How to cover a Box with Paper

I enjoy seeing old things come back to life, and this easy DIY project shows how just a little effort can make a big difference. Here's a simple DIY guide for covering cardboard boxes with paper. I managed to find some newer boxes at thrift stores, but you can definitely use older patterned ones too.

These boxes are great for organizing small items or jewelry, and they could also work well as wrapping for a homemade Christmas gift - or even as a thoughtful gift on their own. I would personally appreciate such a personalized touch ♥

What paper to use for covering a box?

When it comes to giving a new look to your boxes, the type of paper you choose can make all the difference.

  • Italian paper
  • Leftover wallpaper or vintage wallpaper
  • Thick wrapping paper

As you embark on your paper-covered box project, keep in mind that the thickness of the paper plays a role in how you handle the adhesive. When working with thicker paper like wallpaper, it's important to ensure that the glue is generously applied and evenly distributed.

how to cover a box with paper

What kind of boxes are good for covering with paper?

Shoe boxes are often made of sturdy cardboard and are great candidates for paper covering. They can be transformed into storage solutions, gift boxes, or decorative organizers.

Regular cardboard boxes of different sizes can be given new life with paper covering. These could be shipping boxes, storage boxes, or any other cardboard containers.

Chocolate boxes are great for DIY projects. I’m not sure if that’s reason enough to go buy yourself some chocolate, but they are really great for DIY projects as they are often pretty sturdy.

Here's a step-by-step guide to covering your old boxes with paper. Happy crafting ♥


  • Old or new boxes
  • Paper (see recommendations above)
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • A (long) ruler

how to cover a box with paper: materials

How to cover a box with paper: Step-by-step Guide

1. Position the box over the paper and trace its shape using a pencil. Use the ruler to ensure all sides are even.

how to cover a box with paper: step 1

how to cover a box with paper: step 1

2. Draw small “flaps” at the end of the side panels, mirroring the illustration below. You’ll fold these into the box to get a beautiful finish.

how to cover a box with paper: step 2

3. Now, time for the glue. We'll start with the box's base. I always apply glue to both the paper and the box to avoid air bubbles under the paper. When adding your glue, start from the center and progress outward to prevent creases and air bubbles.

how to cover a box with paper: step 3

how to cover a box with paper: step 3

4. Repeat this for each of the side panels and make sure to fold the “flaps” inside the box.

how to cover a box with paper: step 4

5. Repeat step 1-5 to make the lid for the box

how to cover a box with paper: step 5

As you wrap up your journey into the world of paper-covered boxes, here are a few tips for how to use them. I really like using my boxes for storing small accessories and craft supplies. And even as functional storage, they look great as decorative accents on shelves, tables, or bookcases.

During the season of giving, these boxes can also transform into personalized gift packages, adding thoughtfulness to your presents ♥

how to cover a box with paper

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Hi, I'm Lisbeth, residing just outside Aarhus, Denmark. I'm a creative soul with a passion for decor and an affinity for vibrant colors in interior design.

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