Split Top Box

by Joann Jamieson

Create a card sized box with a unique center opening.


  • Cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring board
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Strong adhesive
  • Wide ribbon
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the box (used here: Heartfelt Creations Sunrise Lily Paper Collection, Cling Stamp Set and Die; Spellbinders A2 Tranquil Moments Die; Distressed Inks in Peeled Paint and Ripe Persimmon; Lemon Flower Soft)


  1. Step 1

    Cut cardstock to 8 1/2" x 7 1/4".

    Score on all 4 edges at the 1 1/2" mark.

  2. Step 2

    Make relief cuts with scissors to create the tabs as shown.

    Fold on the score lines and use a bone folder to get a nice sharp edge.

    Trim a little extra off both edges of the tabs to allow the box edges to line up nicely.

  3. Step 3

    Glue the 4 tabs to the inside of the box, taking care to get each corner nice and straight. Place glue right to the edge of each tab for maximum adhesion.

  4. Step 4

    For the box top, cut cardstock to 7 3/8" x 4 1/4".

    Score on 3 edges at the 1 1/2" mark as shown (both short sides and one long side).

  5. Step 5

    Make relief cuts to create the tabs as shown.

    Fold on the score lines and use a bone folder to get a nice sharp edge.


    Trim a little extra off both edges of the tabs to allow the box edges to line up nicely.

  6. Step 6

    Turn the piece over. Measure in 1/2" from each score line and make a small mark. Using a ruler, join the lines and cut off the angled piece as shown. Repeat for the other side of your piece. (The picture shows 1 piece removed and the other piece to be removed is identified by an "X".)

  7. Step 7

    Glue the tabs to the inside of the lid.

    There will be a little piece of the tab that will extend beyond the angle that you just cut off. Once your glue has cured simply cut this off with a pair of scissors.

  8. Step 8

    Repeat Step 4 to step 7 again for the other side of the lid.

  9. Step 9

    Place the 2 lids upside down, and the base created in Steps 1 - 3 inside the lids. Using double-sided adhesive, glue a piece of ribbon to the bottom of the box and layer it over onto the edge of the lid, creating a hinge. Hold it in place until the adhesive has cured.

    Add an additional layer of cardstock measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" to the bottom to hide the ribbon and add strength.

  10. Step 10

    Layer panels of your favorite designer paper over each section. Simply follow the pattern above, but cut instead of scoring, then trim each piece a little smaller.

  11. Step 11

    Complete the box. These measurements will accommodate a set of A2 cards.



  1. This box can be made to fit almost any size card or gift.

    The formula is the width of the box plus 2 times the height of the box by the length of the box plus 2 times the height .

    For example, to make this box 5" x 7" and 1" deep, the base would be cut 7" x 9" and scored on all sizes at the 1" mark.

  2. For the tops, the width would be the same as the box measurement plus 1/8”. The length would be 1/2 the base length plus the height of the box.

    For the 5” x 7” box, each top piece would be 7 1/8" x 4 1/2", with score lines at 1”.

Your Turn

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

Absolutely stunning Joann.
Lisa Lara  |  Thu Apr 14, 2016 at 3:53 AM
Ooh I love this Joann... Such a clever box and great step by step instructions. Definitely top of my TO Do list... Can't wait to make one too....
Amanda Bates  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 3:06 AM
What a lovely gift box. I can't wait to try it for myself!

So Glad you gave the measurements for the 5x7 size at the end - really usefull. No doubt I could likely
work out the measurements for an A5 size too.

Thank you so much for the FAB idea.
Bridget Keenor  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 4:04 AM
Thank you for a great tutorial. I have wanted instructions for a box to use when giving A2 cards as a gift. Thanks so much!
Ellen Crawley  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 5:33 AM
Joann...great tutorial--adorable split-top box!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 6:35 AM
Lovely project! Did you make the flower for the top, and if so, where did you get the pattern? Also, I wonder if Tyvek would be another good product for the hinge, because it is so thin and yet flexible.
Cheryl Aufderheide  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 9:39 AM
Now I see Heartfelt Creations Sunrise Lily dies and stamps in your "other supplies" listing. That's on my shopping list now.
Cheryl Aufderheide  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 9:53 AM
Thanks for the video, Joan. What a different box! Love it. The final results are stunning. smile
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 10:04 AM
I absolutely love this idea!! Thanks so much for your wonderful tutorial. I can't wait to make one!
Shelly Hickox  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 10:09 AM
Fantastic tutorial, Joan! How many A2 cards would fit inside this box? Would love to make a set for my friend to send to her large family. Thank you!
Kathy Bolam  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM
Always looking for box ideas for little gifts and cards - yours is great! Thanks for the step by step details.
Mary Ellen Staley  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 11:11 AM
This box is beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing it. It's so unusual. I love to decorate paper mache' boxes, but now I can make my own!
Cathy  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 2:43 PM
Love it. what glue is that you are using?
Ginny Pender  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 9:04 PM
Hi there ladies. Thank you for the lovely comments. This is my favorite box and is very easy to customise. I will try to answer the questions everyone has asked. Firstly, Tyvek or any other flexible material would work for the hinge. This box can be made deeper or more shallow to accommodate any number of cards. It all depends in how thick the cards are when they are embellished. Finally for glue I use a variety of glues. For my boxes I tend to use 3M Quick Dry and for my flowers I use Art Institute Dries Clear. You can use whatever glue you prefer, these are my go to glues. Just try to use a good strong glue and I prefer one that dries clear.

Don't forget to upload your version of the box to the gallery for everyone to see.

Have a great day!
Joann Jamieson-Larkin  |  Thu Apr 21, 2016 at 7:40 AM
I just completed this beautiful box. I love it.
But, the dimensions do not allow a 4 /14 x 5 1/2 card and envelope to fit in the box. The envelopes are bigger than the cards. The cards had to be pushed in because they are 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
So sadly, the box is too small to accommodate A2 cards.
suzanne krueger  |  Sat Apr 23, 2016 at 7:32 PM
Hi Suzanne,

I never intended this box to hold the envelopes as well. This box was designed to hold card that does not fit into conventional envelopes. If you need the box to hold the envelopes as well, simply make the box larger. For example, an A2 envelope measures 4 3/8" x 5 3/4". In order for the box to hold both the card and envelope the bottom piece would measure at least 7 3/8" x 8 3/4". If I was making the box to hold the envelopes as well I would simply start by making the bottom 7 1/2" x 9". Hope this helps.
Joann Jamieson-Larkin  |  Sun Apr 24, 2016 at 5:06 AM
This is simply beautiful. I can't wait to make one. If I can get it down easy enough, I may teach it at my next play day with our stamp group. Thanks so much.
debbie horve  |  Mon Apr 25, 2016 at 9:31 AM
Great tutorial! I love how you've drawn lines to show score lines - that's a real bonus. Just fyi, once in a while you're out of the frame somewhat (toward the top of the screen) - thought you'd want to know. : )
Beth Burns  |  Thu Apr 28, 2016 at 10:04 AM
I love this box and I've made one also I think I didn't put it in the right galery, but first of all I would like to thank you for sharing this great tutorial
johanna Montenon  |  Fri Jun 3, 2016 at 2:18 AM
I know I'm really late to the show, but I just found this tutorial. It's lovely!

And I noticed the glue you're using. I used to use that glue, and I miss it. Are you still able to find it? If not, what are you using these days? I found a similar Scotch glue, but I hate the bottle. The opening is too big, and I don't like that I can't keep the bottle tip down when I'm working.

Thank you for the tutorial -- I think I'll try it soon!
missusstory  |  Mon Aug 10, 2020 at 7:22 PM

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