Monday, August 18, 2008

How to Make A Box from Scrap Paper


As if I needed any more reason to love Etsy: check out this Etsy Labs video on how to make a sweet little box out of a piece of paper. The only tools you need are a pair of scissors and some folding ability. The video uses scrap construction paper, but I used magazine pages for mine, pictured here (non-glossy pages worked best). Since I am more than a little spatially challenged, this took me more than one try. But I’m pretty happy with the results, which would be good for a little upcycled gift box or for holding paperclips and small things on a desk. The video also demonstrates how to make a second box for a lid, but I haven’t advanced to the intermediate stage yet.

Now that I’ve decorated your desk for you — back to work!


16 comments:

Cate Holst said...

These little boxes are fabulous! Always on the look-out for easy DIY

Mary Richmond said...

these are great! i used to make little boxes like these with my kids to put little treats in for the holidays....we used the comics, magazine pics, old maps--they were so much fun!

whimsicalpam said...

Great idea - thank you for the link:)

High Desert Diva said...

Using magazine paper was a good idea...might be a good use for all those catalogs I can't seem to convince companies not to send me too.

artsyclay said...

These are so cool! I want to make some too! Thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to check out the instructional video.

Rosebud Collection said...

They are adorable..Thank you for sharing the site..

twiddlestix said...

those are fun!

Jennifer said...

Nice boxes...great page choices too. I like the colors working with the black and white print! I too am spatially challenged...congrats on overcoming, LOL!

Little Lovables said...

These are fun, we used to make these as kids out of old Christmas cards.

Kelly said...

Those are awesome! I'm totally going to have to check out that tutorial.

fly tie said...

i think i did something like this as a child, but i need to do it again. yours look great.

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Nice choices of papers on your boxes--these are fun. Can see them holding small items on a desk...

verabear said...

Hi Jen, those boxes have so many uses. When we were kids, we'll make them out of newspapers when we play house, or we put flower petals in them.

Anyhoo, I've moved to a new blog and I hope you continue visiting me there :)

jen x said...

ALL: Thank you, everyone! This is the most comments I've ever received for a post on this blog.

Verabear: Congrats as well on your new blog -- my goodness, it really is #5, isn't it.

April Horsman said...

VERY cool! What a great idea. With Christmas playing on my mind these days, I'll keep this in mind!

Great blog!

April

oriental banana said...

masu boxes are fun and so easy to make! i make and use them all the time!