Wood Bits Box

In early 2014, I was part of a group of swappers that choose a Miniature Shop as the theme. We each selected an item to make for the shop and made one for each person in the group.
I made a wood bits box and here is how I made them.

Materials needed:

  • Thicker paper – like presentation paper
  • Foam core board
  • Grandtline window 1 – #3601
  • White paint
  • Wood strips of various thicknesses

Tools needed:

  • Scissors and/or craft knife
  • White glue
  • Sharp edge for folding against
  • Scoring tool – such a ball stylus


  1. Print the cutout on thin card.  I use presentation/brochure paper but a nice thicker paper will be good.
  2. Cut around the cutout about 1/8″ – doesn’t have to be exact. See fig1
  3. Make additional cuts so the extra is like flaps.  I do use a craft knife for this step.
  4. Use a straight edge and a pointed tool – such as the back of the craft knife or a used up ballpoint pen or a really small ball stylus to score the lines – including the flaps.
  5. Fold at every line except the sign portion that sticks up (has the printing on it) – good idea to fold against a straight edge.
  6. There should only be one flap at the connection – so trim away one of them if created two.
  7. Glue this together to the sign portion is to the top and towards the inside of the box.
  8. Glue the bottom in place as well.  See fig2
  9. Cut a piece of foamcore 1/2″ x 1/2″ to fit in the box and glue in the bottom of the box.
  10. Use a 3601 Grandtline window and cut the bottom portion off.  See fig2 If this window is not available, can try others onhand and trim off as needed.
  11. Paint the window to match the box.  It’s ok to not paint the backside, just make sure to paint the sides that can be seen.
  12. Insert window in the top opening and glue in place.
  13. Cut wood strips – either pre-cut widths or cut from a wider width and practically shave a strip off.  To make mine I used a combination of both because I had some pre-cut on hand that was small sized.  These wood strips were all 5/8″ long.  Some strips were more like slivers of wood than a true wood strip.
  14. Place a dot of glue out and dip the end of the wood strip in the glue. Then insert into a section.  Repeat for all strip pieces.  See fig3

If the printie doesn’t come out correctly, then email me at minismallpackages@gmail.com and I will send a pdf file.