A star box of any size can be made using the following method. It is made basically by cutting a star shaped base, and folding and gluing or taping a long rectangle around its perimeter to make the sides. The process is the same to make the base and the lid.
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Things you need
- Thin cardboard
- Glue or tape
Make a star template. Open a Microsoft Word Document. Click "Insert" then "Picture" then "Autoshapes". Click on the star shaped icon, and select the five-pointed star. A star will appear on your document.
Adjust the size of the star to the size desired for the base of your box, and print the star on regular paper to use as a template.
Measure one of the sides of the star, and multiply the number by 10 to determine the total length of the perimeter of your box.
Make a template for the side piece of the box by drawing a rectangle with a length equal to the perimeter of the star, and a height the desired height of your box. If you cannot fit this onto one sheet of paper, you can make two rectangles that will later be joined together to make the total length needed.
Divide the rectangle into ten pieces by drawing lines at increments the length of one side of the star. This is where you will fold the sides at the points of the stars.
At one short end of the rectangle, make a tab by extending the rectangle by about ¼ inch.
Make tabs along the bottom of the rectangle by extending it by about ¼ inch.
Cut out the star shape and rectangle shape to make templates for cutting the shapes out of cardboard.
Draw around the template shapes on the cardboard. For the rectangle, mark the fold lines and tab lines with a pencil on the card.
Cut out the shapes carefully with scissors. On the side piece, snip the tab section (only) at each vertical fold line.
Fold the side piece along each fold line, matching it with the shape of the star; it should form a zigzag shape. Fold the tab pieces to the inside of the star shape. It may help to score the fold lines gently with a compass point or point of the scissors first.
Glue or tape the bottom tab shapes to the star shape one side at a time, aligning the folds to the angles of the star, and glue/tape the tab at the end of the side piece to the other end where they meet. The side should fit perfectly around the perimeter of the star.
To make a lid, repeat the above process but make the star a fraction larger than the base star. You can either print a new star, slightly larger, or leave a small border around the template when cutting out the lid from cardboard. Make the height of the side piece for the lid shorter than the height of the bottom of the box.
Paint, decorate or cover the box with wrapping paper, if desired.
Tips and warnings
- Try to make the folds on the side of the box cleanly.
- If using thicker cardboard, gently score along fold lines with a knife or some kind of sharp point before folding.
- Check the size of the gift against the size of the star before making the box.
- You can check that your dimensions are correct by making a practice box from paper before using your cardboard.