Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Tutorial, Surprise Box.

Hi everybody,
I came across this lovely box while looking for something else and I loved it so much that I have made several. Here is the link to the original post... Surprise box from Dawns Stamping Studio. 
She has a video to demonstrate it.

Anyway I learned a lot by making them and have changed the measurements to centimeters.
Further down I will putsome extra sizes and scorelines so you can make a bigger or a smaller box.

Just a few facts to start....
From an A4 sheet of card you can get a 5cm or 6cm sq box and the wrap around to finish it.
From an A4 sheet of card you can get a 7cm box but you won't have a piece left over to wrap around  it.
From a 30cm x 30cm  (12'' x 12'')sheet of card you will get two 5cm boxes.

I used 280g and 300g cardstock. If you use a lighter one then decorate all the sides with decorative paper....that will strengthen it.

6cm Surprise Box..

Cut your card stock 18cm by 24cm. Keep the long 3cm piece for the wraparound.

Using a scoreboard place the long side to the edge of the board and score at 6cm and 12cm.
Turn the card and with the short side at the edge of the board score the card at 3cm, 9cm, 15cm and 21cm.

Keeping the card where it is score at 5cm from the top edge to the first horizontal scoreline
 and from the second horizontal scoreline to the bottom of the card.
 Don't score through the center square.
Repeat this on the right hand side at 19cm. This is shown where the PINK lines are.

Fold all your main scorelines to the inside except the short ones. Crease them well to get a good crisp finish on your box.

Using a scissors cut into the short score lines where indicated in GREEN and along the indicated green lines. Take a little piece out at the corner of the short flap to make it easier to move the covers of the box.

Your piece should look like this now.

Next, fold in the middle box pieces 
and mark where you will put the glue
Glue the center box together.

I then measure the top of the box to see it it is 
square and so that the sides will come up over it.

Then folding the sides together check that they will fit over your center box. Adjust if they don't.

Fold back the little flaps and add glue to both 
(it is hard to put glue on the second one when the first is stuck)
Stick the little flaps on both sides so as to complete the side covers.

And there you have it!

Now for the wrap around....

Take the piece that you took off the long side 3cm by 31cm and starting at the bottom of the box, wrap it around gently creasing where it goes over the edges of the box. leaving an overlap to stick it together mark where you will glue. 

Note: have the band snug around the box but not so tight that you will not be able to get it off.
 If you are using a card band and paper on top - wrap and bend the card around first, then stick the decorative paper on top as it will have to go over the card. If you stick both together and then wrap around the box the card will buckle.....I found that out the hard way.

Decorate you box as desired. You can also use ribbon around the band and bows on top.
You can distress the edges or using an alcohol marker on the edge of the band.
Use lace, corner peel offs, buttons......
You can put a personal message or little verse inside the box lid. Have fun with it.

Box made with light card and decorated with a heavy paper.

5cm sq box - Cut card 15cm by 20 cm.
                      Long side at edge of board and score at 5cm and 10cm.
                      Short side at board edge and score at 2.5cm,7.5cm, 12.5cm and 17.5cm. 
                      Then score at 3.5 and 16.5 for the flaps, top and bottom but not through the
                       center square.

7cm sq box - Cut card 21cm by 28cm.
                      Long side at edge of board and score at 7cm and 14cm.
                      Short side at board edge and score at 3.5cm, 10.5cm, 17.5cm and 24.5cm.
                      Then score at 5cm and 23cm for the flaps, top and bottom but not through 
                       the center square.

Well that is it, I welcome comments and I hope you have fun trying out some boxes. 
Happy Crafting,
Kay XX.


  1. great tutorial, very easy to follow,

    1. Thank you Yvonne, That means a lot to me from you.

  2. Fabulous tutorial and love the idea. Thank you for sharing.

    Linda xxx

  3. A great tutorial Kay and they are really fabulous boxed.
    Janet xxx

  4. Love this and thanks for the tut xx Jan

  5. You make it sound so easy - thanks for sharing this tutorial - must have a go at it!!
    Great boxes!

  6. So many gorgeous boxes, thank you for the tutorial

  7. these are beautiful boxes Kay.

    gr karin

  8. Wonderful tutorial thanks for sharing. Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Bloggers network facebook page hugs Tania (DT) xx

  9. Gorgeous boxes, hun, and a fabulous tutorial, thank you for sharing xxx

  10. Brilliant. I'm going to make one tomorrow. Thanks, Aiveen.

  11. Brilliant. I'm going to make one tomorrow. Thanks, Aiveen.

  12. These are gorgeous and such a brilliant fold!!! I love how simple the layout is and how it goes together. Thank you for the tutorial and measurements etc, I will be giving these ago!

    <3 & hugs
    Lisa xxxx

  13. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  14. I'm on vacation and can't stand that I can't start making these right away {sigh}. You can be sure that as soon as I get home I will become a box making machine!


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