How to make a hat box

How to make a hat box

A hatbox was original, what it sounds like a box to store a hat in. Today, a hatbox has been revived as a basic storage item, and making our own will add new meaning to the phrase “making space”.

We will be making ours from poster board purchased in any craft or art supply store or commonly found in any store’s school supply aisle. Each layer of the poster board is doubled for strength. Once it is covered over in fabric and Modge Podge the box can even be wiped clean!

Materials for the Basic Box

  • One sheet poster board
  • Glue
  • Compass
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Modge Podge
  • Enough fabric or fabric scraps to cover the box
  • Assorted buttons, trims, etc. to decorate box if desired

Box Bottom and Top

With the compass trace two seven inch circles, two 7 ¼ circles, two strips 30 long by 4 high, and two strips 30 long by 1 ½ wide; also cut a third and fourth strip each 30 long by 1 ½ long, and then cut each into approximately eight evenly sized pieces.

First, take the two seven-inch circles and glue them together. Set aside. Do the same with the remaining two circles, the two 30 long by 1 ½ wide strips, and the two 30 long by 1 ½ strip. Let dry.

Using one of the strips that have been cut into pieces, fold each piece in half vertically; then place pieces completely around the seven-inch circle, gluing in place as you go. One side of each is folded to the bottom of the circle. When complete you will have created a border and the bottom of the box. Let dry.

Taking the 30  long by 4 high strip, fit it into the base, overlapping the ends just until you have created a snug fit. Staple the strip ends together and glue into the bottom of the box. Set aside.

Repeat steps that you used for the bottom of the box, now using the 7 ¼ circles, the 30 long by 1 ½ wide strip, and the remaining 30 long by 1 ½long piece that has been cut into smaller pieces. To create the box top set aside all pieces until dry.

To give your box a finish that not only looks good but also can be wiped clean, apply Modge Podge and fabric as you go, covering the entire box and top, inside and outside, working in small sections at a time. Once the first layer is dry, apply several more coats to build up a washable surface.

If you desire, add buttons, lace, or trim to personalize the box for yourself or as a gift. Other options for finishing the box include using newsprint or other decorative papers in place of the fabric. If you will be stacking the boxes for storage, forego any decorative items such as buttons on the tops. The nice thing about these boxes is that while original hatboxes were intended to be hid away in a closet, these beg to be displayed, and everyone knows that storage that is accessible is storage that is used.

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