How to make your own cake boxes

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How to make your own cake boxes
Cake boxes will protect your cake when you transport them. (cake image by Marek Kosmal from

There is nothing worse than painstakingly icing and decorating a cake and having your hard work messed up while transporting the masterpiece. You can protect your delicate delicacies by making your own cake box to house the treats while you travel. You will need a sturdy cardstock to make the box out of and some strong tape to hold it all together. You can even decorate a box with a fun design and give a cake to someone as a gift in a personal cake box.

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Things you need

  • 12-¼ x 8-¼ inch cardstock paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Lay a 12 ¼ x 8 ¼ inch piece of paper on a table in front of you so it is taller than it is wide.

  2. 2

    Draw a short, long rectangle in each corner with a pencil. The rectangles should 2 ¾ inches long and 1 ¾ inches tall.

  3. 3

    Make two more rectangles of the same size along the right and left edge of the paper. The rectangles should be exactly in between the ones above and below them.

  4. 4

    Cut out all six shapes with scissors. The paper should now comprise one long vertical column with two horizontal rows centred on it.

  5. 5

    Make a vertical fold in all four of the horizontal flaps to make them half as wide as they were before. For example, fold the top, left flap over to the right so the edge lines up with inside edge of the vertical column.

  6. 6

    Stand the folded the upper two horizontal flaps and the flap at the top of the vertical part of paper so they form 90-degree angles with the table. Tape the three pieces of paper together so they form three sides of the box.

  7. 7

    Do the same thing with the lower half of the paper so you have two sets of 3-sided boxes joined by 1 ¾ inch wide piece of paper.

  8. 8

    Pick up the lower box shape so it forms a 90-degree angle with the table. The strip of paper joining the shapes should now be the 4th wall of the top box. Tape the 4th wall to the other sides of the box.

  9. 9

    Fold the 3-sided part over the four-sided part thus closing the lid of the box.

Tips and warnings

  • Adjust the size of the box to make it fit any size cake you want.
  • Use a cardstock that is strong enough to support the cake however heavy it is.

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