It's actually going back since I've been doing origami, the Japanese art of paper folding where I make little paper boxes and other containers. Found cardboard were too big for the small things I had. I've been collecting and saving any packages that looks interesting and looks simple enough to replicate at home. I don't normally keep the soiled packages but instead remake its template design onto my sheets of card stock.
Here's a recent package I found and a bit of my process of replicating it:
|An interesting food package unfolded. Measurement were marked down in Imperial Inches with a black Sharpie marker.|
|The package is from a restaurant called Dirty Bird. I didn't buy the packaging with the fried chicken, just found it in a trash bin (should've been thrown into the recycling being cardboard)|
|After printing out the template onto card stock, I cut away the excess with a metal ruler and utility knife. I folded the lined guides and glued its flap to fully assembled the mini-box here.|
|This version is about half the original size of the greased cardboard packaging.|
|Here's a small fries paper dish template. One all assembled and an unused cut template.|
|Here's a template of a McDonald's fries cup (or was it Wendy's?). One assembled, one unused but slightly creased. To help make neater folds, I made some paper scores for straight lines and dotted cut lines for the curves.|