When you fold the cut sections inwards, they form a lid that prevents the contents from spilling out. The paper plate turned into a box is so practical — food or sweets won’t slip off the plate, keeping everything mess-free. Both clever crafts make the perfect practical holders for whatever you decide to put inside.
You will need:
- Paper cup
- Paper plate
- Washi tape
- Double-sided tape
- Scissors or craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Pencil and ruler
Step-by-step guide: the paper cup
- Cut off the brim of the cup.
- Use the ruler to measure 2.5 to 3 cm from the brim on the inside of the cup, and mark in pencil. The deeper the mark, the smaller the final container.
- Press the sides of the cup together gently and make an incision on the fold, up to the marks on the inside of the cup.
- Turn the cup 90° and repeat
- Press the sides together again, so that the four incisions are opposite each other. Make more incisions up to the marks on the inside of the cup, then press the sides together again, and cut as in the previous steps.
- Fold the cut parts towards the inside so that each segment lies on the preceding one.
Step-by-step guide: the paper plate box
- Some paper plates have very stiff outside edges. If this bothers you, you can trim the plate.
- Turn the plate over, wrong side up. Divide it into nine equal blocks as if it were a square.
- Cut the plate along the lines as illustrated.
- Turn the plate over and paste double-sided tape along the edges of the cut sections.
- Remove the film from the tape, fold the cut sections towards the inside of the plate, and attach firmly. When the four sides have been stuck, it should form a box.
- Attach washi tape along the bottom edge of the box — this decorates, but also strengthens the box.
- Place a serviette in the box so that it’s ready to be filled with snacks.