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.

this is so awesome for a little kid's first day at school. gonna make loads for the kiddies round here and they are so awesome for birthday or any event really.... TFS this template!! love it! and your is so stunning with the bright colors
Cory  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 8:17 AM
Hi Mary, I am attempting tomake this adorable back pack .I want to put a yummy chocolate in it and use as teacher gifts. For some reason, the "top" flap is almost 1/2 inch wider than the back pack. Any ideas to help me? Thanks so much.
Merle  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 2:13 PM
What is the finished size of this project???

It is very cute!
Yolanda McDonald  |  Thu May 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Answers to 2 questions:

Merle, I'm really not sure why the top flap is so much wider. It may have something to do with how it was saved/printed. Try re-saving the templates (the same way for both) and printing them again. Otherwise, this question may need to be addressed by SCS support???

Yolanda, the finished dimensions of my backpack box are:

4" high
3" wide
1 3/4" deep (at bottom), 1/4" deep (at top)

It's not quite small enough to fit an 18" doll, but I suppose you could reduce the pattern to make it fit!

Hope this helps!

Thanks for all your sweet comments, everyone!!!
Mary Arima  |  Thu May 14, 2009 at 1:56 PM
I have a supplies question. Where can I find the magnetic snaps? Velcro makes the flap too hard to open.
Tonya  |  Fri May 15, 2009 at 12:38 PM
Hi, Tonya!

The magnetic snaps should be available at your local scrapbooking store. If not, I order mine from

The specific URL for the snaps is:

Hope that helps!
Mary Arima  |  Fri May 15, 2009 at 1:12 PM
Could anyone tell me where I can find the magnetic snaps? I'm using Velcro, but, would like to try the snaps. Our Michael's had no clue. Thanks
Merle  |  Sun May 17, 2009 at 1:27 PM
Oops!!! I just read the post above mine...sorrry.
Merle  |  Sun May 17, 2009 at 1:29 PM
This is adorable!!! I made this as the gift box for my daughter's kindergarten teachers!!! Thanks a bunch, these are totally awesome!!!
Michelle  |  Mon May 18, 2009 at 7:50 AM
Wonderful little cute project congrats on such a great design.
Thankyou and best wishes Carolyn
Carolyn  |  Tue Jun 2, 2009 at 12:26 AM
Hola desearia su correspondencia
Gretthel Montero FErnandez  |  Fri Jul 3, 2009 at 2:25 PM
Could you post measurements, please?
Thank you in advance for your help
Karina  |  Mon Jul 6, 2009 at 6:37 PM
Hi sorry I did not get back to you but templates did work finally . Thanks.

jblacer  |  Tue Jul 7, 2009 at 4:46 PM
Great tutorial! thank you for sharing!
IŽll do my backpack soon wink
Elizabeth  |  Wed Jul 8, 2009 at 12:11 PM
I just made one of these to hold a gift card. I loved it. It turned out so well. I'm going to print out the template on several pieces of cs so I've got a headstart on a few more for later. What fun this was, and I know the person receiving it is going to love it. Thanks for sharing.
Cindy  |  Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 5:23 PM
Lorraine  |  Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 5:26 AM
Hi Mary, I made (and posted pics) of "backpacks" I made from your tutorial. I actually made 21 for the end of school gifts!!! Since then, I have received several e-mails re them. Someone asked for measurements. I responded, but, today I received one to "Mary". I don't know why they are coming to me. I don't mind getting notes of course, but, I think they must be for you. Help!!!
Merle  |  Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 5:43 AM
Hi Merle!

I'm sorry for the confusion about the posts on this thread! I believe you are seeing ALL the posts on this thread because you have "subscribed" to it... Anyone who subscribes will receive these posts in their e-mail.

So, they aren't necessarily addressed to you, but to this tutorial thread. You can probably ignore them if they don't specifically have your name in them. Does that help?
Mary Arima  |  Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 11:16 AM
Cindy, I'm tickled that you are so pleased with the project!!! How did the recipient like it? Good idea to print out several... That's thinking ahead!!!

Mary Arima  |  Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Thank you for your sweet words! I'm so glad you like the project!

YES! You absolutely may use the template! That's why it was posted. Of course, I would certainly appreciate it if proper credit for the design is given (if people ask), and I would also hope my design is not submitted for contests. But, other than that, feel free to use it as you wish!

Thanks again!!!
Mary Arima  |  Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 11:23 AM

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