Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A treasure box tutorial

     It's tutorial time at The Kraft Journal and this go around I'm going to show you how to create a cute little gift  box.  I'll give you a link to where I got this idea at the end of the tute.
     This first picture shows you the pattern you need to make the box.  You'll need to cut two (2) of these.  The dotted lines need to be scored and the solid lines need to be cut.  I used Brown Kraft Cover Weight cardstock from Kraft Outlet.
     Here's what each piece should like like after the scoring and cutting.
     Flip your pattern up side down and place a mark at the 1 1/2" point on each of the 2" x 3" panels.
      You'll want to score all four panels from that center point to the scored edge as seen in the photo below.
     Before scoring these panels, use a decorative corner punch on the outer edges.  I also used my Crop-a-dile to punch holes on either side of the scored point.  Ribbon will be threaded through these later.
     We're now ready to attach the two pattern pieces together.  They need to be facing the same direction with the small attachment flap on the right.  Butt the straight edge of one panel up against the scored edge of the flap and use strong adhesive to attach the two together.
     This is what the two attached panels should look like once they've been connected and had designer paper and mats added.  This is the inside of the card.  Make sure you DO NOT glue down the last panel on the left completely.  You will need to tuck the other connecting flap under the matting before it gets glued down.  I've also added the mats and DP to the front side of the box at this point.
     Time to start folding the box up.  The bottom square on the left in the photo above will be the bottom of your box.  The triangle next to it will be glued on top of that panel.  The next square panel will be the bottom inside of your box.  Place strong adhesive on it and fold it up out of the way.  For the last triangle section place strong adhesive along ALL the edges so that the bottom square will be fully attached.  Once you have all these glued together you can remove the adhesive covering from your last small flap on the side, adhere it and add some adhesive to the other half of the decorative mat.  Taking your time to line the edges up will go a long way to making your box an even square.
     You can add a decorative bottom to your box also.  I cut a square measuring just under 3 3/4", used the corner punch on it also and trimmed in between the punches as shown on the bottom where the X-acto knife is.
 Here's what the box looks like opened up with some 7 Gypsies Savannah seam binding seam binding threaded through the flaps.
     And here's what it looks like closed up.  I added a little Scalloped Grungy Prim Tag with the word love stamped on it and a Spellbinder Fleur De Lis medallion I cut in half.
    Hope you liked the project.  You can definitely resize this up to about a 4" x 4" box if you used 12" x 12" paper.  I almost hate to give you the link for where I got this idea from because her project is just gorgeous and a lot more elaborate than mine.  :-)  I can always count on her for lots of inspiration--Marianne's  Papirverden.  She doesn't give any directions so this is strictly my trial and error instructions.
     I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:

The Cutie Pie Challenge--anything but a card
Fairy Fun Fridays--anything but a card

    Hope to see you for the challenge this week!
    Be blessed!

Other Supplies

Papers;  K & Company Classic K Bailey, Recollections
Stamp:  Papertrey Ink "Mixed Messages"
Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia
Tools:  Martha Stewart Vintage Floral Corner punch, Crop-a-dile, Shapeabilities Fleur De Lis pendants (S4-204)


  1. Oh, wowzers!! What a STUNNING box, Tracy! I am in love! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  2. What a fabulous tutorial!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Oh Tracy, this is soooo wonderfully beautiful! Perfect for my planned project for a special friend. Thank you sooo much for the tutorial - you're so awesome! wendy xx

  4. This is a gorgeous box and I think I am gonna try to make it!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Tracy this box is trully gorgeous,love it!
    And great tutorial!
    Hugs Heidy

  6. Tracy this is so heavenly and such a fab tutorial thank you for sharing its just so beautiful! Chanelle xxx

  7. Wow! What a beautiful box! Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. This box is fabulous. I LOVE it!! Thanks for tutorial...

    Hugs, Linda

  9. Seriously! Own trial and error. PFFTPT>...I'd a given up before I began! Way to go! This is spectacular! Truly amazing! thanks for playing along with us at FFF this week .

  10. Tracy!! You are brilliant my friend! This is one super duper box and your tutorial fantastic! Lovely results, hugs, Ira x

  11. oh wow, this is stunning, thanks for the tutorial, will maybe give this a go at the weekend, thank you for sharing with the cutie pies xx

  12. Wow - your little treasure box is gorgeous. Thank you for the tutorial!

  13. Wow what a gorgeous gift box!! Lovely papers! Thank you so much for the tutorial. hugs, Marlies

  14. Tracy what a box! Love the look of this and the patterned papers and corner punches...LOVE IT! Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial!


  15. THANK YOU for this great tutorial!!! This box is a stunner!
    I´ll try one myself for sure.
    Have a nice weekend!

  16. This is so beautiful! Thank you so much for the great tutorial! :o)

  17. This box is amazing, Tracy!! Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial with us!!

  18. Oh my goodness... I just saw the tutorial for this on a blog site somewhere... This is beautiful! Your did a fabulous job.

  19. Beautiful box, Tracy! I may have to make some, but I did not see them in time for valentine's day. Just not enough blog time available this week. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Fabulous project! Your picture tutorial was awesome too!
    Kindest regards,

  21. Beautiful job on your box & the tutorial, Tracy! Love it! And love it in the Kraft paper.
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Simply stunning and a beautiful gift box. Great tutorial, very easy to follow,
    H xx

  23. I am just scrolling through your blog admiring your work. There is soooo much to admire!
    I love your colourwork; it's fabulous. I particularly love your colouring of the Day for Daisies images. It's sublime. And your cards have a crispness in their design that really appeals to me. I'm sorry I can't comment on everything but this cute little box stopped in my tracks and I couldn't not comment! Hugs, Lesley

  24. This box is so gorgeous, I am glad you made the tutorial it is very detailed. I need detail to be able to make this box so I appreciate your efforts. Thank you.

  25. What an amazing box! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  26. What an amazing box! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  27. Thank-You so much Tracy for such a great tutorial. It looks so beautiful too. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxx

  28. Hi Tracy! I wanted to come over and thank you for the fabulous tutorial. I was so inspired by your cute little boxes, I decided to make some in a Christmas theme to gift to my daughter's teachers. I linked your tutorial on my blog and sure hope you stop by and check them out. Thanks again for all the inspiration!


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