Stationery Box

by Jackie Topa

Make a beautiful gift box to hold stationery, notecards, a pen and postage.

Supplies

  • One 12 "x 12" piece of heavy patterned paper (box base)
  • One 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of heavy patterned paper
  • One 5 1/2" x 2" piece of heavy patterned paper
  • One 4 1/2" x 2" piece of heavy patterned paper
  • Six 3 1/2" x 6" pieces of lined paper
  • One 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" piece of heavy patterned paper
  • One 2" x 3" piece of heavy patterned paper
  • One 2" x 1 1/2" piece of heavy patterned paper or cardstock
  • One 10 1/8" x 6 1/8" piece of cardstock (lid)
  • Two 6" x 1 3/4" pieces of heavy patterned paper
  • Two 2" x 1 3/4" pieces of heavy patterned paper
  • Hole punch
  • Brads
  • Pen
  • Sticky Strip™ or other strong adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Scoring tool

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Score the 12" x 12" piece of heavy patterned paper at 5" and 7". Turn paper 90 degrees and score at 3" and 9" in the other direction.

  2. Step 2

    Cut sides to score lines. Fold these cut pieces into the center and glue down for extra support.

    This will make the bottom of your card box.

  3. Step 3

    Cut 1 3/4" off each side of the top panels only. Score the bottom two panels at 1" and 11".

  4. Step 4

    Score both short sides and one of the long sides of the 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of heavy patterned paper at 1 1/4".

  5. Step 5

    Trim the corners and apply Sticky Strip™ to scored sections.

  6. Step 6

    Fold up the top of the card box and attach this piece to the box to form a holder for the cards.

  7. Step 7 (Optional)

    Use a pair of scissors to angle the paper from the top corner of the card box to the top corner of the card pocket.

  8. Step 8

    Score the 5 1/2" x 2"and the 4 1/2" x 2" pieces of cardstock at 1/2" and 1" from each end. Apply Sticky Strip™ along the score lines of the outer sections and to one of the inner sections as shown.

  9. Step 9

    Attach the pockets to the front of the card holder.

  10. Step 10

    To make the address book, cut some lined paper to 3 1/2" x 6". Six pieces were used here, but the book can be any thickness.

    Score the 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" piece of heavy patterned paper at 3 1/4" and 3 3/4" . Fold in half, insert the lined paper, punch three holes and insert brads.

  11. Step 11

    Embellish the address book and glue it to the bottom half of the card box, leaving enough room for the pen and stamp envelope.

  12. Step 12

    Score the 2" x 3" piece of heavy patterned paper at 1/2" on both short sides and one long side. Trim corners and fold scored pieces under.

  13. Step 13

    Embellish the stamp envelope as desired and glue it down beside the address book.

  14. Step 14

    Wrap the 2" x 1 1/2" piece of cardstock or patterned paper loosely around pen making a loop. Center the pen and then attach the loop to the stationery box.

  15. Step 15

    Decorate the pen to match the stationery box by inserting a piece of patterned paper into the barrel of an RSVP® pen or adhere a piece to the outside of the pen.

  16. Step 16

    Score the 10 1/8" x 6 1/8" piece of cardstock at 2” on all sides. Cut the vertical score line up to the horizontal score line and trim the corners.

  17. Step 17

    Fold the ends up to form the lid and glue in place or use Sticky Strip™.

  18. Step 18

    Glue the two 6" x 1 3/4" and 2" x 1 3/4" pieces of heavy patterned paper to the lid and make an embellishment for the center.

  19. Step 19

    Make some cards to fill up the card box.

  20. Step 20

    Make some 3” x 3” note cards.

  21. Step 21

    Make some tags.

  22. Step 22

    The finished stationery box.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Stationery 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 love this project/.....it is perfect for teachers, anyone who works at an office, students.

Thanks for sharing!

Micey
Micey  |  Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 7:14 PM
Great project but would be nice to know how many pieces of matching 12 x 12 cardstock I need to begin instead of doing all the math for all the smaller pieces.
terpfan  |  Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 10:22 AM
I think this is a terrific project! One day I'll have ago at making it!
Susie  |  Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 1:52 AM
Is there some sort of copyright to the pattern? I am not sure how it works.
Jessica M****  |  Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM
The only thing I did differently was use a small thin craft Magnet on the back of the Address book and the box so that if it needed to be updated or changed it could be.

I made this as a Mothers Day Gift with the idea that I could refill it when needed
Amanda  |  Sat May 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM
This is one of the cutest paper project I have seen in awhile. I can't wait to cut several "sets" and have a production line. My cousin will be leaving for Afghanistan soon.......just think of all the boxes I need to make for everyone to keep in touch with him.

Thank you!!!
Beverly  |  Wed May 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM
where can you get cardstock from ?
from england
liz  |  Sun Jul 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM
Had a lot of fun making this. Thanks so much for sharing. Sandy smile
Sandy  |  Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 2:11 AM
This is so so so so cute I have made one too I am going to upload it onto the gallery soon.
Lucy
Lucy  |  Wed Jun 5, 2013 at 1:50 AM
This totally rocks XD
Lucy  |  Wed Jun 5, 2013 at 4:45 AM
Such a great tutorial!! Mahalo nui for sharing all the deets!
Goodly Creations  |  Fri Sep 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Thank you so much for creating this tutorial. I will be making these this week - and trying cereal box chipboard for added strength. This is so creative/engineered - brilliant!
Janet Ashley  |  Mon Dec 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

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