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Make Storage Boxes or Drawer Organizers With Lids From Free Printables
Fold these storage boxes and organizers to organize your craft supplies in drawers or store parts of miniature projects. The boxes can be made with or without tops, and you can also fold clear tops from acetate sheet, or page protector plastic if you wish.
The printable versions of these boxes are restricted to the size of a letter-sized sheet, but once you practice the technique using this paper with its marked folds, you can make larger boxes from larger sheets of paper, including recycling photos from old calendars.
If you need to make larger storage boxes, use the same technique as is outlined in the bookboard dolls house roombox instructions to make boxes and box tops in any size and finish you want, using sheets of sturdy, acid neutral bookboard. Just don't cut out openings for door and windows!Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Printable Paper Drawer Organizer or Storage Box With Fold Lines
Print off a copy of the pdf (acrobat reader) file for the printable storage box base and another if you wish for the printable box top. Use a lightweight card or photo paper if you want a sturdy storage box, or print off a copy on regular paper to glue it to a lightweight card (a cereal box, a used file folder or something similar.
Cut the square printable away from the page. If you are following the instructions to make boxes from recycled paper, cut a square of recycled paper from a calendar or some other heavy paper.
Fold the printable on all the fold lines on the page, as shown in the photo above.
If you are using recycled paper, create the fold lines by folding the square of paper you have exactly in half, unfold it, and fold it in half in the opposite direction to mark the four corners.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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First Folds to Make a Drawer Organizer or Paper Storage Box
Begin to fold your paper box by turning the paper over to the wrong side, and bringing all four corners into the center of the page. You have already folded the correct line on the paper printable box, to make the fold on a sheet of recycled paper, take one of the corners of your square in to the exact center of the square you marked by your folds in the previous step. (see photo)Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Preparing the Folds for the Box Sides
Fold the sides of the square you made in the previous step towards the exact center of the back, along the fold lines marked so that your paper looks like the sample in the photo above. If you are making the box top, the folds will not quite meet in the center but will be slightly away from it.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Fold the Sides for a Recycled Paper Box
To fold the sides for a recycled paper box, where you do not have marked fold lines, fold the sides of the square you made in the previous step so that they meet up exactly in the center of the back of the square.
Unfold these sides, and repeat the fold with the other opposite sides so that fold lines have been made on all four sides.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Secure the First Side of the Folded Paper Box
With two of the sides still folded up slightly from the previous fold, open one of the triangular ends away from the center of your squared paper as shown.
Take the corners where the opened side meets the folded side, and fold them back in on themselves so that you can tuck them under the open side when you fold it back down.
Follow the same step for a recycled paper box. You will have to crease the corners for the recycled paper box, as you didn't make a special fold line for this section earlier.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Tuck the Triangle Over the Folded Corners Into the Center of the Box
Finish the first side of the box by taking the triangle you opened up back over the tucked in corners you folded in the previous step. Take the corner right down over the box side, and back to meet the other triangles in the middle of the box base.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Complete the Side Fold for the Opposite Side of the Box
Unfold the triangle opposite the one you folded in the previous step, and tuck the ends of the adjacent sides under the edge you have opened, just as you did in the previous step (see photo above). Fold the corner back down over the tucked edges and down across the interior of your box. You should now have a completely folded lined box. If it makes your box more stable, you can cut a square of card that fits into the box as a liner, and glue it in place under the tabs on the bottom of the box, then glue the tabs in place to cover the card.
Use the same steps to finish a box made from recycled paper.
To Make A Box Lid
You can use the printable lid file (acrobat reader pdf file) and follow the same steps you used to create the box. The lid file has fold lines which are slightly different from the base. Lids also have a space for a label on top of the lid as well as on the side.
To make a lid for a recyclable paper box, see the next step of these instructions for the correct fold lines.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Fold Lines for a Box Top From Recycled Paper
To fold a box top from recycled paper, adjust your fold depth for the sides so that the side folds do not meet in the center of the paper, but are even distances away from the center. The spacing does not need to be very far from the center, just enough to allow the lid to slip over the base.
Fold the opposite sides the same way, so that they do not meet in the middle.
With all the side fold lines marked, make the box lid the same way you made the box base. The adjusted fold lines should make your box a bit wider, with slightly lower sides that will fit over your box base easily.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Printable Box or Drawer Organizer and Lid
Here is a photo of the printable box base and top. If you prefer you can make clear tops for the boxes by folding and taping clear acetate sheets or clear plastic cut from a page protector to make reasonably heavyweight clear lids.
The size of these boxes is controlled by the size of the sheet of paper used. If you want boxes with higher sides, or larger boxes, you will need to use larger squares of paper.
Once you have tried the printable version to learn the technique, use the same method to make colorful boxes for your storage needs from all kinds of brightly colored recycled paper. Calendars and old cards make great boxes, useful for storing all types of materials.