Here's a pile of the ones I've been working on:
WARNING: If you have not done my early tutorials, you will likely not be ready for this one. This one builds on a lot of what we've already learned. Remember--milk before meat! You can't do projects like this one until you've learned the basics! So if you haven't--go spend some time on the early tutorials, and then come back!
Now, there are A LOT of patterns for paper boxes out there. Most of them are made to print, but I like to take them into Photoshop and make them a little easier to work with digitally. In this post I will attach the Photoshop file I used to create the box in the tutorial, and I'll have a download of the completed box. Although I got the original box pattern online (so long ago I don't remember where) it's been altered quite a bit from it's original form to make it easier to use Photoshop.
Step Two: Now that you have your kit, choose the paper you'd like to be the main background of your box, and pull it in to your document. You want the layer of this paper to be BETWEEN the dotted lines layer and the pattern layer.
Now click on the paper layer. You should still see the dancing ants, even though you are highlighting a different layer in the layer toolbox. Do CTRL+C to copy. Then do CTRL+V to paste.
Now you have a new layer, which is the same shape as your pattern but in the paper you wanted. Delete the paper you orginally pulled in. Make sure the dotted lines layer is still on top.
For this tutorial, I decided to create a box with another color on the bottom and a ribbon. So, I pulled up another page, then used my marquee tool to select a rectangle roughly the size that I need. Then I clicked on the arrow tool and dragged it into my document.
Then I dragged in a ribbon and made it roughly the size I wanted using CTRL+T. I linked them together and then pressed CTRL+E to make them one layer. This will make it easier for me to paste it on the other three sides, and make sure that they all line up.
Step Four: Once you've got it how you want it, you are ready to print! I print this in a laser printer, but it will work fine on an ink jet. I also do it on white cardstock. You can print on regular paper, it just won't be very strong.
Step Five: After you have it printed, cut it out very carefully with sharp scissors. It's pretty important that you follow the outlines as exactly as you can--but I'm sure you know that.
Step Six: Now, you are ready to fold. The dotted lines should be visible--I hope you kept them as the TOP layer on your photoshop file! Make sure you fold right where the line is, and fold it evenly. This is a huge factor in whether your box will turn out "rickety" or not. Some of my boxes turn out better than others based on how I fold and tape it.
Step Seven: After folding it, it should be pretty obvious where it all connects. I just use scotch tape to tape the sides together.