Envelope Punch Board Tote

by Susan Campfield

Use the Envelope Punch Board to create this cute little bag in a box. Special thanks to Sam Hammond from the United Kingdom, whose project inspired this tutorial.


  • Two Sided Patterned Paper, 6” x 6” (Stampin’ Up!® Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper used here)
  • Envelope Punch Board
  • 1” Circle Punch
  • Ribbon, baker’s twine, or clip (Stampin’ Up!® 3/8” Ribbon Trio Pack used here)
  • Glue Dots
  • Scissors
  • Stamps to embellish the box (Stampin’ Up!® Paisley Framelits Dies and Copper Foil Sheets used here)
  • Treats


  1. Step 1

    Place the 6” x 6” patterned paper in the envelope punch board. Line up the left edge to the 1 3/8” mark and punch.

  2. Without moving the paper, place the tip of the scoring tool that comes with the punch board inside the opening, touching the side on the left. Press down and score along the entire length of the paper following the diagonal groove on the punch board.

  3. Step 2

    Slide the paper so the left edge is at the 4” mark and punch.

  4. Without moving the paper, place the tip of the scoring tool that comes with the punch board inside the opening, touching the side on the left. Press down and score along the entire length of the paper following the diagonal groove on the punch board.

  5. Step 3

    The paper should now look like this.

  6. Step 4

    Rotate your paper one turn to the left. From now on, you will NOT use the ruler at the top of the punch board.

  7. Instead, line up the score line on your paper to the pointer (also known as the score guide) on the punch board.

  8. Step 5

    With the pointer lined up with the score line, punch.

  9. Without moving the paper, place the tip of the scoring tool that comes with the punch board inside the opening, touching the side on the left. Press down and score along the entire length of the paper following the diagonal groove on the punch board.

  10. Step 6

    Slide the paper to the left so that the pointer is lined up with the next score line.

  11. Punch and score again.

  12. Step 7

    The paper should now look like this.

  13. Step 8

    Rotate the paper one turn to the left again. Line up the pointer with the first score. Punch and score.

  14. Step 9

    Slide the paper to the left until lined up with the next score line. Punch and score.

  15. Rotate the paper and repeat the process. Make sure to line up the pointer with the score line – do not use the ruler.

  16. Step 10

    The paper should now look like this.

  17. Step 11

    Use the built in corner rounder on the punch board to round all of the corners.

  18. Step 12

    Cut up on the score line next to the wide triangle. Stop cutting when you come to an intersecting score line.

  19. Repeat cutting on the other side.

  20. Step 13

    Rotate the paper to the other wide triangle and repeat this process - cutting on the score lines until you meet the intersecting score line.

  21. Step 14

    Fold on all of the score lines.

  22. Step 15

    Use the 1” punch to punch out a scrap piece of paper. Place temporary glue on the back of this circle to make a template. Place the circle approximately where you would like the hole to go.

  23. Line up the punch so you can see all of the white circle and punch. This will help you get the hole exactly where you want it.

    Punch a hole on the other side using the same process.

  24. Step 16

    Use glue dots to assemble the box. Place a glue dot on one flap. Fold it on the score line.

  25. You will see that it will cross in front of the box. Press the glue dot to the box.

  26. Step 17

    Place another glue dot in the corner of the other flap – attach it to the other flap so that they cross over one another.

  27. Repeat on the other side of the box.

  28. Step 18

    Fold the remaining tab out for a contrasting look, or tuck it in to the inside if you do not want it to show.

  29. Secure with a glue dot.

  30. Step 19

    Place the treat in the box and secure the handle with a ribbon, twine, or a clip.

  31. Step 20

    Decorate the front of the box.

    The finished project measures 2 3/8" wide, 1 1/2" deep, 3 3/8" tall.

  32. Be creative with tiny totes themed for holidays or everyday gift giving.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Envelope Punch Board Tote. 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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Brilliant, very cute.
Rosemary McIlwaine  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 3:26 AM
Great idea. These would be perfect to make for a fall scrapbooking event that I help host. Your tutorial is so well done. Thank you.
Beth  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 5:04 AM
That was one of the best tutorials I've seen in a long time. Your pictures and descriptions were perfect. So easy to follow along. I have that board and I get so frustrated with it. Never can make an envelope correctly. Other projects not so bad but not the envies. Can't wait to make these. So cute.
Lori McGarrity  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 5:12 AM
Susan, great video--easy adorable treat box! Thanks for sharing with all of us!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 5:31 AM
Have to tell you how darn cute those totes are. You make it seem so easy. With Halloween coming so soon, gotta make it with a class. Thanks for sharing your great directions and designs.
Susan Scully  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 6:57 AM
Fantastic tutorial!! I am going to make one today smile
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 7:00 AM
Wow! Love these! Thanks for sharing!
Angela W  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 7:12 AM
This is lovely! Thank you so much for a very clear tutorial!
Have made 2already, just need to embellish them;o)
Anni Rasmussen  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 7:32 AM
Adorable little treat box. I am going to make some of these for my Sunday School class of kids. thanks!!!
TX Jenny Wren  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 7:42 AM
Great video! The little treat box looks so complicated to make, but it's really not...thanks to you. My kind of project!
Kim  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 8:14 AM
I love these and can't wait to make them. I am also going to try to make them using 12x12 paper. Any advice?
Joy  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 12:29 PM
This is just plain fun!!! I love this so much and it will be an easy project for friends to do. Can't wait to do this. I think Joy, above, said she was gonna try 12 x12, please let us know how those turn out too. Thanks for the great turorial. hugs, patty
rose tresures  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 12:36 PM
This is like the "Bag in a Box" only larger. Nice to have a different size.
Maus  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 1:20 PM
Great tutorial! I've made two. My first was to be a dry run, but it came out just fine the first time! Oh, actually started a third and goofed....my error. I cut on the skinny side!
muscrat  |  Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 5:38 PM
Clear tutorial, Susan! Just made 4 boxes that need to be embellished. I like having the option of having the side panels on the outside to make a thin slot or place them inside to make a traditional box. I used a 1/2" scalloped circle punch for the handle. The edge of the punch lined up with the fold, so centering the circle was so easy on my eyes! So far, my side flaps are taped inside. I have loads of 6x6 paper that is patterned on one side and white on the other. Having only the handle show through is nice. I can use those stacks. This is an easy project for my 12 year old godchild who likes to craft gifts for her friends and teachers. Thanks!
Diane  |  Thu Sep 1, 2016 at 10:22 AM
Just love this! I have lots (actually way-too-much) of 6x6 pattern paper that I actually like to use (so I can rationalize getting more- ha!) and I will be making making making these adorable boxes!
Carolynn  |  Thu Sep 1, 2016 at 10:44 AM
Thank you for all the kind comments - I'm so glad you are enjoying the tutorial. Joy -
I'm excited to hear how the 12" x 12" version came out? Maybe try doubling the measurements since you are doubling the paper size? I think 8" x 8" would be fun ti try too...
Susan Campfield  |  Fri Sep 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM
Are there any measurements for the diagonals and where to cut, if you don't have a punch board?
These are so very cute.
Linda Cherry  |  Fri Sep 2, 2016 at 2:48 PM
Hi there, I tried doing a 12 x12 one but it looks stange, as though the proportions aren't right. 9x9 works perfectly!
I will try (first time ;o) to put a picture in the gallery.
Once again, thank you for a great tutorial.
Anni Rasmussen  |  Tue Sep 6, 2016 at 6:29 AM
This tutorial was perfect timing. I was looking for a simple and quick treat box for wedding favors and this is perfect. I've already made a 100 of them!! Thank you so much for sharing your idea!!!
Debbie  |  Thu Sep 8, 2016 at 7:35 PM

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