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Fold-up Box

This package opens like a blossom.




  • Mat board
  • Ruler
  • Pen or pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Rubber band


  1. Step 1

    Measure a gift's width and height, then draw a cross shape on mat board (center square slightly larger than width, each flap slightly longer than height). Cut out with a utility knife.

  2. Step 2

    Score flaps on the colored side.

  3. Step 3

    Make box top the same way, but with shorter flaps and a center square 1/8 inch bigger on all sides.

  4. Step 4

    Fold all flaps; place gift inside box, and affix top to bottom with a rubber band.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2004



Reviews (4)

  • loisbee 4 Feb, 2012

    Instead of a rubber band or a ribbon, I used paper tape (, e.g.) It works like a charm and spruces up a plain colored box! Thanks, Martha!

  • AJeweltoCreate 20 Oct, 2011

    This a fantastic project I am always looking for different size gift boxes. I do think a ribbon glued to hold the lid instead of a rubber band for reuse. If I could just find the right materials to make it bigger to fit a hat.

  • sek_gillis 10 Jan, 2011

    i would think maybe a ribbon might be more attractive than a rubber band. if i make this, i will use ribbon.

  • kamimono 15 Dec, 2010

    This is a great idea, especially for delicate items or items that may become damaged if you try to take them out of the box.