, and make sure you are applying it onto a dry surface with no other moisture.
- 7 Assemble the main part of the box. Fold the box in half again, decorative sides facing out. Tuck the flap under the far edge of the box. Line up the flap so that its crease is now flush with the far edge. Place your box in a heavy book while the glue dries to seal the edges.
- 8 Fold the curved edges inward to finish your box. Once the glue has dried, gently fold the round scored lines down towards the center of the box with your fingers. They should now form two parallel sides each shaped like a pointed oval. Because of their concave shape, the edges should hold together without any additional glue. If you used thin paper, though, glue may be necessary.
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- Question Can you show how to make a lid for the box? Use a bigger piece of paper, perhaps 0.5 cm larger on both sides for the square box, and increase the ratio of the starting paper for the rectangular boxes. For example, for A4, the dimensions are 29.7 : 21 cm. Increase both by, say, 1.05 and you have 31.2: 22.1 cm.
- Question How do I make the rectangular box more durable? Use a thicker paper or cardboard. Fold the edges with a big crease to help the box keep its shape.
- Question Are there any other methods to do this? Yes, there are other methods. For example: Use square paper and follow the steps of method three steps 1 to 5, then fold horizontally, fold vertically also. push and fold to each crease and hold. This should produce a box like the one in method 3.
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- Don’t expect to get it perfect on your first try. It will take practice.
- If the instructions sound difficult or complicated, don’t worry, it’s not that hard. Keep trying until you get the step, or try again with a fresh sheet of paper.
- Paper boxes aren’t as sturdy as other boxes. Don’t put heavy objects, fragile items, or liquids in them.
Advertisement Article Summary X To make an easy paper box, fold a sheet of paper vertically in half, creasing the fold well. Fold each side of the paper to the center crease and unfold it. Then, fold the entire paper in half lengthwise and unfold it again.
Is it cheaper to make your own boxes?
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Can I make my own boxes?
Introduction: Build a Cardboard Box – Making a custom box can be used for a few good reasons that I have found, as well as- I’m sure it could be used for various other and different reasons. Maybe it is a holiday season and you are wrapping a gift that needs a box for shape or structure; or would benefit from a layer of protecting cardboard; or need to fit an item of an odd shape/size into a box for storing/mailing.
Can you create a form in box?
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Does Walmart give free boxes?
If you can stay up until 10 p.m., visit your local Walmart to grab some moving boxes! Walmart unloads new shipments late at night, leaving empty boxes up for grabs for anyone willing to arrive late.
Are boxes free at Costco?
The boxes that Costco uses are the boxes that the merchandise they sell comes to the store in, thus Costco has no added cost in using these boxes to give to customers to carry smaller purchased items out of the store.
Is it cheaper to send 2 boxes or 1 big box?
Is it better to ship a large box or two smaller boxes? – If possible, it’s often better to ship two smaller boxes rather than one large, heavy box. This will spread the weight of your cargo over two smaller parcels, which can significantly reduce your shipping costs especially if the large box would qualify for large or oversized pricing.
How do you make a rectangle out of cardboard?
Download Article Download Article Whether you are shipping Christmas presents or replacing an old Scrabble box, there’s no need to spend money on pre-built boxes. You can assemble cardboard you have lying around into boxes the perfect size for your project. Corrugated cardboard is the best choice for storing heavy objects or sending something through the mail.
- 1 Choose your cardboard. The side of a cereal box can make a small box for home use. Use corrugated cardboard for a sturdier project, or make a larger, decorative box from scrapbooking paper or cardstock. If you have a specific size of box in mind, cut the cardboard to fit:
- A piece of cardboard makes a square box with sides ¼ the original length. For example, a 12 inch long piece of cardboard will make a 3″ x 3″ box.
- The width of the cardboard forms the height, base, and top of the box. For example, if you want to make a 3″ x 3″ box out of a 12″ x 9″ piece of cardboard, you’ll use 3″ of the width to form the base and top, and the remaining 6″ will form the height of the box.
- 2 Decorate if desired. It’s easier to decorate the box before you start cutting and folding. One easy way to do this is to use a piece of wrapping paper about ½” (1.25 cm) larger than the cardboard on all sides. Glue this onto the cardboard with strong glue, then fold over the edges of the wrapping paper and glue them onto the other side.
- To keep paper from wrinkling or bubbling, make sure to use a minimal amount of glue and smooth your paper out after you apply it.
- 3 Draw a line close to one edge of the cardboard. This forms a small “glue flap” that you will later fold over and glue down to help keep the four sides together. The glue flap can be as wide as 2 inches (5 cm) for a large shipping box, or about ¼” (6mm) for a small art project.
- 4 Divide the remaining length into four sections. Use a ruler to measure the length of the cardboard, ignoring the glue flap. Mark it at each ¼ of the length, then use the ruler as a straightedge to draw parallel lines through these marks. This should divide the cardboard into four equal sections, that will form the four sides of the box.
- If you want a rectangular box instead of a square one, use sections with two different measurements. For example, to make a 4″ x 2″ box, divide the cardboard into a 4″ section, a 2″ section, another 4″ section, and another 2″ section, in that order.
- 5 Score the lines if using thick cardboard. Place the ruler along the lines you just drew and press along them to make them easier to fold. Use a utility knife for extra thick material such as corrugated cardboard, using light pressure only. Use a bone folder or empty ballpoint pen for medium-weight material such as posterboard.
- 6 Bend the sides. Fold the sides inward from both ends to form a stack, then unfold. This creases the paper for easier folding later.
- Bend thick material so the cut score is on the outside of the box. You can bend medium-weight material either way.
- 7 Draw the flaps perpendicular to the sides. Divide the length of one box side (the distance between two lines) by two. Measure this distance from one edge of the cardboard and draw a line width-wise at this point, running across the lines you folded. Measure the same distance starting from the opposite edge and draw a second line.
- For example, if you are making a 3″ x 3″ box, divide 3″ by 2 to get 1.5″. Arrange the paper so the creased lines run vertically. Draw one horizontal line 1.5″ from the bottom edge, and a second horizontal line 1.5″ from the top.
- If your box is not square, you can use either side of the box for this calculation. Using the longer side will give the box a sturdier base and top. Using the shorter side will make a taller but weaker box.
- 8 Cut each flap. Cut along the vertical “side” lines until you hit the horizontal “flap” lines. This should leave you with four flaps along the top and four along the bottom.
- Score and crease these as before if using thick cardboard.
- 9 Fold and tape the four sides together. Bend the four sides to form the frame of the box. Fold the narrow glue flap over the edge of the side and tape or glue it down.
- Make sure you are applying the glue onto the dry surface, with no moisture on it.
- If you want to make glue dry faster, you can use a fan or a hair dryer.
- 10 Fold the base of the box. Tuck the flaps on one side together, so each one overlaps the flap next to it. Reinforce this base with tape.
- If you are storing lightweight objects, you can just close the flaps together without trying to tuck them into place. Reinforce this simple fold with tape on the inside as well as the outside, to prevent the flaps from poking up.
- 11 Tuck the top flaps together. Tape the top as well if you are making a decorative box, or if you’ve put something inside for shipping. Otherwise, just leave them tucked together for easy opening.
- 12 Finished.
- 1 Choose two boxes of equal size. If you need to store or ship an extra-large item, you can combine two ordinary cardboard boxes. The two boxes will be stacked on top of each other, so make sure each one is at least half as tall as the item you plan to store. You can use store-bought boxes, or create two templates yourself using the instructions above.
- 2 Assemble the first box. Tape the base securely, but leave the top open.
- 3 Tape the top flaps into a vertical position. Stand each flap on the top of the box upright, to extend the height of the box sides. Tape the flaps so they stay up.
- 4 Assemble the second box with its base open. Tape the top flaps of the second box in a vertical position, as you did with the first one. Leave the base flaps open for now.
- 5 Tape the two boxes together. Slip the second box upside-down over the first, with the two sets of upright flaps overlapping. Tape or glue the two sets of flaps together.
- 6 Pack the box. Now you have one extra-tall box, with the open “base” of the second box serving as the top. Insert your object and packing materials through this hole, then tape the box closed when you are ready
- 7 Finished.
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- Question How can I decorate a cardboard box? Amy Guerrero is an Arts and Crafts Specialist and the Owner of Sunshine Craft Co., a crafting studio based in Phoenix, Arizona. Amy specializes in macrame, DIY crafting, and teaching fiber arts. She offers monthly in-person and online workshops along with having developed a range of DIY craft kits for at-home projects. Arts & Crafts Specialist Expert Answer An easy way to add decorations is to use stickers, patterned duct tape, or washi tape. You can also use patterned paper or printable designs, paint the box, or draw your own designs and letters with Sharpie paint pens.
- Question For a wine glass, how long would the cardboard be? It depends since not all wine glasses are the same size. I would measure the height of the wine glass first and then add maybe 2 inches onto that length for the box height.
- Question Can you make this a cube? Idabelle Community Answer Yes, you can, you just need change the dimensions and use squares instead of rectangles.
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- Utility knife, bone folder, or empty ballpoint pen
- Wrapping paper (optional)
If you are using the box to store something fragile, make your box an inch taller and wider to make room for packing material like bubble wrap or newspaper.
Advertisement Article Summary X To make a cardboard box, start by dividing your piece of cardboard lengthwise into 4 pieces and marking them with a pen. Next, bend the cardboard into quarters so the scored side is on the outside and mark out flaps on each side of each quarter.