So all those baby booties I’ve been making needed cute packaging before they were sent off to their chubby little recipients. I’d previously used this tutorial to make a box out of a 12×12 piece of paper, but I wanted to adapt it for an 8×8 piece of paper. Because dudes, these booties are tiny. And tiny things need to go in tiny packages, because that is just cuter.
The little boxes turned out cute enough that I thought I’d do a tutorial. I also want to get this box pattern out there in a way that will make it easy to re-size. I used an 8″x8″ piece of paper for this, and while I have put exact measurements into the tutorial, I’ve also noted the percentages, so if you want a bigger one, and happen to have a 10″x10″ piece of paper, it won’t be too hard.
A scoring board is helpful to get nice straight lines when you fold. I love my Scor-Pal, although Martha makes one that has more grooves. But in just looking at Scor-Pal’s website, I see they’ve introduced a model with more grooves than mine…. Christmas present?
Score at 2″ and 6″. You want to fold the edges so they meet in the middle, so score at 25% and 75% of the length of your paper.
Turn paper, score at 3.5″ and 4.5″. This one takes some testing, as that rectangle in the middle of the piece of paper (bordered by two green lines and two blue lines) is the base of the box. You want to find your middle point (50%) and score lines on either side of that that are equally far away. I tried 3″ and 5″ on my first go, and that gave me a box that was much too stubby, so I decided to try 1/2″ either side of 4″, which ended up being just right.
Make the lid. For my box I used a 4″x2″ piece of kraft cardstock. It needs to be as wide as 50% of your big piece of paper (4″ in the case of an 8″ square) and twice as long as what you want to see on each side of the box (I wanted to see 1″ on each side). Score it down the middle.
Fold your 4 scored lines.
This one is hard to display in images, but I think the arrow helps. You want to bring the two pink lines (lines you’ve scored) to meet. This creates a little angle fold like this:
Do this 4 times, all around your box.
Stick them down! I like to put double-sided tape along the whole short piece, to make sure it is as well-stuck as it can be.
Do that four times. In a box this tiny, only 1″ wide, I find the folded bits stick out too much into the box, so I tape those bits down too.
Mark on your lid where you want the holes to go. This prevents cross-eyed boxes. Most of the time… as you can see it took me a couple tries to get my marks level. (Now I’m working on the mat that you can buy to fit into your Scor-Pal. I seriously do all my crafting and gluing on this little mat since I bought it.)
Then double-sided tape the back of your lid (the side without dots) to what will be the back of your box.
Close it, hold it tight, and use your hole-punch to punch two holes through all those layers. I love my Crop-a-dile for this, and the next step.
Put eyelets in, if that’s your bag, baby.
String some string through! Or a snippet of the yarn used to make the booties, if you’re me. I cut a length of about 30″ and used it doubled. It is easiest to thread the box (a) once the gift is inside it, and (b) if you pinch the top of the box closed, so you only have to poke the yarn through two holes.
Admire your wee 4″x1″-based boxes!
I’ve made a Flickr set with all the photos from this tutorial, plus a few more. You can find it at the Cutest Bootie Box Tutorial.