How to Make Chinese Take-Out Boxes

Things You'll Need

  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Chinese take-out box
  • Wire or ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick

Chinese take-out boxes are easy to handle, disposable and have a wide range of uses -- from storing and transporting food items to serving as decorative party favor containers. By making your own boxes, you can choose your favorite color, card stock and design.

Remove the wire handle from the box. Unfold the box until you can lay it flat.

Trace the outline of the box onto the card stock.

Mark the edges where the fold or crease lines are supposed to be so you'll know later when you start folding. Set the box aside.

Cut out the traced outline.

Place the edge of the ruler along a crease line. Fold the paper against the ruler, and press the fold. Repeat for the remaining fold lines.

Fold the box. There will be two overlapping flaps.

Dab a bit of glue from your glue stick onto the back of the inside flap. Press it into the adjoining flap and hold with both hands for 15 seconds to ensure it is secure. Repeat with the other overlapping flap side.

Cut a piece of wire that is the width of the box plus 2 inches.

Bend the wire 1 inch from each end to form 90-degree angles.

Poke a small hole on each side of the box and insert the wire ends into the holes. Bend the wires inside the box up until they are flat against the box sides.


  • Do a tester box before tracing and making several.

    Use ribbon instead of wire if you prefer. Just insert one end into the hole and tie a knot on the inside of the box to secure then repeat on the other side.