The Right Box

I made a test version of the box for Twenty-twenty Hindsight this week. I made a quick template –without side flaps– and cut it from the card stock I plan to use for all nine of the final boxes. I transferred the pattern by piercing holes through the template. Note that the painter’s tape holding the template in place attaches to portions of the card stock that will be cut away after scoring.

Here is the test version, scored and cut.

Before gluing the box together I wrapped it around one of the blocks to check the fit.

It seemed to be a good size. After gluing the box together, I checked again. There is a bit of slop, but most of that will be taken up when I add the flaps. (And I do want a bit of slop since the contents of the box need to be removable!)


Another undertaking for the week was starting work on the annual Beeston Calender.

I can’t show you David’s pictures for the 2021 calendar, but here are a few from the one we made for 2020.

You can see that the story line for the year was focused on the garden (who knew!) and that there is a subplot about honeydew melons.

In other book arts news:

The film The Book Makers is now available for free streaming if you live in the U.S.A. Text from the InCa Productions Vimeo page describes the movie:

The Book Makers is a 1-hour documentary that pulls back the curtain on the people who are keeping books alive in the 21st century.
From the esoteric world of book artists to the digital libraries of the Internet Archive, the film spins a tale of the enduring vitality of the book.

Here’s the trailer:

If you live outside the U.S.A. but have access to a PBS television channel, you can check airdates on this schedule.


Since I had done research on cube box templates, I thought I would pass some on to you. The first is from Template of a Box, and comes in three sizes. (If you just want the two inch size, download the 2-inch-cube-box-template.) I did not make up a sample, but I have some comments

I see no logical reason for one of the flaps to be a different shape. I would cut the straight edge on the flap shown at the upper right to mirror the lower right flap. Also, the flaps as shown will overlap in the middle of the box, adding unnecessary bulk. I would cut them shorter so they meet in the middle or even leave a slight gap.

The next three boxes are some I saved from a free printables site in my early days exploring the Internet. Since it was before I started this blog I only intended them for personal use, so I have no idea where they came from.

I did make a sample of one of them and I have a few notes. The fold line for the tuck flap on the lower lid is in the wrong place. I waited to score that fold until I had the box cut out, then scored the fold after marking it when the lid was folded over the front panel above it.

There is one tricky bit of cutting/folding on the upper lid. It might be confusing, since the fold lines and cut lines are undifferentiated. The centre line is folded and the little sections at either side are cut.

The process for making the boxes is the usual: score the fold lines (except that one I warned you about), cut out the box, pre-crease all the folds, then glue. The gluing is simple. Lay the box with the inside surface facing you and the short tab on the side of the box body to the right. Fold the tab over so the coloured side is up and apply glue to the coloured side. Fold the box body in half and, after making sure that everything is aligned properly, press in place. If you want to be extra sure of a good join, you can put a little glue along the non-tabbed edge before pressing it down.

If you would like to make one or all three patterned boxes, just download Pink Box, Blue Box, and/or Fuchsia Box.

Here’s my sample.

And by next Sunday there should be nine of these, with side flaps.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to The Right Box

  1. dinahmow says:

    You do give nice, clear instructions!
    Many years ago, long before the internet or even much in the way of printed instructions, I used to dismantle cardboard cereal boxes et cetera and adapt them.


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