Crate Card

by Helen Gullett

Make a pop-up card that looks like a classic wood crate.


  • Kraft cardstock (patterned paper, optional)
  • Paper flowers (premade or diecuts, Darice Poinsettia set used here)
  • Sentiments (optional, Paper Poinsettias Mega digital stamp set from Graciellie Designs used here)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Kraft knife
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Double sided tape
  • Permanent adhesive glue
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Dare 2B Artzy Double Dots Circle Die Set and Oval Scalloped Framelit Dies)


  1. Step 1

    Prepare kraft cardstock base by cutting strips:
    2 1/4” x 11”
    1” x 4 1/2" (cut three)
    1” x 2 1/4"

  2. Prepare die cut flowers, sentiments, or other ‘fillers’ for your crate.

  3. Step 2

    Score the large strip at 2”, 5 1/2", and 7 1/2".

  4. Step 3

    Score the three 4 1/2" strips 1/2" from each end.

  5. Score the smallest strip down the center from a short side.

  6. Step 4

    You can leave the box as is without the crate look, or you can cut slats. Measure and mark at the end of each long side at 1/2” and 5/8” from the top and bottom, and 1 1/16” and 1 3/16” (center).

  7. Step 5

    Trace between the marks 1/8” from the score lines.

  8. Cut away the strips to create the slatted look.

  9. Step 6

    Fold and burnish all score lines.

  10. Fold the three 4 1/2" strips in a Z. Fold the small piece in half.

  11. Step 7

    The small piece will act as a hinge to glue the box together. Trim one side if needed so it doesn’t show through the slats. Use glue or double sided tape to create the box corner.

  12. Step 8

    Add double sided tap to the tabs on the inner strips.

  13. Adhere the tabs to the short sides of the inside of the box, lining the up the strips with the top of the box, and making sure the strips go straight across. Repeat with the remaining strips, spacing them evenly across. The box should fold flat.

  14. Step 9

    Adhere the flowers or other die cuts onto the inner strips to fill the box. Take care in positioning so the card can still fold flat.

  15. Step 10

    Embellish the front of the card if desired to complete the project.


Your Turn

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Questions and Comments

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Wow wow WOW! Such a GORGEOUS card, and no dies required? THANK YOU for this amazing tutorial, Helen! I hope to give it a try!

Christmas blessings to you and yours,
DancesWithHooves  |  Wed Dec 15, 2021 at 7:19 AM
Great tutorial! And such a beautiful card!
LilBit  |  Wed Dec 15, 2021 at 9:16 AM
Such a sweet idea!
jheyer  |  Wed Dec 15, 2021 at 9:23 AM
Wow! This is impressive. LOVE this card idea and I thank you for your tutorial.
cnsteele  |  Wed Dec 15, 2021 at 9:49 AM
Beautiful work! So creative. What a fun way to share holiday joy! Thanks for the tutorial!
GreetingStar  |  Wed Dec 15, 2021 at 11:01 AM
Oh, very clever! This could easily be adapted to other 'fillings' as well.
Renata Joyner  |  Wed Dec 15, 2021 at 1:14 PM
Such detailed instructions, plus! no dies needed to make the crate - Thank You!
RetiredPJ  |  Thu Dec 16, 2021 at 8:02 AM
That is so pretty, thanks so much for sharing!!
Conniecrafter  |  Fri Dec 31, 2021 at 8:59 AM

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