Introduction: Build a Cardboard Box
Making a custom box can be used for a few good reasons that I have found, as well as- I''s own box minimizes the size, the weight, the need for more packaging material, and thus making the postage/shipping fees less.
All you need is second hand cardboard, a box cutter (razor blade), and packing tape (in a dispenser works best).
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Step 1: Break Down
Break the box down starting with opening the tabs on top and bottom of the box. Just unfold the tabs, or cut through the tape with the box cutter and then unfold the tabs. Lay the box down on its side and cut one of the corners from top to bottom so that you can unfold the cardboard once more to end up with a long, straight piece of cardboard.
Step 2: Mark the Corners
Now there is one long piece of cardboard laid on the floor. Place the item(in this case- a framed picture) on the cardboard where half the width of the item is equal to the space between the item and the edge of the cardboard. (So if you were to fold the cardboard up on the item, it would only be halfway across that side.) From top to bottom, cut very lightly with the box cutter to draw a cut line into the cardboard at the place the item''s side as extra cardboard that will be able to fold up onto the sides of the item.
And leaving half the width of the item as extra cardboard on the opposite side, cut the rest of the excess cardboard off completely, from side to side.
Step 4: Flip & Fold
Now, take the item off the cardboard and flip the cardboard over onto its other side. Fold along the cut lines and see how easily and perfectly it bends and forms the four corners of the box!
Place the item inside the box and fold shut. I wait to tape after I fix the sides, but for your first box it can be easier to tape the box now, where the edges meet from top to bottom.
Step 5: Fix the Sides
Now, look at one of the two open sides and you will see your item''t all. You have saved money by using minimal tape, no packing peanuts or foam, and a cheaper postage/shipping rate if you are going to ship because of shipping in the smallest/lightest possible package. And to mention on top of that, you are recycling boxes by giving them a second life!
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7 months ago
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This will definitely help in Shipping aquarium snails, because at $.50 a snail, buying boxes is not an option.
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Can''t it be quicker if you just got boxes from the house removals company? I don''ve sh##! I''t make a straight line to save her life!) Thank you so much!
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I made it, but I don''ve always had trouble making good straight folds and this will certainly help with that.
Ah cool, this would be even better, thanks for the info.
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this looks awesome! I need some help...I''s 8.5 inches wide and 38 inches long if that helps...like a quarter-half an inch thick... great instructable :)
well, first off by a big tv, then go after this ible.
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