Mini File Box

by Chris Slogar

Make a mini file box to package handmade tags.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Early Espresso used here)
  • Envelope Punch Board
  • Paper trimmer
  • Bone folder
  • Stapler
  • Adhesive (Stampin’ Up! Fast Fuse and Dimensionals used here)
  • Scissors
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin’ Up! supplies used here: Real Red 3/4” Stitched Ribbon, Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Whisper White Cardstock, Crumb Cake and Real Red inks. Tags: Candy Cane Lane designer series paper; Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine; Kraft Rope Trim; Mini Pompom Trim; Candy Cane Christmas and Tin of Tags stamp sets; Real Red, Early Espresso and Versamark inks; various circle punches and white embossing powder)


  1. Step 1

    Cut cardstock to 6” x 6”.

    Place cardstock on Envelope Punch Board. Punch and score at 2” and 4”. Rotate cardstock 180 degrees and punch and score opposite side at 2” and 4”.

  2. Step 2

    Rotate the cardstock 90 degrees. Line up the scoring guide with each score line. Punch and score at each score line.

  3. Step 3

    Rotate the cardstock 180 degrees to the fourth side. Line up the scoring guide with each score line, but this time PUNCH ONLY at each score line – do not add score lines on this last side. The corner that is not scored will become the top of the file box, and there is a section of it that will be cut off in the next step.

    Round corners if desired.

  4. Step 4

    Align notches with the groove in the trimmer track as shown, and cut off the corner that is not scored.

  5. Step 5

    Holding the cardstock as shown in the picture, snip along two vertical score lines between horizontal score lines to create flaps for the box bottom.

    Burnish all score lines.

  6. Step 6

    Add adhesive to the box bottom flaps and carefully form the box bottom.

  7. Step 7

    Add adhesive to one of the overlapping flaps at the front of the box and complete the box front.

  8. Step 8

    Attach the end of a 9” length of ribbon to the box front with a stapler, catching all layers of cardstock to secure. Staple so that the flat side of staple is inside the box.
    Wrap ribbon around the box and staple again to secure the end. Trim excess ribbon.

    A strip of designer paper can be used instead of ribbon.

  9. Step 9

    Add desired embellishments to hide the ribbon ends and staples.

  10. Step 10

    Cut 2" x 4 1/4" strips of cardstock for tags. Use a tag topper punch (Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Tag Topper used here) or hole punch to create a hole for ribbon. Decorate each tag as desired.

  11. Complete the project, filling the box with tags or other treats.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Mini File 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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Great project and great video tutorial so we can easily create this project ourselves:)
Trish Bennett  |  Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 4:04 AM
What a wonderful idea.... I cant wait to try it!!!!
bette  |  Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 5:01 AM
Looks great, but I don't have a punch board!
Brenda Scowcroft  |  Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 5:56 AM
LOVE this tutorial! It is an adorable box. I need to try it smile
Helen Gullett  |  Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 5:58 AM
Would just like to say I love the way you do the written tutorial & also do a video as I personally love seing them be made.

Gaylene Aston  |  Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 6:10 AM
Cute box/gift idea Chris---wished you used a lighter color for the box so we could see the score/cut lines...but I get it--use my envey maker all the time - thanks for sharing!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 7:06 AM
Great little box and easy to do. Thanks for sharing. Lots of potential here. ☺
Lynn Lipchak  |  Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 8:06 AM
Thanks for sharing, so easy and so useful!
Miriam Pastori  |  Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 9:15 AM
I had to make one right away! Too stinkin' cute. I love it.
Thank you for sharing!
Kym  |  Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 9:35 AM
Chris, what a great tutorial! Loved the video, which is very clear and well done. And what great step-out photos and explanation! Thanks for your time and beautiful inspiration! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 2:53 PM
This is just so appropriate. I do a tag exchange every December with my Card Club girls. I, too, don't have the envelope punch board. Do you have any helpful hints for making the box without the board? Thanks for your help.
Linda  |  Sat Nov 12, 2016 at 8:40 PM
Love this. Directions were clear and it was fun!
muscrat  |  Mon Nov 14, 2016 at 2:52 PM
Oh, thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial! I just made 10 of these to put in Christmas gift bags for my daughters' school teachers and youth group leaders.
Nicole Steele  |  Thu Nov 17, 2016 at 1:09 PM
Thank you for the nice comments! For those of you asking how to make this without the envelope punch board, I am sorry, I don't have those directions. I developed this specifically for the envelope punch board when I saw a similar project with the box punch board, which I don't have. Perhaps some trials with a diagonal scoring plate and snipping notches with scissors would yield a similar result.
Chris Slogar  |  Fri Dec 30, 2016 at 7:44 AM
I was wondering if I could use the stampin up gift box punch for this project? I do not own the envelope punch.

Thank you,
Carolyn  |  Thu Oct 25, 2018 at 3:06 PM
I have seen similar projects made with the gift box punch board, but I am afraid I do not have directions. I designed this for my envelope punch board because I don't own the gift box punch board. Chris
Chris Slogar  |  Fri Oct 26, 2018 at 8:17 PM

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