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How To Create Your Own Custom Box

Written By: Leslie Taylor | Article Date: August 08, 2020

The consumer landscape is always evolving. The impact of current events, market trends, and new technology have many businesses struggling not just to adapt, but also to stand out and stay relevant. It’s not easy. The competition is high, shoppers are discerning, and the entire buying experience is just as crucial. Even if you have managed to bring in new customers, how do you maintain satisfaction and loyalty?

That first impression counts. Make it a good one with custom box packaging. Aside from your product, the packaging is the only promotional tool that reaches all your customers. It may well be one of their first offline encounters with your brand.

There’s been significant growth in e-commerce in recent years. A study from Statista shares that e-commerce sales are expected to reach $4.2 trillion by the end of the year, and is anticipated to keep on growing. Your custom box should set the tone and show off who you are as a brand. A unique and memorable unboxing experience encourages customers to keep buying, share positive reviews, and recommend your brand to others.

Dotcom Distribution, an e-commerce logistics provider, shared that branded or gift-like packaging had the most significant, positive impact on shoppers aged 18 to 29 years. Their 2020 consumer study on more than 1,500 U.S. online shoppers showed that 52% think that custom boxes make a brand seem more upscale and 30% of them are more likely to make a repeat purchase.

reach your customers with custom packaging

How to Design Your Own Custom Boxes

Give your customers more reasons to stay loyal. Creating your packaging from scratch may seem daunting, but NextDayFlyers makes it easy to design and print custom boxes online. Our easy-to-use online design tool lets you customize any type of box you need in a variety of sizes, materials, and finishes in just a few minutes.

You get to customize a box for your brand that fits your product perfectly.


Custom Box Style

The first thing to ask yourself is: what kind of custom box are you looking for? We have three (3) types of custom boxes you can choose from depending on your requirement.

  • Product boxes are used to package merchandise, gifts, and in-store displays.
  • Mailer boxes are perfect for customizing subscription or e-commerce deliveries to your customers.
  • Shipping boxes suit large-capacity orders and deliveries that need extra protection during transit.
How to Design Your Custom Box


Box Specifications

After selecting the type of box, you can begin customizing the dimensions and materials. The product page order calculator lets you specifically customize the length, width, and depth of your custom box. Set the specifications of your custom printed box to include all the necessary information and aspects of your design.

  • Cardstock provides a smoother surface and high-quality printing, perfect for product boxes. Its premium appearance makes it perfect for store display. Choose from 14 pt., 18 pt., and 24 pt. cardstock.
  • Corrugated cardboard is ideal for heavier products or items that will be sent in the mail. Corrugated boxes are easy to recycle and store away for future use. Choose from white, premium white, and kraft brown corrugated cardboard that is strong enough to withstand multiple handling and deliveries.

    Our sturdy material options are designed for form and function. For product boxes, you can add finishing options like matte, gloss, and high-gloss UV coating to elevate your designs. This is typically applied during the last part of the printing process.

Select your Own Specs



The Design Canvas on the left shows how your box would look when laid flat. This is where you add the elements of your design. It reflects the box dimensions selected, including the dielines for both the outer and inner sides of the box. You can hover over each box section and click to start designing.

After selecting your specs on the online calculator, you can start designing your custom box online. You can view a 3D simulation of your design with dielines to indicate where your box will be cut and creased.

This makes it easy to select and design every flap and all sides of the box. With our box design tool, it’s easy to upload images, add text, background colors, shapes and lines, and modify the custom box specs.

Save your design, confirm your order, and our pre-press team will check to make sure it’s ready for printing.

Now that you know the basics of creating custom boxes, there’s no need to put off creating packaging that perfectly defines you as a brand. Start creating a custom box on NextDayFlyers. Whatever your requirements are, we can work with you to create the perfect packaging for your business.

Design Your Box


A: Yes, we can provide custom quotes for special requests and other printing options that you don’t see on the website. Simply request for a custom quote, and one of our box specialists will get back to you in one (1) business day.
A: Yes, you can order a sample box and we can print it based on your requirements. Just select 1 Sample under the Quantity option in the order calculator. Note that a sample box takes three (3) to four (4) business days to produce.
A: Yes, we also send a free PDF proof file before confirming your order for production. This file shows how your box would look as a finished product. We recommend that you select free digital proofing to ensure your custom boxes will print according to your specifications.
A: Confirm your order and we can send you a PDF dieline for your specific box dimensions. This file shows you the position of each panel including the areas where your boxes will be cut and creased. To request for a template, click Order Now & Receive a Dieline Template in the order calculator.
A: Our prepress team reviews every submitted design based on rigorous printing guidelines. If we find any technical concerns, a representative will contact you to work on a solution.
A: Yes, you can print on all sides and folds of your custom box. This includes product boxes, mailer boxes, and shipping boxes. Our 3D box tool makes it easy to select each box section and start designing.

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