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Pleated Apple or Pumpkin Box Tutorial

apple box from cardstock
Last week I made this in red as an apple box. In orange, it makes a pumpkin box. You may remember the similar six sided acorn box, from last year.

How to construct a pleated, eight sided round box with a lid

Make it!

Apple Box

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Download cutting files (DXF, Silhouette Studio, PDF). Cut on black lines, score on red and green lines.
The base and lid are constructed the same way.
apple box template
Crease all score lines. Mountain fold green lines, valley fold red lines.
apple box folds
apple box crease pattern
Working from the inside of the box, fold all creases in the direction that the top tabs are pointing. (To the right).
apple box creases
Flip down one tabbed top section (shown in the photo below), then fold it down again. Hold this in place.
apple box folds
Fold down the next tab section to the right--twice--on top of it. Glue this section down, securing the tab from the section that was to its left. Paperclip or clothes pin in place.
apple box folds
Continue around the rim of the box until you get to the first tab. Slightly lift that first section, stick some glue under there and slide the last tab into the glue.

apple box folds
apple box base
Glue the stem pieces back to back. Do not glue the bottom tabs. Slide the stem tabs into the slot on the lid, spread apart, and glue to the inside of the lid.
apple box base and lid
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