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

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Pam, they all work for me. Sorry!
beate  |  Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM
Oops! My mistake. You have to hit done first. Thanks. I am going to make one right now.
Pam Myers  |  Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 1:21 PM
I loved the tutorial - thank you! Just one important question - Where did you get your fabulous scoreboard? I'd kill for one exactly like it. Best wishes; Bibbybix.
biddybix  |  Thu Nov 1, 2012 at 4:05 AM
The scoreboard Heather used is a Martah Steward product.
beate  |  Thu Nov 1, 2012 at 5:28 AM
Huge thanks for news of Heather's scoreboard, I shall save-up and try to get a similar one in the new year. Biddybix.
biddybix  |  Fri Nov 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM
Olá! Gostei muito do seu projeto. Existe a possibilidade de você me enviar por e-mail os riscos com as medidas? Não entendo nada em inglês, mas quero muito fazer essa caixa.
Com os riscos em mãos, é bem mais fácil de acompanhar a montagem.
Agradeço desde já!
Renata Monteiro  |  Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 4:44 PM
I really love the secret box and you did a wonderful job of showing us how to make it. Thank you!
Peggy  |  Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM
Heather, Thankyou for sharing your pattern and instructions for this lovely little box. It took me ages to decide on colour combo from my SU cache and I used marina mist , Blackberry bliss and some lovely old SU paper I had. Using some lovely nature SU stamp sets and little verses from old sets, I created a Birthday box for my grand daughter's 18th this coming Thursday. I am sure she will love it.
HEATHER NOBLE  |  Tue Jun 16, 2015 at 3:46 AM
Hi Heather...I love your secret box. I took the time to make a cutting file for my Cricut Explore. Would you be interested in the link?

Thank you,

Joanne Barnes  |  Tue May 31, 2016 at 12:23 PM

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