Puffy Box

by Brandy Whisman

Create a lovely box by tracing a CD onto your cardstock.


  • One piece of 8 1/2" x11" Glossy Cardstock
  • Scrap Paper big enough to trace a cd
  • Scissors
  • Sponge
  • approx. 30" of Ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Bone Folder (optional)
  • Black Marker
  • Stylus
  • CD
  • Stamps
  • Ink


  1. Step 1

    Trace cd onto scrap paper and cut out.

  2. Step 2

    Fold circle in half one way, then the other, dividing the circle into four equal pieces.

  3. Step 3

    Place template on CD and pull back slightly.

    Make a mark with a black marker at all four points.

    Remove the template, then use ruler to draw lines all the way across.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp glossy cardstock as desired, covering the whole sheet, then flip over.

  5. Step 5

    Trace the CD, then arrange the CD so that two of the lines are lined as shown and trace again.

    You should have two circles that are intertwined at this point. If you lay this out correctly, you can get two boxes out of one sheet.

  6. Step 6

    Move the cd around each circle, lining up the two lines and tracing again.

  7. Step 7

    Cut out around just the outside circles.

    Using a stylus, trace each of the inside lines.

  8. Step 8

    The box should look like this at this point.

  9. Step 9

    Starting with the inside area of the box, creasing at impressed lines. A bone folder can be used at this point.

  10. Step 10 (Optional)

    Set empty box aside and dye some ribbon.

    Let this dry completely.

  11. Step 11

    Fill box with a small treat or surprise and tie a ribbon around it to close.

Your Turn

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

Love the puffy box! But is there a reason why you used glossy card stock? is that essential or would any type of cardstock work? I'm thinking you might be able to use DSP...?
Jennifer  |  Wed Jun 3, 2009 at 5:06 PM
Terrific idea!!!!!!!!! Everyone should have these supplies on hand. Thank you again for sharing,
Jeanne Kuhlman  |  Wed Jun 3, 2009 at 5:09 PM
How in the world did you ever come up with this wowza idea? Are you an engineer by day?
Diane  |  Wed Jun 3, 2009 at 5:22 PM
Thanks for a great tutorial, I definitely want to try this!
ElaineS  |  Wed Jun 3, 2009 at 8:49 PM
Awesome tutorial....this is a much cuter pillow box style! tfs!
Danielle  |  Wed Jun 3, 2009 at 9:45 PM
What a sweet looking little box. Thanks for sharing.
Eveline van Heijst  |  Wed Jun 3, 2009 at 10:08 PM
Great tutorial! Love it. Thanks for sharing.
Lizette Lehmkuhl  |  Thu Jun 4, 2009 at 3:09 AM
I don't understand the part where you trace the third circle. The box looks like it is made from 2 intersecting circles. What's with the 3rd circle ?? Thanks
Barbara marshalol  |  Thu Jun 4, 2009 at 4:03 AM
What a great idea!!! I can't wait to give it a try. I have a few birthday parties and a baby shower coming up this month and these will make great favors. Thanks for the easy instructions!!!
Jen Book  |  Thu Jun 4, 2009 at 4:49 AM
WOW! This must have been a gret tutorial. I actually got it on the first try! ( ANd I'm not very spacially intelligent, so consider this a job well done. These turned out very cute. I think this might just show up on the tables at our class reunion in July! Thanks so much.
Deb H  |  Thu Jun 4, 2009 at 8:20 AM
Jennifer, I have never used reg. cardstock - not sure if there is a reason, that was just the way I learned it so did it that way - I did not create this box, just learned it and decided to write up a tutorial for it.

Barbara marshalol, You don't completely trace the circle a third time, you are using that as the edge for the inner circles, if you look at the following picture it might help to explain a little more what I am meaning. You continue around the two main circles with the cd to complete the inner ones.
Brandy Whisman  |  Thu Jun 4, 2009 at 8:46 AM
Simply wonderful! I was just looking for something cute and easy to do for baby shower favors. Here it is! YAY!
Lynne  |  Thu Jun 4, 2009 at 9:08 AM
NICE! I am sooooo using this for my hostess club.
Lesliemommy  |  Thu Jun 4, 2009 at 10:08 AM
Wow! This is so clever and the tutorial was very clear. I'm going to make a bunch of these! Thanks so much!
Jasmin  |  Thu Jun 4, 2009 at 7:27 PM
This is awesome! TFS
mdislandgirl  |  Fri Jun 5, 2009 at 2:40 AM
WoW fabulous tutorial!!
bettyannmanghi  |  Fri Jun 5, 2009 at 9:54 PM
WOW!! Very cute and oh so simple. Thanks foe the idea and the fabulouse template that I will use for years to come.
2boyzmomma  |  Sun Jun 7, 2009 at 10:23 AM
I was given one of these a few years ago. I thought there must be a special template. This is so doable! I'm thinking a great little box to put a teacher appreciation gift into. TFS!
Karla Reader  |  Sun Jun 7, 2009 at 5:08 PM
Brandy, How clever you are. It is really cute. How you manage to come up with these ideas while looking after four children is a feat in it's self. I can't wait to try this one.
Corinne  |  Sun Jun 7, 2009 at 8:03 PM
This is great. Made many pillow boxes before but this one is great and easy THANKS
pat pinzke  |  Tue Jun 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

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