These little boxes are awesome! You can use them to organize craft supplies, to hold gifts, to stash your beading project on-the-go... whatever you need! They are very quick to make, and I'm sharing the pattern with you here - I didn't make it up, it's based on a box someone gave me that fell apart after many years of use.Here's the pattern
, hosted on flickr so you can download a large size if you want. You'll need the pattern, boxboard, a pen, a ruler, scissors, a tack or a nail, glue, clothes pins, and a length of round elastic.
Trace your pattern onto your boxboard, keeping in mind what you want to show on the top and on the side.
Cut it out and flip it over, then trace the lines on which you will need to fold (marked on the pattern).
Fold them all inward - it's easy to get a straight fold if you use the edge of a ruler. Now is also a good time to mark the little circle where the elastic will be.
Fold the little tabs in and fold the rest of the box up so you can see how it will come together. Take notice of any adjustments you may want to make when you glue it.
Glue the tabs on the inside of the walls of the box, holding it together with clothes pins (mini or otherwise
) until the glue is completely dry. I usually use mod podge or sobo craft glue on my boxes.
Notice how the edge of my box doesn't exactly line up with the edge of the wall? You don't have to do that, but I find my boxes sit better this way. This is one of the adjustments you should look for before you glue it.
Once the glue is dry, remove the clothes pins and measure out a length of elastic for your closure. The length will depend on how stretchy your elastic is - mine is pretty stretchy and I use a piece 7 inches long. Make sure to allow enough room to tie a knot on the underside.
Make a hole with your tack or nail where you marked earlier, and bring the piece of elastic through from the underside to the front. This can be annoying, so I usually use a piece of thread to pull it through, like a needle threader.
Knot your elastic so it doesn't slip out, and check to make sure it's a tight fit over your box.
You're done! Fill your box with stuff!
Edit: Here's an alternate way to hold it shut if you run out of elastic, like I just did!
Just hold a length of ribbon in with a bead or a knot, and wrap the ends back around then spine and the up around front to tie.
I hope you find this useful; if you make some boxes I'd love to know about it.