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

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What a cute/clever idea.
Bonnie  |  Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 6:03 PM
These are so much fun to make! I'm making some for Christmas with gift cards in them for the kids, that way I can hang them on the tree as ornaments first. Thank you very much!
Cathy Sue  |  Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 4:25 AM
Great Idea. My teen girls club will love this! and I really like the way you used brighter colors with the stamp set.
Gail Hollar  |  Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 5:52 AM
Love this tutorial, such a fab idea, I've made one it's on my website, thank you so much for sharing.

Amanda Fowler  |  Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 1:21 PM
Very beautiful box! IŽll try it wink
Elizabeth  |  Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 7:12 AM
Cute! Can you say HOSTESS GIFT! What a neat and easy idea!
Wendy M  |  Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 9:09 AM
I love this, but the video tutorials are so helpful for me. I am rather a visual learner I guess. Love everything on this site!!! Keep 'em comin'.
Pam  |  Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 5:56 PM
Another GREAT Tutorial.. Thank you.
Nellie Rose  |  Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 6:42 PM
Three friends and I try to come together once a week and the hostess has to come up with a little tutorial for us to make (otherwise we just talk). Yesterday one of my friends used this tutorial. So fun to make. And easy too. Thank you.
Eveline van Heijst  |  Thu Oct 8, 2009 at 5:36 AM
I have a video tutorial ready to go but I dont know how to get it online - if anyone knows how to do this please pm me
Brandy Whisman  |  Sun Nov 8, 2009 at 2:07 PM
This box is so cute!! I made this and filled it with caramels and made a basket then put almond joys in that and gave that to my mom for her birthday!! She absolutely loved it!
Cara  |  Fri Apr 2, 2010 at 6:21 PM
Wow- this is a great idea! And here my suggestion- I put the paper on a small layer of foam and sign the pattern with a bonefolder- so in the inside of the later box nothing is to be seen. I hope you understand what mean.
Have a nice time!
ILo  |  Tue Dec 7, 2010 at 12:18 PM
Great tutorial! Couldn't you just score the lines with a fine stylus, and eliminate the drawing, then cut the outer score lines?!? I'm going to try this tonight!
ThatOtherSharon  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 1:44 PM
this was a fantastic fantastic tutorial... made it so easy for us..ty
amisha  |  Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM

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