Star Gift Box

by Joann Jamieson

Use a die cut for the front and back of this shaped gift box.


  • Star shaped die or cutting file
  • Die cutting machine (Cameo used here)
  • Cardstock for box base
  • Designer paper for layering (Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Collection used here)
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scoring tool
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (dies: Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles and Layered Poinsettia; stamps: Heartfelt Creations Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set, Dove of Peace PreCut Set, Cut Mat Create 1B Die, and Arianna Lace Die used here)


  1. Step 1

    Die cut three 6" stars out of white cardstock.

    Cut additional smaller stars from designer paper for layering.

  2. Step 2

    Cut another piece of white cardstock to 4" x 12".

    Score 1/2" in from both long sides, and also score at the 2", 4", 6" and 8" marks along the long side. Once you have scored all the lines, cut a notch at each score line. Mountain and valley fold the piece. This will be the center of your box.


    If your star is smaller than 6", measure the sides of the star and adjust the scoring and center piece to intervals of that length.

  3. Step 3

    Glue together 2 of the white stars for the back of the box. Using double layers on the back makes the box more sturdy.

  4. Step 4

    Layer the 3 remaining stars together to form the front of the box.

  5. Step 5

    Starting at one end, glue one side of the center piece to the back of the box. Work with one tab at a time, lining up score lines and points together.

  6. Step 6

    Attach the front to the center piece and then decorate as desired to complete the project.



  1. To create this box using a different shape or die, measure along the edge of the die to determine how long you need the strip of paper to be. Adjust the scoring to intervals of the length of each side so that the paper matches the shape of your die.

  2. Add a handle from side to side or front to back.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Star Gift 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 wonderful tutorial! And just in time for the holidays, too! I love the design and the ideas for variations. I hope you'll have Joann back again soon!
Kathy Clement  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 4:16 AM
This is so beautiful. Truly one of my favorites. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial. More please.
Nila Hicks  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 5:23 AM
Nice idea! Thanks for sharing~
Chana Harris  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 6:08 AM
What a pretty box! Thank you for the great tutorial. I think you did a great job for your first video.
Joyce Bodo  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 6:09 AM
Excellent video. Would not have known it was your first. As a seasoned stamper you gave me the information I needed with simple demonstration as well as additional inspiration for other types of boxes.
Only suggestion I might have would be to demonstrate the use of the score pal in this as well as the tab folds. For me it was fine, but some might need a little review of the score pal.
Thanks so much!!
clarkie  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM
Great "first" tutorial. You made this look so easy. Pretty Pretty! Thank you!
Prissequito  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 9:20 AM
Wonderful tutorial- I can see endless possibilities for things like favor boxes on a holiday table, a little tissue stuffing to present a pair of earrings and a necklace...thanks so much!
Joni  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Love the tutorial and you did a great job. Keep them coming. I am going down to the craft room to make one right now. Thanks so much for all of your work grin
Jan  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM
Great job on your first tutorial, Joann! You know I love your creations, so I will try this one soon.
muscrat  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 2:05 PM
Me again! I made some adjustments since I used sizzix die cut stars. The measurements are in my description. Hope you like it.
muscrat  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 7:46 PM
love the star and so easy. could make several for co-workers and fill with anything. thanks so much.
rachie  |  Wed Dec 3, 2014 at 11:14 PM
Love this! Just made one and it was easy. What an elegant presentation for a gift. Thanks for your lovely idea.
Merry Christmas
Ruth  |  Thu Dec 4, 2014 at 11:32 PM
I have made three of these already! I adjusted the sizes to go with my Sizzix Stars dies. The largest star is what i used for the outside. Then the box piece I cut at 4 X 9 and scored at every
1 1/2" and 1/2" on the long sides. I didn't have a cricut to cut the 6" stars and my stars were 5" to start. Everything else I followed to Joann's perfect tutorial!
muscrat  |  Fri Dec 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM
One of the very best tutorials I have watched and hard to believe it is your first. Be encouraged and I look forward to more from you. Thank you for sharing!
Audrey Andrews  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 1:07 PM
WOW this is so cool! Love it, thanks for sharing!
Julie Heyer  |  Fri Jan 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM

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