What happens when you need a smallish box for Christmas gifts? Do you run around to different stores looking for something that will sorta work?? You certainly could if you live in a large enough town with lots of options, but if you’re 50 miles from everywhere and the crafty sort, you just make your own!
As with everything, there are a number of different ways to make a box, but my new favorite way is with the help of the Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers. This handy little tool is made specifically to create envelopes, hence the name, but with a little tweaking, you can make the perfect size box for any occasion.
To make this adorable little box you will need two (2) sheets of heavy card stock measuring 10” x 10”, the envelope punch board, score tape or a similar type of double sided tape or wet glue, and some additional cardstock to compete the presentation on the inside of the base and cover.
Let’s start by creating the base of the box.
Begin by placing your 10” x 10” cardstock in your envelope punch board aligning the edge at the 4 ¾” mark, punch and score.
Make a quarter turn and align the cardstock at 3 ½” mark, punch and score.
Rotate a quarter turn; align at 4 ¾” mark, punch and score. Rotate a quarter turn; align at 3 ½” mark, punch and score.
Now we need to add the dimension to the box base. After the last punch and score, move the cardstock to the left to align the previous score line with the indicator on the punch. This will give you the next position to punch and score.
If the previous score line doesn’t extend far enough to make an accurate placement, you can always line up the punch on the right side with the score line on the board as shown in the next image. (sorry it’s a bit blurry)
Continue around the next three sides until you have a final piece that looks like this:
Give each score line a good crease with the bone folder. Before we continue we need to cut from the punch up to the score line on two sides as shown below.
At this point we need to create one more fold to create the sides of our box. With the triangle facing us, fold to the first score line, then crease the triangle at the second line as shown below.
When you are finished the base should look like this:
Add your score tape, or wet glue if you prefer and finish you box base.
To hide the messy looking inside you can add a piece of cardstock cut to approximately 6 1/8 x 4 3/8”. Give it a dry fit to see if you need to shave off just a touch more for a smooth fit, then add just some tape or glue to hold it in place.
To create the top of your box you will follow the same procedure as above with only a slight increase in the measurements: Begin with your cardstock aligned at 4 7/8”, punch and score.
Quarter turn align at 3 5/8” punch and score.
Quarter turn align at 4 7/8” punch and score and quarter turn to align at 3 5/8” punch and score. Follow the same directions as above to complete your box lid and finish it with a piece of cardstock cut to 6 ¼” x 4 ½”. Again give it a dry fit to assure it fits properly before adhering it with you favorite adhesive.
To give this year’s box a little added decoration, I decided to add some stamped snowflakes to the lid before taping it all together. I wanted to keep everything in the same color family so I chose to use Frayed Burlap distress ink. I don’t know if it would have made a difference, but when stamping the snowflakes I used a piece of scrap paper to cover the corners that would have the adhesive on them, just to be sure nothing would come apart on me.
This finished box measures 6 ½” x 4 ¾” x 1 ¼” with the base alone measuring 1” deep.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope the instructions for using the envelope punch board to make a box were clear enough. If not, please let me know!