Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mid-Month Tutorial #4: Flower _'s Paint Chip Box Tutorial

Yuzuha: Hi everyone! I'm back with a new tutorial for you!

This one is pretty easy!


1. Scissors
2. exacto knife
3. Behr Paint Swatches
4. paper glue (I used Aleene's Tacky Glue)
5. ruler
6. Pencil

Let's begin!

Step 1:
Choose your Behr Paint Swatches in the colors you want the box to be.
You will need 2 swatches to make a box, one for the box, and one for the box lid.
You can pick these swatches up for free at your local hardware or paint store.

The swatches measure 5X6 inches.

For your box bottom, you will need to cut out a 5X5 inch square.

For your box top, you will need to cut out a 3X3 inch square.

Step 2:
When measuring your box bottom, it's wise to make sure you're not cutting on the curved edge.

Yuzuha: Hmmm, ok, I think that's pretty good...

Step 3:
Once you have your 5X5 inch box measured out, cut it out with scissors.
(You can also use a ruler and exacto knife, but it's not necessary to be that precise)
Yuzuha: Someday I hope Heather gets us those Neemo sized scissors... -_-;;

Step 4:
Now it's time to cut out the 3X3 box top.
I like to make two lines (like you see below) and then measure from there...

Step 5:
Here is where the instructions are a little vague...
The next step is to draw the lines for where you'll cut the flaps and make the folds...
and the tutorial measurements say:
For the 5X5 box bottom:
Measure in "a tad over 1.5 inches"
... well...
So, here is what I chose for my "a tad" measurement.
You can see the pencil mark falls between the 5 (which marks 1.5 inches) and the 6.
My "a tad" is very small.

In the end, your Box Bottom swatch should look like this:
(divided into 9 boxes)

For the 3X3 inch top:
Measure in "a tad under half an inch"
On this ruler, the 5 marks 'half an inch', and I made my pencil mark between the 4 and the 5.

In the end your Box Top swatch should look like this:
(divided into 9 sections)

Step 6:
Next we're going to cut out the tabs!
Yuzuha: I recommend using the Exacto knife for this next bit!

The black dots mark where I cut.
I don't measure, I just sort of roughly cut out some bits...
ONLY cut where the black dots are,
the other pencil lines are for folding along!

Also, pay attention to the fact that the notches you will be cutting out go outward,
and do not cut into the middle box on the top and bottom rows.

In the end you will cut out tabs like this:

Do the same on the box lid (but obviously, the notches will be much smaller!)
Again... I just eye-balled it:

Step 7:
Now I use the ruler to help me fold along the pencil lines!
Fold along all the pencil lines!

Step 8:
Now it's time for GLUE!

The tiny tabs that you created by cutting out the notches on the box top will be glued to the inside, so fold them inward...

And then glue them!

On the box bottom, the tabs aren't quite as tiny, but you still glue them inward,
they will just overlap.

To have a nice box, it is very important to make sure the top edges all line up evenly!

This picture illustrates where I put the glue!

You have some cute, multicolored little storage boxes!
Yuzuha: I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

This was a pretty great, simple, cheap tutorial!
I suggest everyone try it out!


  1. Hello from Spain: great tutorial. I like the storage boxes. Great job. Nice pictures. Keep in touch

  2. That's a really neat idea, especially if you end up with a ton of these after every painting project.

  3. The boxes are cute. I will have to give this a try. Yuzuha is so adorable and I love her necklace :)

  4. Such cheery boxes and so cute too! Thanks for the tutorial Heather. :)