by Jenn Balcer
This easy-to-make box is ready in a flash, and is perfect for when you need a package just as spectacular as the gift inside.
- 11" x 11" cardstock for box bottom
- 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" cardstock for lid
- Bone Folder
- The finished box will be a 4" square.
The steps for the box top and bottom are the same. Start by folding cardstock precisely in half. Use a bone folder for sharp creases.
Unfold and fold in half, again using the bone folder for sharp creases. The intersection of the folds will be the box center.
Unfold, and fold a corner to the center of the box. Close attention is needed for sharp creases and precise folds.
Repeat, bringing all corners to the center of the box.
Fold the top of the square to middle of box, and the bottom of the square to the middle of the box. Make sure to use the bone folder! Depending on the cardstock thickness, this could be difficult.
Unfold top and bottom and repeat step 4 with remaining two sides.
Marker lines were added so that all fold lines would be visible.
Fold top corners to center of box as shown.
If desired, add adhesive under points. If using sturdy cardstock, adhesive is not usually needed.
To close box sides, fold at diagonal creases as shown and tuck corners in, apply adhesive if necessary.
Completed box bottom.
Repeat steps 1-8 to create box top using cardstock measuring 1/2" larger all around.
Fill box, place top over bottom.
Tie with ribbon and embellish to finish the package!
Create different sized boxes by starting with smaller or larger cardstock, making sure the cardstock for the lid is 1/2" larger all around.
Instead of ribbon, try a belly band. Start with a strip of cardstock 2" x 12" and score at 1 1/4", 3 5/16", 7 1/2", and 9 5/8" and attach ends with Sticky Strip. Leave slightly loose so that the belly band can be slipped on and off easily.