Box in a Bag

by Diana Gibbs

Create this darling box in a bag.


  • Designer Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Round Tab Punch
  • Scallop Punch
  • Scor-Pal™ or other paper scoring tool
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Glue Dots
  • ¼” hand held circle punch
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Cut your Cardstock to 4 ½” x 4 ½” .

  2. Step 2

    Score 1” around all the edge on all 4 sides.

  3. It will look like this.

  4. Step 3

    Turn cardstock on the Scor-Pal™ so it is in a diamond shape, and score from the point to where the score lines meet.

  5. It will look like this (I penciled in the lines so you could see them better. All the penciled in lines have been scored.).

  6. Step 4

    Crease your box on the 1 inch score lines.

  7. Step 5

    Bring the corners in like this.

  8. Step 6

    Using Sticky Strip™ glue your box together, using the pointy folded pieces of the box.

  9. Step 7

    Cut your Designer Paper to 5 ½” x 11”.

  10. Step 8

    Add Sticky Strip™ on the bottom and up one side of the back of the background paper.

  11. Step 9

    Peel off the Sticky Strip™ along the bottom only. Lay your box along the bottom edge of the background paper so they are even with each other. I start it about half way on the side of the box (see photo) it seems to end up better at the end with the seam near the back of the bag at the end.

  12. Step 10

    Continue to wrap the box up with the paper, keeping the edges of the paper and the box even.

  13. Continue wrapping.

  14. Step 11

    When you come to the end piece, now remove the Sticky Strip™ from the side.

  15. Step 12

    Carefully bring your edge together on the bottom, and also up the side of the bag.

  16. Step 13

    What it looks like from the top.

  17. Step 14

    Now you need a strip of Real Red cardstock 11" x 1”, and you need your Scallop Punch.

  18. Step 15

    Scallop punch the whole strip of cardstock.

  19. Step 16

    You can do some faux stitching at this time if you would like.

  20. Step 17

    Add 2 strips of Sticky Strip™ on the back of the scalloped piece of cardstock. Wrap it around the bag keeping the bottom even with the bag bottom. Start the strip at the back of the bag seamed edge.

  21. Bag with scallop added.

  22. Step 18

    Punch out 2 round tab punches, fold in half and punch a ¼” circle in them. The hand held punch is easiest to use. You can then do your faux stitching on them.

  23. Step 19

    Decorate some build-a-brads and add them to the center of the Felt Flurries. Be careful with the felt flurries, as they tear easily when you are trying to get the build-a-brad in the center (because the Build-a Brad legs are bigger then a regular brad). Take your paper piercer and poke a couple holes in the center of the felt flurry this makes it easier to stick the build-a-brad in.

  24. Step 20

    Add your Sticky Strip™ to the inside of the round tab punch pieces, do it on both sides of the inside.

  25. Step 21

    Glue these on the front and the back of the bag, this will hold the bag closed when we tie ribbon through it.

  26. Step 22

    Use glue dots to adhere your decorated Flurries on the front.

  27. Step 23

    Fill your box and tie it together with ribbon.


Your Turn

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

Questions and Comments

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How perfectly lovely!
Candace  |  Thu Jul 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Very nice...Love to try it...
MaryAnn  |  Mon Oct 1, 2012 at 5:51 AM
Love to try it...
MaryAnn  |  Mon Oct 1, 2012 at 5:52 AM
I was in desperate need of a gift box or bag for a neck tie. This is perfect! I just made 2 of them for gifts I'm giving tomorrow. Just rolled the tie up and it fits! You are a life saver!!!
Jennifer A  |  Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 9:53 PM
That has got to be one of the cutest ideas I've ever seen! Joy
Joyce Hall  |  Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Really helpful tutorial, I need something handmade for a kris kringle gift, I will be doing this for sure! thanks Diana
Judy Szabo  |  Mon Dec 7, 2015 at 2:42 PM
Love, love, love this. Thank you
Margaret Haitana  |  Sun Jul 10, 2016 at 4:58 PM

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