How to make your own cardboard box for shipping

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How to make your own cardboard box for shipping
Create your own shipping packaging. (line of trucks 1 image by Aaron Kohr from

If you do a lot of shipping of items of odd dimensions, you may need to build your own boxes to custom fit your items. Order some corrugated cardboard in bulk sheets from a manufacturer. For most purposes, the regular 90.7kg. test is fine, but for fragile stuff you may need the double wall or even triple wall. For very fragile items, double boxing is recommended and for some shipping companies it is required if you want to insure the package. Check with your shipper for details.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Tape gun with 2-inch tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife
  • Cardboard, corrugated, single wall or more

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  1. 1

    Measure the dimensions of the item you are shipping. Add in space for packing material to protect it and determine the final dimensions--length, width and height--of the box you want.

  2. 2

    Use the factory edges of the cardboard for the top and left side and make a grid. Across the top starting at the left, measure the height and make a mark, then the length then the height again. Mark vertical lines from marks down the cardboard toward the bottom.

  3. 3

    Continue creating the grid by measuring on the left side from the top. Measure the height and make a mark, followed by the width, then the height again and finally the width again. Mark lines across from the left to the right, completing the grid that will be four rectangles high by three wide.

  4. 4

    Put a mark in the rectangle in the centre of the top row, all three rectangles in the second row, and the centre rectangle in the third and fourth row. These marked rectangles are the template for your box.

  5. 5

    Cut the template out of the cardboard.

  6. 6

    Score the internal edges of the template, fold and tape sides.

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