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« on: March 15, 2012 07:58:01 PM »

I'm getting to the end of a swap, and I can't find the right sized box.  I know we have all been there at some point.  SO I just decided to cut one down. While working on it I thought "this might be usefull information for some craftster folks"  so i decided to make a tut about how to make this particular waffle box a lot smaller and very sturdy.  I imagine it could be used for any size box, though I mostly use these boxes.  I also used it as an excuse to play around on picnik.com as they are closing down mid April, and I will miss it terribly.  SO anyway...On With The Show Grin


The BEFORE and AFTER


I opened the box along the glued side seam.  I just used my hands and pried it open.  I didn't cut it open, because I had plans for the glue TAB. Please ignore the cuts in the top and bottom flaps (the white parts).  I had it all cut up before I thought to tut Grin

I cut the box in half, down the side fold. If you don't have a glue tab on your box, cut a tab when you cut it in half. Now we need to make some folds.  I just ruff folded it with a strait edge..like this..

I put the ruler at the 1/2 way point between the flaps on the sides of the box (which was 4.5 inches for me), stood on the ruler, and folded.  You will need 3 folds...2 new side folds and 1 fold that will become a top edge that the flaps will come out from.  This picture is a side fold.  The other fold goes through the body of the box.  


I am using the brown side of the box for the inside of my smaller box, mostly so I could draw the pattern.  But you could turn the box inside out and have a brown box when you were done.  


Here is a close up.  The four middle squares are the sides of the box.  Remember the folding?  Now I cut down the 2 side folds only to the 1 long fold across the body, making new flaps.  4 flaps off of each long fold is what we are going for.  The flaps will make the top and bottom of the box.  Every other flap is cut shorter by half. Those will be folded inside first when I make the box.  That will leave me with 4 long flaps still.  I left 2 full sized, to be the last flaps.  I made sure one of them was white, for the address.  Had I not thought of that, then I would have made a label.  The other 2 long flaps can be cut down to save weight, or left on for extra strength.


This pic is just to show how the tab will go on the inside of the box.

Fold the box up and stick the tab inside and tape the edge.  I make sure tape goes over all the open side, but sometimes I put a small piece of tape down first to hold things together a bit, before laying the large packing tape down.


All most done!  Here, I'm folding the bottom flaps in and getting ready to tape it closed.  Short flaps first.

And that's it.  You can see in the top picture, the smaller box, ready to be filled with craftyness Grin

Let me know if this helps, or if there is anything confussing Grin




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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012 08:10:40 PM »

That's so useful!!! Thanks for sharing!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012 08:55:25 PM »

Useful and "green"!  I am guilty of saving every box to use for mailing swap items!!  Now I can make them custom!  Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012 10:55:24 PM »

great idea!
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012 08:08:43 AM »

Oh, this is so much fancier than my slash and tape technique, ha ha! Thanks for the tute Smiley.
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2012 08:11:30 AM »

Fabulous!  I've turned a box inside-out before, but never cut them down.  I usually secure the tab (and sometimes the bottom flaps) with hot-glue. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2012 09:07:14 AM »

Thanks everyone!  I was not sure it even made sense, so I feel better now heheh

Hot glue would work great too.  It would add more weight, but sometimes that is not an issue.  I just love tape is all Grin
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2012 07:38:49 AM »

What an awesome idea! I always feel bad about throwing out boxes.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2012 09:27:59 AM »

What an awesome idea! I always feel bad about throwing out boxes.

Me too LimeRiot.  We just moved, and I moved at least 4 boxes packed with flattened boxes (and still couldn't find one the right size..).  It's hereditary for me though.  My folks have a closet in the garage filled with nothing but empty boxes Grin
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