Hello, hello! The box in this tutorial is something I really worked hard to create. I figured many of you probably want something like this, but often times boxes aren’t the easiest crafts to figure out.
I made it so that the success rate is high as long as you follow exactly what I did here. I hope you give it a try! Also, if you do it this way, you can practically make any shape of box you like. 😉 In this tutorial, I used Balsa Wood, however thick paper works as a great substitute. The first part of this tutorial will show you how to make the thick paper, if you go that route, but the steps other than that, are the exact same.
Let’s make a heart shape first. It’s easier if the heart is symmetric, so I drew a line in a middle of a thick paper, and drew half of a heart. Then I cut that half heart out, and traced it on both sides of the line I drew. Now that I have a perfectly symmetric heart shape, I cut it out with scissors.
Using the first heart, trace and cut out 6 to 8 of the same hearts on a thick paper.
Glue the hearts into two stacks of 3~4 layers. One stack is for the box, another is for the lid.
First, lets make the box part. Trace one of your heart stack on the back of the paper you want to use for the inside of the box. (In this picture my heart is balsa wood, but please regard it as the paper heart stack. It’s really much easier to use paper.)
Cut the traced heart shape out, and glue onto the stack you just used.
Cut out a strip of the same paper for inside of the box. This is where you decide if you want your box to be deep or shallow.
Put some glue on the tip of a toothpick, and run it along the rim of the heart.
Before the glue dries, tightly wrap the strip of inner wall around the heart. Hold the wall with your fingers until the glue is somewhat set.
At the dip of the heart, cut the excess wall off.
As you can tell, my inner wall paper happened to have the pattern I wanted to use for the the outer wall already printed on the back. But If it’s not the case for you, here is one more step to take. It actually reinforces the box, so it’s not a bad thing.
Here, I have a different box with wall set up. I want pink paper on the outside of this box.
I just cut out another strip of paper using the pattern I want for the outer wall, and glued it along the inner wall!
Okay, now let’s move onto the lid of the box. Grab the other unused stack of paper hearts. (or balsa heart…lol)
Measure the thickness of your heart, and cut 2 strips of paper at the same thickness. Also cut out another strip that is the height you want for the lid.
Glue on the 2 narrow strips along the paper heart stack. This will give just the right size increase you need for your lid to fit right on your box.
Now trace that heart on the back of the paper you want for the inside of the lid.
Cut the heart out.
And glue it on.
Glue on the inner wall along the heart, and you have a lid.
The left is the box and the right is the lid.
If you use the paper that needs another layer of wall, then it is the same thing as the box, but glue on another layer around the lid that is for the outer wall of the lid.
Okay, now the box shapes are done, let’s finish them up. Trace the shapes of both box and the lid on the back of the paper you want to use for the outside of the box.
Cut them out.
And glue them on!
Now the box is really finished!
The lid fits on really nicely, too. Enjoy!