Rectangle boxes are similar in construction to square boxes but there are two different measurements for the sides.

 

Basic measuring rules for rectangle boxes

Bottom paper measurements = width of box + 2 times the height by length of box + 2 times the height.

For example a box that measures 3” by 4” with a height of 2”

3” + 2” + 2” by 4” + 2” + 2”

7” by 8”

Scored on all 4 sides at 2”.

 

Lid measurements = width of box + 2 times height of lid + 1/8” by length of box + 2 times height of lid + 1/8”

For example a lid to fit a 3” by 4” box with 1” sides.

3” + 1” + 1” + 1/8” by 4” + 1” + 1” + 1/8”

5 1/8" x 6 1/8"

Scored on all 4 sides at 1”.

 

Rectangle Boxes

Step 1:

 Cut bottom  paper 7” by  8”

 (3” + 2” + 2” by 4” + 2” + 2”)

 

Step 2:

Score all 4 sides at 2”.

 

Step 3:

Cut the score lines of the shorter sides up to the first vertical score line.

 

Step 4:

Turn paper so outside of box is face up, apply Scor Tape to the corners and assemble box with taped sides inside the box.

The following instructions are for a rectangle box 3” by 4” with 2” sides and a lid with 1” sides.

 

Step 5:

Cut lid paper to 5 1/8” by 6 1/8”

(3” + 1” + 1” + 1/8” by 4” + 1” + 1” + 1/8”)

I punched an opening in the lid ( see Helpful Hints and Ideas)

 

Step 6:

Score all 4 sides at 1”.

 

Step 7:

Cut score lines on shorter side up to the first vertical score line.

 

Step 8:

Turn paper so outside of box is face up, apply Scor-Tape to corners and assemble with taped corners inside the box.

Helpful Hints and Ideas

·  Use heavier card stock or designer paper for sturdier construction.

·  Double sided designer paper can add additional interest to your boxes.

·  Before assembling your lids consider cutting a circle or oval in the lid and   adhering acetate to the underside.  This will create a fun peek into the contents of your box.  Add rub-ons or stamping to the acetate. 

· Add ribbon pull tabs to your lids for easy removal.

· Embellish your boxes and lids with scallops, ribbon, buttons, etc 

· Stack several square flat boxes of varying sizes to make a “cake”.

· Use the bottom box measurements to create a holder for a goodie bag.