Heart Box

by Beate Johns

Create a heart shaped box out of coasters and patterned paper


  • Classic Heart and Scalloped Heart dies
  • Thin coaster or thin cardboard
  • White cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Xyron or other strong adhesive
  • Scor-Tape™ or other strong adhesive
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Scissors
  • Crocheted lace, or ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Cut two thin coasters and three pieces of white cardstock with the largest scalloped heart die. Cut two coasters and two pieces of patterned paper with the second largest Classic heart die. Cut and emboss one piece of patterned paper with the largest classic heart die.

  2. Step 2 (Optional)

    Sand the patterned paper pieces and adhere the big patterned paper heart to one of the scalloped cardstock hearts.

  3. Step 3

    Run all your hearts except for the scalloped coaster hearts through your Xyron machine, or use other strong adhesive.

  4. Step 4

    Adhere one of the scalloped cardstock hearts to the front and back of one of the scalloped coaster hearts. This will be your box top.

    Adhere the remaining cardstock scalloped heart to the other scalloped coaster heart.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere one of the smaller coaster hearts to the center of the plain scalloped heart. This will be your box bottom.

  6. Step 6

    If you are using a 6" x 6" patterned paper pad, cut two 2" wide strips.

  7. Adhere the strips to one long 11 7/8" strip.

  8. Step 7

    Score the long side of the strip at 3/8".

  9. Step 8

    Add adhesive to the score line on both sides.

  10. Step 9

    Cut the glue tab every 1/4".

  11. Step 10

    Fold the end of the strip 1/4" over and cut the last glue tab piece off on both sides. Peel off the liner of the adhesive strips on both sides.

  12. Step 11

    Start at the point of the heart and tape the paper strip along the edge of the coaster heart.

  13. Step 12

    Add adhesive to the folded over piece of cardstock and adhere heart walls together.

    If the paper strip is too long, cut the overhanging piece off or adhere to the wall.

  14. Step 13

    Adhered your patterned paper heart to the inside of your box.

  15. Step 14

    Adhered two strips of crocheted lace to the back of the heart box cover.

  16. Step 15

    Adhere the patterned paper covered coaster heart in the center of the back of the heart box cover. Cut the lace down and add adhesive to the end of the lace.

  17. Step 16

    Place the top on the box bottom and adhere the lace to the box walls.

    Leave a little slack so the box top will open all the way.

  18. Step 17

    Adhere a lace strip on top the box wall. It will hide your lace "hinges".

  19. Step 18

    Decorate the box top

  20. and fill your box.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Heart 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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Lovely box project! We love the rhinestones!

Team Craftwell
TeamCraftwell  |  Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM
LOVE the pretty box design, Beate! The lace hinges are very clever!
suen  |  Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Wow, this is really cute!
Toni Storie  |  Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 12:49 PM
This is one beautiful clever creation Beate.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Thank you so very much for this wonderful tutorial, loved the wee box and will be sure to make some.
Kiwistamper58  |  Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM
Loved the video and the print out tutorial
Thank you for both and the Box is beautiful xxx
Flo  |  Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 7:13 PM
So pretty and so many different occasions this could be used for.
Sassy  |  Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM
dearest beate,what an awesome heart box .thanku for sharing the idea. i tried this with square shape it came out fantastic.
thanku again
amisha  |  Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Love this! Thanks for a great tutorial!
Jan Hobbins  |  Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM
Thank you SO MUCH!!
I have wanted to learn how to make a heart box since last year LOL!
I am going to make one for my mom for Valentines Day :o)
Your directions are so easy to understand.
Hugs, Candy
Candy  |  Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM
This is fantastic, I intend on making one as soon as I get some free time. Love what you have embellished yours with and all the colours are beautiful... thank you!
Sandie Edwards  |  Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Your Heart Box is so beautiful, and your instructions are perfect, Beate! Thanks for all of the great tips as well! They sure save on frustration later. wink
Rose Ann Reynolds  |  Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I love it but wish there were drawn templates for those of us who do not want to spend even more hundreds of dollars in a die cutting machine and tons-o-dies grin
Karen B  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 8:22 AM
I love this one. It a good craft to do,
and not hard to do.
Donna Gruszynski  |  Fri Feb 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM
Wow, I love the heart box and it looks so easy to make! I don't have all the tools, but I like Dianne's idea of using the expression. I Bookmarked Heart lines too. Looks like the have a wonderful line of stamps! Thanks for sharing how to make this heart box!
Karen  |  Sat Feb 4, 2012 at 6:26 AM
Your ideas and instructions are always clear and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing.
Grace Ellis  |  Mon Feb 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Beate - what can we say, but you're AWESOME!
Taylor  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 8:09 AM
I have these hearts, and now I have another use for them!! Great step by step tutorial, thank you for all your help......
Cheryl O  |  Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM
This is gorgeous, thank you.
Dianne Turner  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 1:27 AM

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