How to Make & Fold a Pizza Box

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How to Make & Fold a Pizza Box
Pizza style boxes (Stack of boxes image by Allen Stoner from

A pizza box is a small, flat box that can hold a pizza. Usually the box has a lid that protects the top of the pizza. The box should be made of a sturdy chipboard that is flexible. Chipboard a single-ply cardboard that is usually grey or brown and it is commonly used as the last sheet in a pad of paper and in toilet-paper tubes. The first step in making your own personalised pizza box is to decide on the size of your pizza. A fun size to start with is for a small, six-inch personal pizza. This will allow you to practice your box-making skills on a smaller sheet of chipboard first. Once you learn the pattern of the box you can make boxes in any size you like.

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Things you need

  • 10 X 15-inch heavy chipboard
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Butter knife
  • Scissors
  • Waxed paper

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  1. 1

    Place your chipboard on your work table so that the 10-inch side is horizontal; this side should be the farthest away from you. Measure down from the top edge one inch and mark. Measure down six inches and mark, one inch and mark; repeat these two measurements once. Use the straight edge of your ruler to line up on each mark. Use the smooth end of the butter knife to draw a crease (score) at each mark to make the chipboard easier to fold later.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark at one inch and at two inches in from the left side. Measure and mark at one inch and at two inches in from the right side. Score your vertical lines with your butter knife from the top to the bottom.

  3. 3

    Cut along the vertical crease from the top down to the third horizontal crease. Cut in along the third horizontal crease one inch and remove the extra chipboard. Repeat for both sides.

  4. 4

    Find the second and third horizontal creases; they should be one inch apart. Cut in one inch along each crease. Cut vertically between your cuts. This will remove a small one-inch square chunk from each end. Find the fourth and final horizontal crease. Cut in two inches along each side of the crease.

  5. 5

    Fold the bottom chipboard along the one-inch crease at a 90-degree angle. Bend the side flaps upward along the vertical side crease. Fold the chipboard along the second vertical crease on the left side at a 90-degree angle. Fold the same chipboard section along the first vertical crease so that it covers the flap and the portion already at 90 degrees. Repeat for the right side. This forms the bottom of the box.

  6. 6

    Fold the remaining creases inward to form the back wall of the box and the lid. Add a piece of waxed paper to the bottom of the box for extra moisture proofing.

Tips and warnings

  • It is fun and easy to decorate your box with labels, stickers or other designs. Chipboard is available at printers, craft stores, art stores and paper stores.

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