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Picture of Easy Paper Boxes

It's really easy to make basic paper boxes made up of a lid and base. I will show you how to cut out the boxes using a Silhouette Cameo 3, but it can be done with just paper, ruler, and scissors. I'll talk about both ways.

I've been making these up to pack up some items I sell on my Etsy store and thought others might like to learn how to make them since they are so easy :)

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Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies


  • Paper
    • I recommend using paper that is thicker than printer paper which is 20#
    • basic cardstock is 65# but a nice thick 110# paper will give you a very durable box
  • Ruler - for help folding
  • Scissors
  • Silhouette Paper Cutter - optional, I have one so I'm using it
  • Scoring Board - optional, just makes it easier to fold the box up, I already have one so I used it
  • Glue or Double Sided Tape - also little spring clamps can help hold the box together while glue dries

If you want a very durable box, you could also use chipboard (hard to fold) or cereal box.

gulash3 months ago
This is great!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  gulash3 months ago
Thank you :)
Love the cardstock you used!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  emilyvanleemput3 months ago
Thank you :) I had this colorful variety pack that I hadn't used and thought this would be a good time to open it up!