I get many requests for printed die cut boxes in small quantities especially for soap and candles.
There are 2 ways to make these.
1. Litho print, die cut, auto glued
2. Digital print, cut on a plotter, hand glued.
For litho printed boxes there is a cost for printing plates up to $500 and the die forme which can be between $250-$500. This means that you could be up for $500 to $1000 in set up. Put this across 50 or 100 boxes and your cost per box is already at $10 per box and you haven’t made a box yet!
You wouldn’t think about litho printed boxes below a quantity of 500 and more likely 1000, 2000+ unless cost is no obstacle.
Digital print is an option. Digital print has some limitations like all print in CYMK (4 colour) so no bold spot colours and no metallics. As they are cut on a plotter there is no tooling charge. The down side is the unit rates are generally higher. Quite frankly none I have quoted have ever gone to order.
I now recommend calling Stephen at The Packaging Place as he specialises in this type of work and freight all over the country is very reasonable. You can phone Stephen on 1300 882 919 or visit his site at https://www.packagingplace.com.au
Digital is more cost effective between 100-500 quantities.
If you are looking for specialty printing including spot colours, pattern varnish, metallic inks or foiling then Litho is your print method and with that the higher quantities to make your project cost effective.
One alternative is to use plain boxes and either order printed labels or make your own by purchasing label stock from Officeworks https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/avery-crystal-clear-round-labels-transparent-120-pack-av980022 and making up a funky label through your office/home printer.
So hopefully armed with some more information we can avoid disappointment by helping you to set your expectations.