Soap is pretty indestructible, but even the hardest soap can get damaged during transport. Since my soaps are definitely not the hardest on the market, I’m always looking for new ways to protect them. After looking into pre-made soap boxes, I realized that the cost of boxes was a little high for my finances.
Being the self-sufficient crafter I am, I’ve decided to make my own and rather than buying new card stock, I realized that I could re-use card stock from packaging! DIY + sustainability = yippee! In a fabulous excuse to get in touch with all of the people I never have time to see anymore, I sent out requests for old cereal, microwave popcorn, or granola bar boxes. Dozens of boxes later, I finally got a chance to make my beautiful soap box! Below you’ll find directions on how to make your own.
- Cereal Box
- Black Marker
Step 1: Prepare the Box and Gather Supplies
You will need to flatten the box and open the glued portions so that it is a single layer. You’ll also want to gather scissors, glue, and a black marker.
Step 2: Outline the Soap
Working vertically, outline around the long, skinny length of your soap bar (in my case 4″ x 1″). Do this twice; this will become the flap that closes your box. Then set the bar down on its biggest side and outline it. Do another skinny end, then another big side. Finally, you will want to create side flaps, approximately 1″ around the outside of your initial outline.
Make sure you are working on the side of the box that has the design. You want the outside of the new box to be the inside of the old box.
Step 3: Cut the Box
Once you’ve outlined the box, you can cut along the outside lines. Then, you can begin cutting out some of the flaps. Check twice; cut once. Don’t cut until you are sure that you are cutting the correct section of the box.
Step 4: Score the Cardstock
Now that you’ve cut all the sections of the box that you need to, use your scissors to score the fold-lines. Start out scoring lightly; you just want to be able to fold along these lines.
Step 5: Fold the Box
Fold the boxes along the scored fold-lines. Make sure you fold towards the side with the design (what used to be the outside of the old cereal box).
Step 6: Glue the Box
Now that you’ve folded the box and feel comfortable with the shape you’ve made, glue each side. Depending on the glue you are using, you may need to use either a paperclip or binder clip to hold the parts together while they dry. I usually find that the Elmer’s glue I use dries quickly enough that I can just hold it for a few minutes.
Step 7: Put the Soap Inside and Enjoy!