How To: Decorative Boxes for less than $1


Have you ever seen those adorable cute decorative boxes for holding your things? Well here I’m going to give you a “how to” for making them yourselves and making them for cheap! Personally I think they are more sturdy too.

You will need the following items:

  • Card board box – Use an empty refrigerator or stove box. You can get them for free typically from an appliance store just call ahead
  • Box cutter (a sharp one, NOT dull) We don’t want accidents here
  • A marker
  • Fabric, duct tape or contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Glue if you plan on using fabric
  • Tape

Directions lay your box out on the floor that you will using

Now take your measuring tape and measure all four corners and put a dot right where you want to start your cut. like above.


Once you have done that draw the lines above. The solid lines are for a cut that you will make that will go straight through the box. The wiggly lines are where you are going to take your box cutter and make a line with it (DON’T go all the way through the cardboard or even half way, Otherwise when you fold the cardboard it will break) You only want to do it lightly so when you go to bend your box into the shape you want, it will bend easy.


Now take your box and bend all the sides like the picture above.


Once you have done that go ahead and start taping the inside and the outside of your box. You can also use glue if you want but it will take longer to make.


Now grab your box that you made and measure the fabric or contact paper you want to use to cover it.


Now I used a strip of contact paper and just did the inside. (Remember when laying the contact paper in your box that you don’t use your finger nail to press it in the corners or edges “it will tear the contact paper” But use the tip of your finger to smooth it down.


Once you have measured your contact paper or fabric and you have covered your box in it. Now you are set to place the items you want in the box. “If you used fabric and glue, make sure it is dry before placing items in it”.


I made this box for our headphones that we use for gaming on the computer. Now my computer desk doesn’t look so cluttered. Yeah not as much clutter on the desk now.

Have you ever created your own decorative boxes before?


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I'm a wife, a momma, a housekeeper and a penny saving one at that.

Posted on August 2, 2013, in DIY - Do It Yourself, Money Saving Ideas, Up-Cycle and Reuse and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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