Friday, December 11, 2009

Side Box Tutorial

Please refer to the pictures for help with the tutorial. The figure # is posted on each photo.


1 piece 9" x 12" cardstock scored every three inches
2 pieces of 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch cardstock scored at 3/4" on each side.
Optional: Make an additional piece of 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" cardstock scored at 3/4" if you want to add the shelf as seen in figure 2.
2 pieces of 3" x 9" cardstock scored at 1 1/2"
1 piece of cardstock 3" x 6" optional for gift card
2 pieces of cardstock 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
1 piece of designer paper 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" optional for gift card.
1 piece of designer paper 8" x 12"
1 piece of designer paper 4' x 12"
2 pieces of designer paper 3" x3"
2 pieces of chipboard 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
2 pieces of ribbon 20"
4 rivets
red sticky tape or score tape
border punch (optional)

Final Box: This is a picture of the side box finished and loaded with gifts for my hospice patients.
Figure 1: The inside of the box holds many gifts. I enclosed a pair of socks on the optional shelf, nail file, lip balm, lotion, and a fragrance diffuser.
Figure 2:Here are all the materials for the side box.
Figure 3: Take your 9" x 12" piece of cardstock and score it at 3", 6", and 9". I found that it is helpful to prescor since once all the dps are added it becomes very thick.
Figure 4: Place adhesive on both sides of the 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" chipboard. I used my Xyron for this. You can also use the red sticky tape or scor tape. Place the chipboard on the 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" squares and top them with the 3" x 3" pieces of dp. The cardstock helps make the box open and shut nicely. It also makes it sturdy.
Figure 5: At this point I ran the 8" x 12" piece of dp and the 4' x 12" piece of dp through the Xyron. I then attached them to the 9" x 12" piece of cardstock that I scored previously. I used a ruler to line up the 4" x 12" piece of dp so that it was adhered at the 2 1/2" mark. This allows the ribbon to line up when the box is finished. I then scored the entire piece again at 3", 6", and 9" or every 3".
Figure 6: Take the two 3" x 9" pieces of cardstock and score them at 1 1/2".
Figure 7: Using a ruler punch a hole at 2 1/5" and 4 1/2" and add rivets. I used my cropodile to punch the holes at 1/4" away from the score line and to set the rivets.
Figure 8: Take your two pieces of 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" cardstock (3 if you want the shelf) and score them at 3/4" on all four sides.
Fold the 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces of cardstock on the score lines, cut a slit where the lines meet and add either sticky tape or score tape to create a square.
Figure 9: Use a ruler to mark each square in half diagnally. Place sticky tape or score tape around the edges. Cut each square in half along the diagnal.
Figure 10: Take your piece of 9" x 12" cardstock folded on the score lines. It will make a large rectangle. Attach the one piece of the triangle set that you made with the 4 1/2" cardstock to the top. The long side of the diagonal will face outward. The flat side of the triangle will be to the top of the box. The corner will attach to the 3" score line and will adhere to the outside of the box. Take the other triangle from your first set. Attach the corner of the triangle to the 9"score line and bend the box to adhere the two sides as before. Remember the long cut side of the triangle will face outward. If you close the box the one side on the bottom will be a square. Please refer to the pictures. Repeat with the bottom of the box and the 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" triangles.
Figure 11: Using the 3" x 9" cardstock scored at 1 1/2" with the added rivets adhere these pieces to either side of the middle of the box. The rivets will face out. To simlify things. I Xyroned each piece and adhered the inside or the side without the rivets to the inside edge of my box. I then left the riveted side up on each side. I then laced my ribbon through the rivets on each side and adhered the sides down. There is wiggle room and you can still adjust the ribbon once the front sides are down so that each end of the ribbon is the same length and runs smoothly along the side of the box.
Figure 12: Add sticky tape or score tape to one of the triangles on the top of the box and the opposite triangle on the bottom of the box. Center the 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" ends with the chipboard on each end of the box. Now decorate your box any way you like.
Figure 13: This is how the box will look from the inside when it is finished.

This is my first tutorial. I am hoping to make more. I have many more projects in the wings. Please, if you enjoyed this project or like what you see on my blog beome a follower:) If you have any questions please ask.


  1. WOW Lisa! This is really pretty!!

  2. Lisa, love this box and your tutorial is great!!!

  3. Hi Lisa, I saw your FFF post on the TGF website and wanted to get a closer look. It is so cute. I love how you color coordinated the papers and dp. The coloring on the chibi is awesome. Love your work! thanks for the tutorial.

  4. This project is WAY COOL, Lisa!! I love it! Love that you used that cutie Chibi too!

  5. what a fabulous and amazing box with great tutorial.. way to Rock this Lisa.. hugs Bev



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