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

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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!

  • Kristie March 27, 2013, 12:36 pm

    LOVE these cute little boxes! Thanks for sharing the written tutorial with us and the video.

  • Rhonda Miller March 27, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing all of this.

  • Jeanne March 27, 2013, 3:37 pm

    After watching your video, I’m not scared to try one or two….. :). So cute. Thanks

  • Jan March 27, 2013, 7:00 pm

    Yummie boxes! thanks. We don’t get Dove chocolates like that here :((((

  • Chellie B March 27, 2013, 8:00 pm

    After I munged up my screen pointing to all the sides, I understood completely how and why you got your measurements. Still laughing at “big on top and small on the bottom”. Don’t I wish!

  • Joy Jones March 28, 2013, 12:18 am

    It was worth waiting for Catherine!! Sure makes sense making the top just a tinch bigger! Totally cute boxes :)

  • Carolina March 28, 2013, 2:37 am

    Thank you for the box idea.

  • Paula D March 28, 2013, 5:33 am

    great tutorial. thanks a bunch.

  • Casey Ward March 29, 2013, 12:47 pm

    You always make your tutorials that make sense. Thanks for that. I do have a tip for holding the four corners in place. Use clothespins any size will do.

  • Catherine April 17, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Great idea, Casey!

  • Catherine April 17, 2013, 3:40 pm

    Joy, I’d love to see your boxes!

  • Catherine April 17, 2013, 3:40 pm

    Chellie, you are too funny!

  • Cecilia May 23, 2013, 7:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing these boxes video

  • Colleen May 25, 2013, 9:45 am

    Watching with my son and he asked if you were a “stamper upper” and if I knew you. I said no and maybe I would meet you this summer at convention. Thanks for the great video.

  • Linda June 3, 2013, 3:29 pm

    thank you for information on how to make boxes for your cards. I enjoy looking at all of cards.

  • Brenda June 5, 2013, 8:52 pm

    Thank you for the box tutorial. Saving this one. I really enjoy your tutorials and the tips you share.

  • Betty Kaldenberg June 5, 2013, 9:09 pm

    Thanks so much love the boxes

  • Sherlock Hoka June 6, 2013, 4:03 am

    Thank your for that wonderful 1/16″ video. And how to size your box was very helpful. Don’t have to squint at the tiny type face on the scoring boards. This does make it easy.

  • BeverlyBL June 6, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Great boxes, wonderful video. Thanks so much.

    I found the “Best Wishes” in Petite Pairs in the new catalog, but couldn’t find those darling little hearts. I know I don’t have to do everything matchy matchy, but if I waaanted to, where do those little hearts reside? Thank you.

  • Catherine June 6, 2013, 2:59 pm

    Thank you, Beverly!
    The hearts on the box to the left are from a Hero Arts Stamp Set and the ones on the right are from a hostess set in the spring catalog.
    Hope that helps! :)

  • Beda June 6, 2013, 9:31 pm

    Once again LOVE IT!

  • Karen Grba November 15, 2014, 10:32 am

    Thank you for sharing your videos! I learn so much from them! Great job!

  • Marilyn B May 31, 2015, 1:50 pm

    1/16 for box good idea. However my scoring board is 1/8. Any other suggestions. .Thxs

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