How to Make a Box Out of Construction Paper

    by Mandi Rogier

    About the Author

    Mandi Rogier is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about a wide range of topics. As a previous employee of Walt Disney World, she enjoys writing travel articles that make use of her extensive knowledge of Orlando theme parks.


    Construction paper is one of the most versatile craft supplies and can be used for both flat and 3-dimensional projects. It is also a colorful work surface for young artists. This paper box project can be used as an impromptu gift box, a quick storage system or just a fun and easy craft to occupy your kids awhile. You can even turn a child's existing piece of art into a functional box by using construction paper that has already been decorated.

    Things You'll Need

    • Two pieces of 8 1/2-by-11 inch construction paper
    • Tape
    • Ruler
    • Pencil, pen or marker

    On one sheet of paper, measure 2 inches from each corner and mark this spot.

    Fold each edge inward along your 2-inch markings and crease firmly. You may want to draw a line connecting each marking to show the entire length of the crease you will be making.

    Fold each corner inward, making a triangle. Each triangle should line up perfectly with the side of the box. However, if it isn't perfect, the box will still turn out fine.

    Tape each triangle down along the inside of the box. For a more stable shape, you may also want to fold a piece of tape over the edge, securing the top of the triangle as well.

    Repeat Steps 1 through 4 with the second piece of paper, only this time measure 2 1/4 inches from each edge to make a slightly smaller shape. This will fit neatly inside the first box, creating a bottom and a lid.

    • For different sized boxes you can use various sized sheets of paper and measure the sides differently. Just remember to make the bottom slightly smaller and deeper than the top.