Curve-Sided Box

by Heidi Smith

Create a box with arched sides to hold a small bottle or other favor.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Blushing Bride used here)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive (red liner tape and Tombow Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue used here)
  • Scissors
  • 2 3/4" (7 cm) cut circle or die (Layering Circles die used here)
  • 10 1/2" (26.5 cm) plate
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project: (Stampin’ Up products used here: Blushing Bride, Whisper White, and Berry Burst Cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Cardstock; Memento Black, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi inks; Dragonfly Dreams stamp set; Layering Circle dies and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits)


  1. Step 1

    Cut cardstock to 8 1/4" x 11 1/2" (29.5 x 21 cm).

  2. Step 2

    Score along the short edge at 1 3/8” and 5 1/2" (3.5 and 14 cm).

    Turn the cardstock. Score along the long edge to the first horizontal score line only at 1 1/4", 4”, 6 3/4", and 9 1/2". At 11" score all the way to the bottom (3.5, 10.5, 17.5, 24.5 cm; 28 cm).

    Turn the cardstock so that the short section is at the top. Score to the first score line only at 3 1/4", 6, and 8 3/4" (8.5, 15.5, and 22.5 cm).

  3. Step 3

    With the short scored section at the top, place a 2 3/4" (7 cm) circle or die between the score lines so that it just touches the top edge. Trace around the outer edge with a stylus.

    Repeat four times.

  4. Step 4

    Use a 10 1/2" (26.5 cm) diameter plate and score from between each of the semi circles to the intersecting score lines below.


  5. Step 5

    Trim the semi circles using scissors.

    Stamp a design across the middle section.

  6. Step 6

    Fold and burnish all straight score lines. Cut up to the score line on the bottom section.

    Add adhesive tape to the side and to three of the base panels.

    You should now have a piece of cardstock that looks like this.

  7. Step 7

    Fold the base into a box shape, then adhere the side.

  8. Step 8

    Close the bottom of the box, folding the tabs in.

  9. Step 9

    Fold in the four semi circles to close the box top.

  10. Step 10

    Embellish the box as desired.

  11. Step 11

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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What a fab tutorial, and great to see one of our UK stamping demonstrators as the presenter. I'll be trying out this box in the near future.
Bridget Keenor  |  Wed May 24, 2017 at 4:51 AM
Wow, Heidi, excellent box design! Definitely going to make one of these this weekend.
Terri Hawke  |  Wed May 24, 2017 at 8:34 AM
A very sweet little box (2.75" square). I wonder how it would work at twice the size - 2 sheets of paper with seams positioned away from the curved sides? Have you tried to enlarge the pattern? Thanks for sharing this fun project.
Sonja Van Laar  |  Wed May 24, 2017 at 9:21 AM
Lovely. I have to go and get a plate now... wink
Vicki-Joy  |  Fri May 26, 2017 at 9:44 AM
video will not play. Also are you starting with a 12x12 card stock since you are trimming to 11-1/2.
cathy cain  |  Wed May 31, 2017 at 1:19 PM
Great tutorial Heidi. Fab. box!
Theresa O'Connell  |  Tue Aug 1, 2017 at 1:43 PM

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