Prepare for prototyping!
Lay out all of your materials, plug in your hot glue gun, and sharpen your pencils!
Sketch your idea
Choose an item to make a box for. We chose a stack of Post-It notes because it was nice and square. After looking at your item, do a quick sketch on of what you want your box to look like.
Trace your object on the cardboard
Place the object onto your cardboard and trace its footprint. Add a little bit of space around each side to make sure the object will fit inside after you fold up the sides (Step 4).
Draw walls for each side of the box based on your sketch. Then, cut out the whole thing!
Build your box
Fold up the sides and that’s it! Your box prototype is complete!
Fit your items
Put your item into your prototype. How does it fit? Too loose or too tight? If it’s not quite right, add or subtract space around the traced foot print in Step 3 and repeat the process until your object fits! Once you have the right fit, you can take the cardboard dimensions and use them to design your final box using different materials. Or hot glue the sides of your cardboard box and use it as is.
Once you’ve constructed a basic box that fits Spider-Man’s needs, enhance the box with a lid, a latch, a handle — whatever your imagination chooses. Be sure to decorate it, too.
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