Recently I made a set of golf note cards for a client and I wanted to present the cards in something nice. Since there were 40 note cards and envelopes, I didn’t have a box large enough to fit all of them. I decided to create my own box for the note cards using the Simply Scored.
Making your own boxes for a set of cards is actually pretty easy to do. The hardest part is figuring out the size of the box you need. To figure out the size of the box I do the following:
- Measure the height, length, and width of the items you want to place in the box. For this project the stack of note cards and envelopes was just about 2 inches high. The note card envelopes were 5.25” long x 3.5” wide.
- For the cards and envelopes to fit in the box, you need to make the box slightly larger than the envelopes. So my box needs to be 5.5” long x 3.75” wide. I made the height of the box 2” because I plan to tie a ribbon around the cards & envelopes in the box so they will have plenty of room with a box 2 inches high.
- To figure out how much card stock I need for the box I add the following:
Card stock width: 2” + 5.5” + 2” = 9.5”
Card stock length: 2” = 3.75” + 2” = 7.75”
Final card stock measurement for the box: 9.5” wide x 7.7” long – Using the Simply Scored this card stock will be scored at 2” on all sides
Now onto the lid. The lid is basically a box bottom with shorter sides. The lid needs to be just slightly wider than the box base so it fits over top. It’s completely up to you the height of the sides. For my lid, I wanted the sides to be ¾”. So to figure out how much card stock I need for the box lid I add the following:
Card stock width: ¾” + 5-5/8” + ¾” = 7-1/8”
Card stock length: ¾” + 3-7/8” + ¾” = 5-3/8”
Final card stock measurement for the lid: 7-1/8” wide x 5-3/8” long – Using the Simply Scored this card stock will be scored at ¾” on all sides
Once you have the card stock for the box and lid scored, fold all of the score lines. Use a bone folder for nice, crisp folds. Oh…before I forget, if you are going to decorate the box and/or lid decorate it before you assemble it. It’s much easier to decorate while the pieces are flat.
Ok – now to assemble the box and lid. You will notice the score lines intersected in the corners of the card stock. You want to make 4 cuts (1 per corner along a score line) using a sharp scissor to the 2” score line for the box and to the ¾” score line for the lid – this will make a flap in each corner. Then using a strong adhesive so the box doesn’t fall apart assemble the box. (I used Sticky Strip)
Here’s the box with lid all assembled:
Whenever I am making a box, I always do a trial run with some copy paper to make sure I have the measurements the way I want them.
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