While I am waiting for the planets to align to give me a spare moment to show you how to make those boxes with lids, I thought I'd share another concept. This is not a legitimate "make a box" post, but it is my favorite reduce-reuse-recycle tip for mailing packages: Turn a printed box inside-out.
I don't remember where I picked up this idea, but I use it all the time. Cereal boxes are perfect for this, especially the big ones you get from Costco or Sam's Club - just open up the glued seams, lay the box flat, and refold it so the pictures are on the inside. A
little lot of tape and presto! A beautiful plain box, all ready for an address. If it's too tall, while it's still flat you can just cut off the top flaps, use them for a template to make new flaps where you want them.
If anyone needs to see this idea step by step, let me know.