Top Tip Tuesday – How to Calculate Metric Measurements for Boxes Part 3. This is the final part of this mini series of posts on how to calculate the measurements and scoring for boxes. The First Post is HERE and last week’s is HERE. I would urge you to take a look at these as they deal with different box styles. I am using Metric measurements this time, just for a change and to show that the method is the same regardless of the unit of measurement you use. This week I am looking at a box for a pot of Embellishments. We have 2 sizes of pots, this box is for the deeper one.
To make a box for this pot, we need to end up with a box that is 7 x 7 x 2.5 cm. The box will be made without any option for opening, other than ripping the box apart, but sometimes that is what we need! This box is 2.5 cm (height) x 7 cm (width) x 7 cm (depth). Lets look at how we calculate the size of card we need, using these Metric measurements.
I am having the closure on either side of the box. To work out the width needed, I will therefore need 2 x height and 2 x width, being:
2.5 + 7 + 2.5 cm = 12 cm
To work out the length needed I will need 2 x height, 2 x depth and 1 cm for the seam. So the maths is:
2.5 + 7 + 2.5 + 7 + 1 cm = 20 cm
Our card needs to be 12 x 20 cm. The scoring follows the same process as the last couple of weeks. Starting with the 20 cm edge is at the top and score 1 cm for the seam, a height, a depth, a height and another depth, being 1, 3.5, 10.5 and 13 cm, again leaving 7 cm for the second depth. With the 12 cm edge at the top, we need to score a height, a width and another height, so 2.5 and 9.5 cm, leaving 2.5 cm for the second height.
Take a look at the video to see this in action and follow the image above for a visual of the dimensions:
I hope the series has helped and that you can see that whether you use Imperial or Metric measurements, the idea is the same. Imperial and Metric measurements are just different units, calculating the size of the box you need, is exactly the same whichever you use.
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