Whether you're running behind and don't have time to shop or just want to add a homemade touch, these printable paper boxes are fabulous for gifts, party favors, decorations, or other containers. Your imagination's the limit!
Supplies for Making a Square Box
What you need for this project:
- Glue or tape
How to Use the Paper Box Template
In most instances, you can right-click on the image and choose to save it or print it.
- Print the paper box template onto a full sheet paper.
- Cut the template out on the black lines.
- Fold on the dotted lines.
- Glue the flaps to the inside of the box so no one can see them.
- Do not glue the top flap if you want the box to be able to open and close.
Choosing Paper to Make a Square Box
The paper you use will determine how sturdy your box will be. You can make decorative boxes from regular paper, such as for Christmas tree decorations or strings of party decorations. For gift boxes, however, it's best to use heavy construction paper, cardboard, or cardstock. If you are going to make a box from a material too thick or stiff to run through your printer, you can print out the template on plain white printer paper, then tape it to the stiffer material and cut around the template.
If you make a box from cardboard, you can use it for shipping purposes by enlarging the template as described below. This is a thrifty option if you have cardboard on hand that would otherwise be recycled. You don't have to pay for a shipping box or find one that can be reused!
Making Larger Boxes
The square box template can be enlarged and printed onto multiple sheets of paper if you want to make a larger box. You can change the size of an image with your photo management software. Select a larger size but keep the dimensions the same. Don't accidentally make it taller or wider out of proportion, though, or it won't fold into a box that is square.
Remember, when printing a size larger than the paper in the printer, allow it to print on multiple pages rather than being "print to fit" on a single page. To use the multiple pages, carefully cut them out and tape them together where they match up on the multiple pages. Now you have a larger template you can use to cut the foldable box from a larger piece of cardstock, poster board, or cardboard.
Ideas for Decorating a Paper Box
When you're using these boxes for party favors or gifts, consider adding a personal touch to make them special. You can print them on colored or patterned paper, or break out your craft supplies to decorate them. Washi tape and stickers are always cute or use markers to create your own patterns. Rubberstamps, origami paper, and even bingo daubers can add some color to your paper boxes too.