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 stinkin' cute, i love it and am printing as i write this. Thank you so much for a great FREE tutorial, its always nice to have a new project to make and not have to pay for it smile
Jamie  |  Mon Aug 3, 2009 at 6:36 PM
LOVE THESE! I just made 4 for my PTA Board officers...we're having our back-to-school organizing meeting tomorrow. Wanted to let everyone know that the little pocket will hold a Ghiradelli chocolate square perfectly, and I fit 4 Lindt truffles in the main pocket.
Nancy Hoetker  |  Sun Aug 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM
Mary! This is so cute! Perfect for back to school! Thank you for sharing!
Sue @ McMahon Five Designs  |  Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 7:26 AM
here is mine...
Jamie  |  Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 10:25 AM
Hi Mary,
I have been dreaming of making your adorable backpack all summer and today is the day :o) When I printed the templates I am finding my top flap to be 1/4 inch wider than the backpack. I tried resaving and reprinting and the same thing. Is it supposed to hang over the edges a smidge?? This will be such a cute surprise for my girls first day back to school in a couple weeks.

Thanks for sharing!
CyndiC  |  Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 10:15 AM
Hi Cyndi!

Sorry for the slow response! No, the flaps aren't supposed to be that much bigger -- just big enough that they don't fall into the pockets... I'm not sure why this is happening. Can you try it again? Are you printing it at full-size? If you are, maybe reduce the size a smidge on a photocopier???

Mary Arima  |  Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM
This is so cute! Thanks for the great tutorial! I want to make about 75 of these. I notice in an earlier post someone mentioned making a Wishblade file for this template. Did that get done? And, if so, is it available? Hoping, hoping - with all toes and fingers crossed! smile
Pat  |  Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 7:43 AM

I love your directions for the back pack. I am going to try it out. Thank you for sharing. :>
Carlene  |  Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 10:20 PM
Love these and I have made 3, but I can't get the magnet closure. I have bought 2 different packs of magnets, but they are not holding the flaps down. Help!
maureen  |  Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Pat, I haven't heard about the Wishblade file's availability yet... And I can't contact the person who posted that offer... So, I think we will just have to wait for her to come to us! LOL!

Maureen, I need more information about the specific issues with the magnetic snaps. I did have an issue with some of mine... I think the adhesive on them was too old, so they didn't stick to the card stock. I fixed that with my trusty Crystal Effects (my go-to glue for ALL "problem" gluing! LOL!)... Since using that, the snaps haven't come off the card stock. Is that your issue?


Mary Arima  |  Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 12:05 AM
Really like the project. What a great idea. I came over from another blogs like to you.

Thanks for the project.
guest  |  Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM
That is just as cute as it can be a nice package for chocolate or crystal light drink mix,very nice
Gloria Harvey
Gloria Harvey  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 1:45 PM
Hello Mary,

Your creation is definitely a many people left comments here. Thanks for sharing such adorable project and I think I will play with it question, how do you create the template before you pdf the file? Did you hand-draw that (doesnt look like the case though)? If not, how did you do that?
Jessica  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 1:56 PM
Hi Jessica!

Thank you! I got the original box base template from the Stampin' Up! Demo web site, when I was a demonstrator, but the flaps and pocket were my design, hand-drawn (with the help of a ruler and circle! LOL!!!)... and then scanned the drawings after they had been completed. Does that help?
Mary  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 9:05 PM
This is a great one. Very cute.
Georgia  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 9:08 PM

it's me again. thanks for the quick response. my next question is have you ever had to come up with the drawings yourself? If so, did you have to put them into pdf format? If so, how do you do that? I kept wondering how people do it. Thanks.

have a nice day.
Jessica Ying  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 6:52 PM
Jessica, Yes, I have done drawings myself and have never put them into pdf format. I have, however, scanned them into a jpg file, so I could e-mail them to friends. If these templates are in pdf format, it is because someone on SCS did it for me -- so I have no clue how to do it! LOL! Perhaps the best persons to ask would be Beate or Julie HRR (or Daven, since he seems to do a lot of the website work for SCS)...

Does that help?
Mary  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 11:11 PM
Wow! Thanks, Jenn!!! I appreciate your work! Of course, I knew I was missing mentioning someone important... Sorry!

Sometimes I wish I had a Mac...

Thanks again!!!
Mary  |  Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 9:09 AM
Hi...thank you both. You both have been so nice and so responsive...I really enjoy coming to Splitcoaststampers....

so anybody knows how to do what you do on a MAC on PC?
Jessica  |  Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 12:37 PM
This is just to cute, thanks for the template.
Ana  |  Thu Oct 1, 2009 at 6:45 AM

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