How to Make Die Cut for Box

Updated February 21, 2017

Die cut boxes offer a pattern that you can trace onto various materials such as cardboard or cardstock to create a box for gifts, storage or shipping purposes. You can use a pre-made box to create your die cut box pattern and trace it onto paper so you can replicate it as many times as necessary. Using a die cut box allows you to recycle and reuse products such as cereal and snack boxes, shoe boxes and shipping boxes by tracing the die cut onto the cardboard of those boxes to generate a new box from an old one

Unhinge and flatten out the sides, top and bottom of a box so that you have a one-dimensional plane figure. This may require cutting sides in the crease lines of the box.

Put the flattened box on top of large card stock paper. Position the box in the middle of the paper so there is room on either side. Place a heavy object such as a book onto the middle of the box to hold it in place. Tape the sides of the box onto the card stock with masking tape to prevent it from sliding.

Trace along the exterior of the box with a pencil so that you trace all sides and flaps. Mark the card stock paper to the sides, top and bottom of the container part of the box to indicate where the box folds.

Line your ruler up to the fold markings. Create dotted lines on your box die cut pattern to show where the top, bottom and side folds are.

Remove the book and tape from the traced box pattern. Cut your box die cut out with scissors. Measure the dimensions of your die cut to verify the measurements match the dimensions of the box.

Place your die cut onto cardboard or paper to retrace and create a new box.


Multiply or divide the dimensions of each side and flap of your die cut to convert to larger or smaller die cuts for boxes.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Book
  • Masking tape
  • Cardboard
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