How to Make a Collapsible Cardboard Box

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How to Make a Collapsible Cardboard Box
Make your own collapsible cardboard box at home. (what in a cardboard box? image by Andrey Khritin from

Cardboard boxes are useful for moving your belongings into a new house or apartment, and they also make great stackable closet storage units. Although collapsible cardboard boxes can be purchased fairly inexpensively from office supply and shipping supply stores, you can also make your own collapsible cardboard box at home. Making your own cardboard box allows you to customise the size and shape of your box to suit your needs, and can save you money, as well.

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Things you need

  • One large piece of corrugated cardboard
  • Matt or craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Packing tape
  • Extra cardboard or self-healing mat to protect your work surface

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  1. 1

    Lay down a piece of scrap cardboard or a self-healing mat to protect your working surface from scratches and nicks while cutting.

  2. 2

    Determine the height and width dimensions that you would like the finished collapsible cardboard box to have.

  3. 3

    Cut a long rectangular strip of cardboard. The shorter side of the rectangle should be equal to the desired height of the completed box. The long side of the rectangle should be exactly four times the desired width-dimension.

  4. 4

    Divide the cardboard strip into four equal sections, with each dividing line parallel to the short side of the rectangle. Lightly score the cardboard along these lines with a ruler and a knife. Only cut the topmost layer of paper.

  5. 5

    Fold the cardboard at right angles on the scored lines to make a box shape. Hold the box closed temporarily with a piece of tape.

  6. 6

    Set the box on another piece of cardboard, and trace the bottom outline of the box twice. Cut out two squares of cardboard to serve as the top and bottom of the box.

  7. 7

    Open the cardboard strip and lay it flat. Attach the top and bottom squares to one of the middle segments. Secure the cardboard squares in place with packing tape.

  8. 8

    Close your cardboard box by folding the sides inward at right angles, as before. Secure the box shape with a piece of packing tape. Fold the top and bottom flaps closed, and secure them in place with packing tape.

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