I needed tiny boxes for a display for Husband’s organizing company. I didn’t want to take two hours out of my day to run to the Container Store, so I thought I would construct a paper box or two myself.

It sounded easy enough to do. I jumped in with scissors and card-stock.

Turns out I was really making prototypes!

### Designing a paper box was hard.

I knew the general concept of six sides, but I never thought about connecting those sides together.

After quite a few attempts I managed to get something that worked pretty well.

It included tabs to glue it together, as well as a tuck flap and dust flaps. (I just learned those words – fun!)

### You can teach math with it!

I didn’t design it like an engineer would. Instead I designed it like a mathematician.

It has squares, non-square rectangles, trapezoids and even an irregular hexagon.

Which makes it ideal for teaching math.

The downloadable worksheet/template includes discussion questions for both before and after assembly.

Share with your students, and don’t forget to let me know how it goes in the comments.

*And a big fat thanks goes to my dad who converted my hand-drawn template to a properly sized image to use on the worksheet. Thanks, Paps!*

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You can also make perfect little cube boxes pretty easily through origami! Which also ties neatly into the Euler birthday post since a cube is one of the platonic solids.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C36h00d7xGs

http://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Book-Modular-Origami-Polyhedra/dp/0486461726/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366116158&sr=8-1&keywords=platonic+solids+origami