How to Build a Shoe Box

by Wanda Brito ; Updated September 28, 2017

Build a Shoe Box

Keeping the items you wear in order is essential to being organized and well groomed. There are various ways you may choose to organize your shoes, such as shoe racks. One way to maintain your shoes in order while protecting them from dust and other types of damage is by storing them in shoe boxes. You may wish to trade the boxes your shoes come in for something made of a sturdier material. You may also, for some reason, have shoes that came with a damaged box or no box at all. If you would like to make your own shoebox, we offer easy-to-follow instructions.

Gather all your materials. Cover your work surface with newspapers and the laminated placemat.

You'll start with the bottom of the box. Cut that piece into a 12 1/2-by-7 inches shape. Cut two pieces of 12 1/2-by-4 1/2 inches for the long sides and two pieces of 7- by-4 1/2 inches for the short sides. (The tool you use to cut will depend on the material you've chosen).

Begin by attaching the edge of one of the long side pieces to the edge of one of the long sides of the bottom piece. Use a thick book or a box to keep the side at a right angle from the bottom while it dries. Let it dry for at least an hour.

Repeat Step 3 until all the sides have been attached.

For the shoebox cover, you will also need to cut a 12 3/4-by-7 1/4 inch piece of material for the top and two 1-inch wide strips by 12 3/4 inches long and two 1-inch wide strips by 7 1/4 inches long.

Repeat Step 3 for all the sides of the shoebox cover. Once the shoebox is completely dry, you can decorate it as you please.


  • If you are making your box out of cardboard, you can use duct tape for reinforcement once a side has been attached with glue and the glue has dried.

    If you choose to make the box out of wood, use wood glue instead of household glue and tacks to reinforce it rather than duct tape.

    If you make the box out of acrylic you will need to use acrylic cement to perform a specific process called solvent welding (see Resources). You can use stickers if you wish to decorate an acrylic box, as well.

    Cardboard boxes can be covered with paper, fabric or adhesive-backed paper for a decorative touch. Wood boxes can be stained, painted or covered in fabric.

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Wanda Brito was born to write. She has written professionally since 1998 - developing surveys, presentations and marketing research reports — and has been writing and proofreading freelance since 2007. Her work has been featured on She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish literature from Colgate University and a Master of Science in administration from Metropolitan College of New York.