3” x 3” Notecard Box

by Laurie Schmidlin

Create this beautiful box to hold your 3" x 3" notecards.


  • Scor-Pal™ (or paper cutter with scoring blade)

  • One 7 1/2" square piece of cardstock (for base of box)

  • One 5 5/8" square piece of cardstock (for box top)

  • One 5 1/8" square piece of patterned paper A

  • One 1 3/4" x 12" strip of patterned paper B

  • One 1 3/4" x 3 1/2" strip of patterned paper B

  • Corner Rounder punch

  • Bone Folder

  • Sticky Strip™

  • Scissors

  • Stamps, Ink, Ribbon (or other embellishments) to decorate box


  1. Step 1

    Score 7 1/2" square cardstock at 2" on all four sides.

  2. Step 2

    Score 5 5/8" square cardstock at 1" on all four sides

  3. Step 3

    Score 5 1/8" piece of patterned paper at 3/4" on all four sides

  4. Step 4

    Prefold all scores with Bone Folder.

  5. Step 5

    Using scissors, make vertical cuts (following the scored line) on all four sides to create a flap in each corner of the 7 1/2" square cardstock piece.

    Repeat this step on the 5 5/8" square piece of cardstock and the 5 1/8" piece of patterned paper

  6. Step 6

    Add Sticky Strip™ to each corner flap on the 7 1/2" square cardstock and fold into a box.

  7. Step 7

    Adhere 1 3/4" x 12" strip of patterned paper around box so that both ends start and end on same side.

    Adhere 1 3/4" x 3 1/2" strip of patterned paper to the side with the gap.

  8. Step 8

    Using scissors, cut each flap of the 5 5/8" cardstock in half at an angle.

    Create a scalloped edge around the 5 5/8" piece of cardstock using the Corner Rounder punch. Click here to find a tutorial on scalloping edges with the corner rounder punch.

  9. Step 9

    Add Sticky Strip™ to each corner flap of the 5 1/2" cardstock and fold to create box lid.

    Adhere the 5 1/8" square piece of patterned paper to the box lid.

  10. Step 10

    Stamp and embellish your box as desired.

  11. Your finished box is perfect to hold a set of coordinating 3 x 3 Mini Note Cards and envelopes!


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for 3” x 3” Notecard Box. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.


I made the box the other night and the cover seems so big for the box....I made a second cover thinking I did something wrong, but it still seems way to big for the bottom...has anyone else had this problem or is the cover supposed to be that loose?

Patti White  |  Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 11:20 AM
Magnifique !!! Très belle boîte, bravo!
nicole  |  Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 12:16 PM
Yes, Patti, I had the same problem when I finished my box a few minutes ago! In addition, if you make the scallops with the new scallop edge punch from SU!, you have to trim the pattern paper about 1/4" so you can see the pink scalloped top. Otherwise, this is a gorgeous little box. Anybody know how many notecards and envelopes it holds?
Valerie Anderson  |  Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 6:36 PM
Wow -- Laurie!! This is fabulous!!! I'm sooo making one of these!!!
Carole (TruCarMa)  |  Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 7:12 AM
Can you help me figure out how to make this lovely box larger for lets say cards that are 41/4 by 51/2??? I tried but I just can't figure it out...thanks Mary Grace
Mary Grace Conklin  |  Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 2:06 PM
does any one know what the dimentions of the papers would need to be for regular sized cards?
travelmt  |  Sun Aug 17, 2008 at 9:25 AM
great idea. Good for gifts.
Kimberly  |  Sun Aug 17, 2008 at 7:54 PM
Beautiful! I've made the box, but the scallop sure adds to it! Very pretty!
Deb Austin  |  Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 4:55 AM
Hi Laurie, Thankyou for you note box card tutorial. Where did you find the "box scorer"?
The color combinations are really sharp and give the box that extra element. Thankyou again. Janet
Janet  |  Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 7:11 AM
what a gorgeous idea! I'll be giving this a go for sure, thanks for sharing smile
greymatters  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 4:11 AM
beautiful box I will use this pattern for my county fair entry I will use to exibit a box of candy,,,,,,,,,
shelba d.  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 4:37 AM
I love this little box...it is absolutely adorable...one question though...where did you find envelopes to fit in the box? The ones in the SU! catty are 3 1/8x3 1/8. Thanks! Great Project!
Shana  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 6:21 AM
This is absolutly gorgeous....that new paper is beautiful.
Lori  |  Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 4:25 PM
I love, love, love this paper and the box.
I'm making it today.
Thanks so much for the wonderful video.
Peg Smith  |  Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 8:45 AM
I just wanted to give you credit for my Card Positioning Sytems project this week and for posting it on my blog! THANKS for a great little tutorial.
Linda Beeson  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 9:29 PM
I love this box! I am so glad that SCS keeps a list of projects! Someone saw the one I made and asked me to make 30 for an event they are having. I had no Idea where I had found the instructions. So very glad that we have the Resources page. Thanks so much for making this tutorial.
Jennifer  |  Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 8:44 AM
I'm having trouble with the dimensions also. The top is way too big and I have now used up all my patience trying to figure it out. Help please. I'm obviously not as coordinated as you are. Do you have the elements needed for the note cards? I just can't do it without complete instructions. I only want to make one set.
nancme  |  Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 8:29 AM
What an awesome tutorial, you can do so much with these boxes. I appreciate you sharing this tutorial with us, what awesome gifts these will make.
Sammie  |  Sat Oct 4, 2008 at 3:23 PM
that is a fantastic box thanks for sharing!
Cristena Bagne  |  Thu Oct 9, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Just had to let you know I've used this pattern in a couple of my classes and it's always a big hit! It's so easy and so cute!

Thanks for sharing.

Genice M  |  Fri Feb 6, 2009 at 6:05 PM

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