Secret Box

by Heather Perreaux

Create a box with secret trays inside.


  • One 6" x 9" piece of colored cardstock for box (red used here)
  • One 6" x 11" piece of colored cardstock for box (red used here)
  • Three 4 5/8" squares of colored cardstock for trays (red used here)
  • Four 3" squares of colored cardstock to cover box sides (red used here)
  • Three 2 7/8" squares of complementary colored cardstock to layer on box sides (green used here
  • Neutral cardstock to stamp your images
  • Three 2 3/4" squares of Patterned Paper to decorate box sides
  • Scoring Tool
  • Adhesive
  • Paper Cutter
  • Stamps (images should be no larger than 2 1/2")


  1. Step 1

    Cut and score your 6" x 9" piece of colored cardstock (A) according to the diagram.

  2. To create the 1" diagonal tab on the right hand side of the box base, line up the diagonal points of it and score. Score again 1" away from the first score line. Trim along the second score line.
    Fold all score lines and set aside.

  3. Step 2

    Score and cut the 6" x 11" (B) piece of colored cardstock according to the diagram score along all fold marks.

  4. Step 3

    Apply adhesive to the 45 degree corners on both pieces and fold inward.

  5. Step 4

    Adhere the triangle portion inward on both pieces.

  6. Step 5

    Adhere the remaining flap on the inside to complete a half box.

  7. Step 6

    Score 7/8"on all four sides of three of the 4 5/8" squares. These will become your box trays.

  8. Trim/cut according to the solid lines in the diagram.
    Fold along all score lines and adhere the corner flaps to the inside.

  9. Step 7

    Using piece (A) from Step 1, adhere one tray to the very bottom and one to the very top.

  10. Step 8

    Cut a piece of scrap cardstock measuring 1 7/8" x 5".
    Using piece (B) from Step 2, place the piece in the uppermost corner and mark 2 small marks.
    Repeat for the neighboring box side.

  11. Step 9

    Using piece (B), adhere the remaining tray using the marks made in Step 8 as a guide for the box bottom

  12. Step 10

    Stand pieces (A) and (B) together and adhere the back flap.
    Adhere one of the 3” x 3” squares to the back to cover the half flap.

  13. Step 11

    Adhere your 3", 2 7/8" and 2 3/4" squares according to the diagram.
    Cut one only diagonally.

  14. Step 12

    Adhere layered squares and triangles to box base to decorate. Stamp, layer and adhere images to finish the box.

    Make sure you adhere the image that goes on the side with the triangles only on one triangle with dimensional. If you apply dimensionals on both triangles, the box won't open.


Your Turn

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

I just love this, can't wait to make one.
Necole  |  Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 3:17 PM
appears to be a mistake in the supplies the 6x6 should be 6x9
alison  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 9:58 AM
I fixed the mistake in the supply list. Sorry about that.

Gorgeous box, Heather!!! Thanks so much for the great tutorial.
beate  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM
Where is are the templates. You said they should match but I can't find the place to download the templates.
Mary  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM
The photos are the templates. I did not include printable templates mostly because I don't like the ink that shows up on the paper of the finished project. If you zoom in on the pictures, you can easily measure and cut your pieces. smile
Heather aka Wenchie  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 6:17 PM
Just amazing ! I love it!
Carolyn  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 8:43 PM
Fabulous box, I am so gonna make this as soon as possible. Thank you for such a detailed tutorial, if I mess this up its totally my fault because you really showed us everything.
Christi Hicks  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Wonderful tutorial and project Heather! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Mon Nov 7, 2011 at 8:41 AM
Love! My friends call me the box ho, so you KNOW I'll be making one (or many!) of these! Well done, Heather!
Holly aka Toy  |  Mon Nov 7, 2011 at 9:44 AM
Love the project. Can't wait to try it. When doing diagonal scoring, I put a triangle on my Simply Scored. I also use a product called InvisiGrip by Omnigrid on the back of my ruler to keep it from slipping.
Rebecca Ruediger  |  Mon Nov 7, 2011 at 1:47 PM
Can't wait to try this tutorial! Thanks so much! One little side note: I can't read the words in the tutorial pictures and the pictures are not clickable to get a larger size. Or maybe it's just me. smile
annheidel  |  Tue Nov 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM
I made this yesterday and it came out GREAT!! It looks alot harder than it is. My suggestion is that after you make your first one and learn all the cuts and folds, make a sceond one and save it as a pattern. This way you won't have to do all that pesky measuring. Also- a score board, like score pal or SU's or MS"s saves a lot of time as well. Try it - you'll love it!
Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial with us.
sandi  |  Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Great tutorial! Just made it this afternoon with my MS score board that I got last week. Nice and easy to make, definitely worth giving a go! I'm only new to scrapbooking and this was just unbeleivable easy, yet looks so effective! Love it! I'm going to try and make it bigger next time smile
Alanna N  |  Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Great Tutorial and fabulous box - I made it with my Hougie board and it makes the measuring very easy. Thankyou for sharing this box.
Anne  |  Fri Dec 9, 2011 at 4:40 PM
What a wonderful box. I can't wait to be able to make a few myself. There are so many uses I can think of. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Joanne  |  Fri Dec 9, 2011 at 10:53 PM
This is just so cute..I going to be making this and wanted to know it there is a printable diagram to go by like you had in your video? thank you for taking the time a making this wonderful video!
Bonnie  |  Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM
need help printable diagram can you help me
Marlene Bovee  |  Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Need help !!!!! getting your print out of your Secret Box . Hope you can help me. I have try to log in and it not working want can I do ?
Marlene Bovee  |  Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Are the decorative panels just for two of the sides and the top? Can additional panels be added to the back sides?
Lynda Kuramoto  |  Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 7:03 PM
The first video played just great. I can't get the others to play at all. Am I doing something wrong?
Pam Myers  |  Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM

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