by Wendy Weixler

Create a darling gift box out of one sheet of cardstock.


  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Hobby knife
  • Ruler
  • Temporary adhesive
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • One 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock
  • Big Shot, or other die cutting machine
  • Embossing folder, Stampin' Up!'s Vintage Wallpaper Impression folder used here
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Additional cardstock and embellishments, to decorate your box


  1. Step 1

    Print out template.

    All in One Box Template

  2. Using a temporary adhesive, adhere template to cardstock and cut with hobby knife and ruler.

    If you are using double-sided patterned paper, place the paper face up on the table with the side you would like to be the bottom of the box facing you. The face-down side will make the top of the box.

  3. Step 2

    Score along the dotted lines.

  4. Step 3

    Remove the template from cardstock. Use a bone folder to burnish the score lines – fold all blue dotted lines as mountain folds and all red dotted lines as valley folds.

  5. Step 4 (Optional)

    Emboss the bottom half of the box by running it through the die cutting machine twice (once from each end to cover the length of the entire piece of cardstock). Line the embossing folder up so that the edge of the folder comes to the top edge of the lower half of the box.

  6. Step 5

    Place adhesive on the tab on the bottom half of the box. Adhere to underside of opposite edge of box, as pictured.

  7. Step 6

    On the bottom of the box there are four flaps – alternating tall and short ones. Place adhesive on the underside of the triangular portion of the tabs on the taller flaps. Line up the score lines on the tall tab with corresponding score lines on the short tab immediately to its right. This creates two bottom flaps.

  8. Step 7

    Tuck the flaps over and under one another to close the box.

  9. Step 8

    Place adhesive on the top side of the flap on the top of the box. Adhere to underside of opposite edge of box top.

  10. Step 9

    The all-in-one box is now assembled.

  11. Step 10

    Embellish as desired.


Your Turn

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

Questions and Comments

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

How do people think up this stuff? What an awesome project! Thank you for doing the thinking for us!
Paula  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 2:38 PM
I wnt to try to make this box, but I had a hard time seing the folding part.

I would like to have you redo the video so that the camera stays focused on her hands when she is folding the box together. Her hands were out of range of the camera in many of the folding situations for the top and bottom so you really couldn't see what she was doing!
Bettina Bergh  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 2:46 PM
what an awesome box! It's like magic when you open it smile can't wait to try it out!!! TFS
Karli  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 3:23 PM
Bettina - I felt the same way about the video. But those fold issues become much clearer on the step-by-step tutorial. Give it a try - it is super simple and the results are worth it!
Bernadet Rodakowski  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 6:10 PM
Dear Bernadet,

Thank you for the encouragement!

I printed out the template and it seems pretty logical! I have been making pop-ups for years, so I understand about hill and valley folds very well. I'll try it soon!


Bettina Bergh  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM
My daughter helped me with the video and she zoomed in and out a little too much (not sure why the color and focus degraded so much this time when I uploaded to youtube). I am going to reshoot this tomorrow so that it is easier to see ...
Wendy Weixler  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 10:18 PM
Hi Wendy, I could not print the template either, could you please e-mail it to me also.
[email protected]

Teal Besing  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 5:04 AM
I just love theses boxes. So creative and simple. Thank you for the template I am on my way to making a few right now.
Cindy  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 5:22 AM
I was also wondering about the embossing part. Whenever I try multiply steps in embossing...I always get marks. How are you getting all your paper through your cuttlebug? are you folding it over the top of your embossing folder then running it through? I'd love to know the trick...
Thank you for the tut.. Visual is the best!
Angel  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 5:41 AM
For those who have trouble opening the template: Try downloading the newest version of the Adobe Reader. That might do the trick.
beate  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 5:49 AM
Wendy: you always make the prettiest projects! I wil have to try this one! You make it look so easy!
maureen vollaro  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 7:46 AM
You are very kind to respond to my original e-mail by doing another video, Wendy! I look forward to seeing it- and thank you for doing it!

I am one of the people who do every paper cut, when I make pop-up greeting cards, with just a knife and scissors. For those on tight budgets, one can do these projects with just a few simple tools... and get great results!
Bettina Bergh  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 11:31 AM
I finally got an HD quality video completed and uploaded, so we relinked the new one. Hope this helps!! smile
Wendy Weixler  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 2:40 PM
This video is much clearer and better than the older one. Now I can see how you did the folds for the bottom of the box clearly!

Thank you so much for redoing it!
Bettina Bergh  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM
This is awesome. I'm trying to figure out how to cut this with my cricut now. I'm gonna make this work.
Amy  |  Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM
Thank you very much for sharing this with us. I've made this box and it's great with double sided paper!
Now my daughter will have cute favor boxes for her teachers.

JeTa  |  Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 4:52 AM
hmmm.....cutting with the cricut...not a bad idea....if you figure it out...can you share? Im brainstorming but maybe save the pdf file and use sure cuts alot to 'trace' it..then cut it ?? hmm...
Angel  |  Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 6:18 AM
I just about have an svg file done for the Cricut ... I'll let you know when/were/how to get it!! smile
Wendy Weixler  |  Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 7:04 AM
Yes, yes ... YOU LOVE ME!!! Here's a link to my blogpost where I loaded a link to an SVG file that you can use to cut this baby out with your CRICUT!!
Wendy Weixler  |  Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 10:18 AM
Absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for the step-by-step photo tutorial AND the video! I am blown away by how darling this project is - your examples are just awesome!
Sharli Frederksen  |  Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 8:57 AM

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