- a nice sheet of cardboard (I use a medium coverstock from Gane Brothers) or some matte board from your local craft store
- a steel ruler
- a craft knife (please be careful!)
- a pair of scissors
- a pencil
- packing tape
Step 2: Draw a line 2" from each side. This gives the box a height of 2". These lines should make four 2" squares on the corners of the sheet.
Step 3: Cut the 2" squares off all the corners. I use scissors just to make it quicker.
Step 4: Score the pencil lines from step 2 with the knife. This part can be tricky--you want to cut about halfway through the cardboard.
Step 5: Place the sheet cut-side down and carefully fold the sides of the box up.
Step 6: Tape all the corners. I use a 2" packing tape which works well when taping 2" corners. I have found this tape to be a bit slick when it came time to adhere the label, but a little glue stick on those areas (just before attaching the label) seems to do the trick.
And then you're finished! Check to see that your box top fits well on your box bottom. I'm not including instructions for applying the label just yet, but here's a hint: get some 3M Super 77 spray adhesive. It's like magic. Anyway, there you have it--a brand new box. You'll be all the rage at the next playtesting session. Feel free to ask any questions if something isn't clear. Good luck with your boxes!