Flip Top Box
by Susan Culotti
Create a box with a flip top like a Crayola Box.
- One 4 1/2" x 10 3/8" piece of cardstock
- One 4 1/2" x 2" piece of cardstock
- Patterned paper (optional)
- Scoring tool
- Sticky strip or other strong adhesive
Score down the length of the 10 3/8" cardstock strip, 7/8" in from each edge.
Rotate cardstock strip one-quarter turn and score at 1/2", 1 1/2", 2 3/8". 2 7/8", 6 1/8", 7”, and 9 7/8.
Note that the scores at the 2 7/8" mark and the 9 7/8" mark run only between the previously scored lines, and not across the entire strip.
Cuts are made along lines indicated in red in the photo. To get the angled cuts, mark 1/2" below score lines at 1/2" and 2 7/8", then draw a line from the mark up to the score line. The cuts at the far right (which will become the box front) are from the corner to the 9 7/8" score line.
Trim away areas shaded in red and discard. Fold along all scored lines. All folds are to the inside except the score at 2 7/8", which goes to the outside – this is the “hinge” of the box lid.
Add patterned papers or stamping to the outside of the box, if desired. Cut the patterned paper 1/8" smaller than the area they are intended for.
Add small pieces of sticky strip to the tabs, as shown above.
Flip entire project over and put sticky strip on the areas shown above, which are the outside edges of the box and lid, and a small “lip” that reinforces the edges, as well.
Remove liner from sticky strip on tabs, fold them to the inside and stick them down to form the top and bottom on one side of the box. Repeat for the other side.
Also remove liner from sticky strip on each end of strip and fold to inside to form reinforcement.
Remove liner from flap and press to outside of lid. Repeat for other side. Also remove liner from box sides and press them into place.
Line up bottom edges first, then continue up remainder of box side.
Score 4 1/2" x 2" piece of cardstock down each short side, 7/8" from each edge. Using a punch or scissors, make a curved cutout in center of 4 1/2" edge. Round any sharp points with scissors, if needed.
Put sticky strip on each flap and on the front of this piece, 5/8" down from top edge. Remove liner from strips, fold flaps to back and tuck entire unit into box until the top edge of the flaps is in line with the hinge of the box as shown above right. Unfold flaps and stick to inside of box sides and front. This piece is what holds the box shut.
Your box is now finished.
Embellish as desired.