Cross Box

by Lisa Walsh

This cross-shaped box is perfect for a special keepsake gift.

Supplies

  • Cardstock
  • Paper trimmer with scoring blade or scoring tool
  • Scissors (if needed to clean up cut edges)
  • Strong adhesive
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Cut cardstock to 9" x 7 1/4". Place the cardstock on the trimmer vertically. The short sides will be at the top and bottom.

    Place cardstock at the 1" line on the paper trimmer. Cut from the top down to 1", lift the cutting blade, place it at 6 1/4", and cut to the bottom. Score in between the two cuts.

    NOTE:
    Black marker lines have been drawn in to accentuate the cut and score lines for the tutorial. Do not mark these lines yourself.

  2. Step 2

    At the 1 1/2" and 2" lines, cut from the top down to 3", lift the cutting blade, place at 4 1/4", and cut to the bottom.

  3. Step 3

    Place cardstock at the 3" line on the trimmer. Score from the top down to 3", lift the scoring blade, place at 4 1/4" and score to the bottom.

  4. Step 4

    Flip the cardstock over side to side so that all of the cuts are now on the right side of the paper.

    Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3.

  5. Step 5

    Turn the cardstock clockwise one quarter turn.

    NOTE:

    It’s very important to turn the cardstock the correct direction.

  6. Step 6

    Place cardstock at the 1" line on the trimmer. Lift the cutting blade, place at 2" and cut to 3", lift cutting blade, place at 4 1/4" and cut to 5 1/4”.

    Score in between the two cut lines from 3" to 4 1/4".

  7. Step 7

    Place cardstock at the 2 3/4" line on the trimmer. Lift cutting blade, place at 1" and cut to 1 1/2", lift cutting blade, place at 5 3/4" and cut to 6 1/4".

    Score from the top down to 1", lift scoring blade and score from 6 1/4" to the bottom.

  8. Step 8

    Place cardstock at the 4 3/4" line on the trimmer. Lift the cutting blade, place at 1" and cut to 3", lift the cutting blade, place at 4 1/4" and cut to 6 1/4".

    Score from the top down to 1", lift scoring blade, place at 6 1/4" and score to the bottom.

  9. Step 9

    Place cardstock at the 6" line on the trimmer. Repeat the cutting and scoring from STEP 8.

  10. Step 10

    Place cardstock at the 8" line on the trimmer. Lift the cutting blade, place at 1" and cut to 3", lift the cutting blade, place at 4 1/4" and cut to 6 1/4".

    Score from the top to 1", from 3" to 4 1/4", and from 6 1/4" to the bottom.

  11. Step 11

    Fold all score lines inward, except the four corners -- fold those back.

  12. Starting with the vertical portion of the cross, adhere the four tabs to the inside of the long sides of the box.

  13. Step 12

    Fold in the side of the horizontal portion of the cross, keeping all of the tabs on the inside of the box.

    Adhere the top and bottom tabs to the inside of the vertical portion of the cross, and the remaining tabs on the inside bottom of the horizontal portion of the cross.

  14. Step 13

    To create the box lid, trim cardstock to 8 3/8"x 6 5/8". Place the cardstock on the trimmer vertically. The short sides will be at the top and bottom.

    Place cardstock at the 5/8" line on the trimmer. Cut from the top down to 5/8", lift the cutting blade, place at 6" and cut to the bottom. Score in between the two cuts.

  15. Step 14

    At the 1" and 2" lines, cut from the top down to 2 5/8", lift the cutting blade, place at 4" and cut to the bottom.

  16. Step 15

    Place cardstock at the 2 5/8" line on the trimmer. Score from the top down to 2 5/8", lift the scoring blade, place at 4" and score to the bottom.

  17. Step 16

    Flip the cardstock over side to side so that all of the cuts are now on the right side of the paper.

    Repeat steps 13, 14 and 15.

  18. Step 17

    Turn the cardstock clockwise one quarter turn.

    NOTE:
    It’s very important to turn the cardstock the correct direction.

  19. Step 18

    Place the cardstock at the 5/8" line on the trimmer. Lift the cutting blade, place at 2" and cut to 2 5/8", lift the cutting blade, place at 4" and cut to 4 5/8".

    Score in between the two cuts.

  20. Step 19

    Place cardstock at 2 3/8" line on the trimmer. Lift the cutting blade, place at 5/8" and cut to 1", lift the cutting blade, place at 5 5/8" and cut to 6".

    Score from the top down to 5/8", lift the scoring blade, place at 6" and score to the bottom.

  21. Step 20

    Place cardstock at the 4 3/8" line on the trimmer. Lift the cutting blade, place at 5/8" and cut to 2 5/8", lift the cutting blade, place at 4" and cut to 6".

    Score from the top down to 5/8", lift the scoring blade, place at 6" and score to the bottom.

  22. Step 21

    Place cardstock at the 5 3/4" line of the trimmer and repeat the cutting and scoring from step 20.

  23. Step 22

    Place cardstock on the 7 3/4" line on the trimmer. Lift the cutting blade, place at 5/8" and cut to 2 5/8". Lift the cutting blade, place at 4" and cut to 6".

    Score from the top down to 5/8", from 2 5/8" to 4" and from 6" to the bottom.

  24. Step 23

    Fold and assemble the box lid as in steps 11 and 12.

  25. Decorate the finished box top, using coordinating cardstock, patterned paper, die cut flowers, or other embellishments.

    The cardstock strips in the sample were cut to 7" x 1 1/4" and 5 1/4" x 1 1/4". The patterned paper strips were cut to 6 7/8" x 1 1/8" and 5 1/8" x 1 1/8".

  26. Step 24

    Complete the project.

Video!

Your Turn

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

What a nice Easter gift --great tutorial Lisa...thank you for posting this on SCS....
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 6:53 AM
This is just stunning! Thank you for sharing your tutorial with all of us!
Mary K. Wessling  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 8:05 AM
This box is amazing...thank you so much for the tutorial...
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 8:24 AM
I woke up in the middle of the night and took a peek at this! Then couldn't get back to sleep just thinking about what colors I would use and how I would decorate it! Now Im up and ready to begin. I think the video is wonderful. Very clear and I can follow and stop as I need! Thank you!
muscrat  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 9:09 AM
Lisa, This box design is a dream come true for me. From the bottom of my heart I send you my thanks. I will use this continually in my ministry and for my family and friends. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with all of us in the crafting community. Blessings.
Louise Fox  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 10:32 AM
Lisa, Thank you so much! This is truly the best box tutorial I have ever seen. The video is so helpful in duplicating it. Any suggestions on what should go inside? Thanks for sharing! Hugs Lori
Lori Reinholz  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 10:46 AM
are we sure about step 6, the 2nd cut?
BJ  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM
Yes, it's correct, BJ!

Lori, I put Hershey's Kisses in mine. smile
dina  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM
2 templates later, I think I get it wink cool tutorial!
BJ  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 1:44 PM
Thanks Dina! Good idea!
Lori Reinholz  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 5:55 PM
BJ, my stomach dropped when I thought there was a mistake! And I know what you mean about "2 templates later, I think I get it". I've been there!!

Dina, thank you for the reassurance!

Lori, I've put in Lindt Truffles or Hershey Kisses like Dina. For a a picture I took of the box I put in a bit of cellophane grass and the small malted milk ball "robin eggs" candy.

Thank you everyone for the kind words.

Happy blessed Easter!
Lisa Walsh  |  Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 8:46 PM
I did get it completed and it is adorable! Gonna be a thank you gift for my SIL who is hosting Easter dinner!
BJ  |  Thu Mar 24, 2016 at 7:19 AM
This would be great to hold a necklace, bracelet, etc for a First Communion or Confirmation gift in addition to the suggestions for candy treats! Wonderful video tutorial - easy to follow!
Mary  |  Thu Mar 24, 2016 at 7:26 AM
Perfect, Mary - great idea!

BJ, I hope you'll share in the gallery!
dina  |  Thu Mar 24, 2016 at 7:47 AM
For some reason I'm not able to view the video. It's telling me I need permission.
Linda Ekstrom  |  Thu Mar 24, 2016 at 9:03 AM

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