Thinking Out of the Box
Topic: Fantastic Folds
Well, really nothing fantastic about this at all. One of the cruise activities was to learn to make a box... been there, done that. But with no cost involved I thought I'd go check it out.
Came in late, sat down and started folding away. "Wait," she says, "you'll need me to show you what to do." (Ummm, no!) So I kept on folding and she kept on instructing the rest of the group how to do it her way. She used the method where you cut the sides before folding the box and only provided decorative edge scissors! AAAAKKKKK!
When we were done I realized the top and bottom could not be nested without squashing the sides of the base. SOOOOO tacky.
Anyway, I ended up showing the instructor three things:
1) make the base paper 1/4 inch smaller in each direction so the lid will slide on.
2) Don't make those first folds across the middle, but rather MARK the middle. This way you dont have big creases across the center of your box.
3) Angle fold the 4 corners instead of cutting them and you have a box with all finished edges rather than cut corners that are weakened.
Here is the box I made:
Nothing special to look at but a good teaching tool and I had something to carry a few trinkets home in.
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