Backpack Box

by Mary Arima

Create this adorable box shaped like a backpack.


  • Backpack Box Template
  • Two each of 8.5 x 11” sheets colored card stock (2 contrasting colors)
  • Paper Trimmer with scoring blade
  • 1/8” Handheld Circle Punch
  • Crop-a-dile™
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Stamps & Ink
  • Bone Folder
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Magnetic Snaps or Velcro Dots (2 pairs)
  • Mini-eyelets in coordinating color (8)
  • Eyelet setting tools
  • ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon in coordinating color – 36” total


  1. Step 1

    Print template, then cut on solid lines.

    Punch holes where indicated.

    Backpack Base Template (PDF, 24K)
    Backpack Flap and Pocket (PDF, 24K)

  2. Step 2

    Arrange template pieces on card stock, with base and small flap on one color (red used here), front pocket and large flap on other color (black used here).

  3. Step 3

    Trace around template pieces, using a ruler to keep the lines straight, if you wish.

    Do not forget to mark eyelet holes.

  4. Step 4

    Cut pieces from card stock, using trimmer for straight cuts and scissors for details.

    Punch eyelet holes, using 1/8” handheld circle punch or an anywhere punch, as appropriate.

  5. Step 5

    Decorate box base.

    Classic Stars jumbo wheel with Ancient Page black ink cartridge was used here.

  6. Step 6

    Score all four cut pieces where indicated by dotted lines on template.

  7. For both flaps, measure 1” from straight edge for first score and 1 ¼” for the second score.

  8. Step 7

    Position Sticky Strip™ on box base and large flap, as indicated in photo.

  9. Step 8

    Position large flap on top edge of base back (largest section, adjacent to the ½” flap), as indicated in photo. Be sure the 1” score is just above the edge of the base, so it will fold at the score.

  10. Step 9

    Punch holes in base layer, using pre-punched holes in flap as a guide.

  11. Step 10

    Attach eyelets to all punched holes.

  12. Step 11

    Position Sticky Strip™ on front pocket piece and small flap, as indicated in photo.

  13. Step 12

    Fold pocket on all score lines, starting with small flaps. Make crisp folds with bone folder.

  14. Step 13

    Tuck side flaps with Sticky Strip™ behind back side of pocket, aligning sides of back piece with the first fold, as indicated in photo.

  15. Step 14

    Use bone folder to press joints together.

  16. Step 15

    Align small flap with pocket, so 1” extension is at back of pocket and flap folds neatly over top of pocket. Remove Sticky Strip™ lining and adhere.

  17. Step 16

    Use bone folder to press joints together.

  18. Step 17

    Position Sticky Strip™ at top back of pocket, as indicated in photo.

  19. Step 18

    Cut 24” piece grosgrain ribbon for backpack handle and straps.

    Cut ends at an angle to make it easier to thread ribbon through eyelets.

  20. Step 19

    Fold ribbon in half, then thread each end down through top two eyelets in large flap.

  21. Pull ribbon equally on both sides until it touches your thumb to create the handle.

  22. Step 20

    Flip box base over.

    Knot ribbon where it emerges from the first set of eyelets. This will prevent it from slipping after box is complete.

  23. Step 21

    Thread ribbon ends through adjacent eyelets.

  24. Ribbon will emerge at the top back of base.

  25. Step 21

    Thread ribbon ends through adjacent eyelets.

  26. Ribbon will emerge at the top back of base.

  27. Step 22

    Thread ribbon ends through eyelets at bottom of base, leaving enough slack to make it look like backpack straps.

  28. Step 23

    Flip base over and secure ribbon with a knot at each end where it touches the eyelets.

    Trim away any extra ribbon.

  29. Step 24

    Flip base again and align the tab (with sticky strip) along the side edge of base.

  30. Remove lining and press to adhere. Use bone folder to ensure a good bond.

  31. Step 25

    Flip base upside-down. To make bottom of box, fold side flaps flat first, followed by back flap, then front flap.

    You may wish to add sticky strip to the back flap extensions, to make bottom more stable.

  32. The front flap may be slightly curved in order to slip it into the slot created by the others.

  33. Step 26

    Using both hands, push gently on sides of base, to create the crease at the top of the box.

  34. Crease sides enough that the top “pinches” together to fit the second flap score.

  35. Step 27

    If using magnetic snaps, place one negative and one positive piece together, so the adhesive is facing out. Remove lining on one side of snap and position on inside of large flap, above the eyelet. Press to adhere securely.

  36. Step 28

    Remove lining on other side of snap and carefully close flap over base, so that it fits over top of box and flat on the box front. Press through all layers to adhere securely.

  37. Step 29

    Remove liner from sticky strip on back of pocket.

  38. Adhere to front of backpack, positioning pocket for equal spacing between it and the sides and bottom of box. Press to adhere.

  39. Step 30

    Add magnetic snap to pocket flap using the same procedure as on the large flap.

  40. Step 31

    Cut to 6" pieces of grosgrain.

    Thread one end through large flap eyelet, making ends even. Knot ribbon.

    Repeat with small flap and the backpack box is done.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Backpack 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.

You may have heard from others - the template files when I tried to open both came up with no file found - error -

could you send me these files or repost them - thanks

This is so cute....

Cindy  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 6:27 AM
This is so cute. I've got a couple days off and I'm going to PLAY. Cindy is the word - I'm the second Cindy to post on this one today; it must be our creative day!
Cindy  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 6:32 AM
So cute! I'm going to make the template into a file for my Wishblade to make it go quicker because I'm sure I'll be making plenty of these for teen and pre-teen cousins and nieces. Pocket on front looks perfect for a gift card, then can put little goodies inside like lip gloss, gum, hand lotion, etc. inside the large pocket. LOVE this!!!
Andrea  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 6:39 AM
This is incredible, I absolutely love the project!!!
Carla P.  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 6:39 AM
Andrea, when you make the file for the wishblade will you post it for others? I'd love to be able to make them for the new school year.
Mary  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 6:51 AM
Yeah, Mary! I have this one from one of our past swaps. It's oh-so-cute!
Daisy  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 7:03 AM
This is such an adorable, cute projekt... for now I saved it and as soon as I have time I will give it a try! TFS
antje  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 7:04 AM
wowwww this is so beautiful
akkina van steen  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 7:05 AM
Yeah, Mary! I have this one from a swap we did. It is oh-so-cute!
Daisy  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 7:09 AM
This is wonderful! I'm goin have to make one of these bags.

Thanks for sharing the Template with us. That was awlful sweet of you.
Nancy B. aka jeanstamping2  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 7:18 AM
This is absolutely wonderful !!!!!!!!!!
Joan  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 7:18 AM
This is such a cute project. I am going to try it out today
Thank you
sophia  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 7:19 AM
This bag is adorable. Ideal for graduation gifts using school colors.
Sandra Sellers  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 7:26 AM
Really cute!!! How on earth did you think up this!!!??? You are sooo talented. I am going to try this one.
Corinne  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 8:41 AM
This is totally adorable Mary! Thank you for sharing the tutorial with us.
Crafty Math Chick  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 8:59 AM
this is adorable! I going to try it today!
reina  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 10:09 AM
TOO CUTE! My MIL will LOVE this as she always carries a backpack style purse. I'll have to give it a try soon. TFS!

Kelly J aka kelaine  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 10:25 AM
These will be great end-of-the-year gifts for teachers. Thanks for the great idea.
Tonya  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 10:43 AM
Wow! This is cool. I was just looking for a fun and different project, and this will be perfect. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.

Thanks, Jenn, for the right-click-save tip, too.
Sarah  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 11:09 AM
Great project just in time for Teacher Appreciation Week. Thanks. I can't wait to try it with my DD.
Jennifer  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 11:45 AM

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