Fold Over Box

I’m in love with doing my own gift boxes and this newest project is one of my favorites; the ideas are swirling in my head! One of the easiest boxes to create, I’m sure it will be a favorite of yours too.

Let’s Get Started

  1. Use 100 lb/300 gsm cardstock to cut the following: (2) 6″ x 9″ and (1) 10″ x 10″ square.

2. On the two 6″ x 9″ pieces, score at 3-inches and burnish. On the 10″ square, score at 3-inches and 7-inches, then turn 90-degrees and repeat.

3. Starting at the top, use a pencil to mark a 3/4″ from the outside. Next, using a ruler, use the pencil to mark a diagonal line from that 3/4″ mark to the corner as shown above. Turn the square 90-degrees and repeat for the remaining 3 sides as shown. Use scissors to cut out this section as shown. Burnish all the score lines.

4. Cut panels for your panels for both the Cover Fold and the Box:

(4) 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″

(4) 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

(1) 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (I use white cardstock)

(2) 5 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

(2) 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

(1) 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″

(8) 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

5. Glue your panels on your Fold Base–**Be sure to place your ribbon down before you glue your panels!!

6. Put your box together as shown on the FaceBook video. Apply glue to the underneath and set in place, centering it.

7. All you need to do now is decorate with beautiful paper flowers!

Pop Up Book Card

A Pop Up Book Card is unique and makes a perfect gift card. I kept this one pretty simple, but you can get as creative as you like, both with your bouquets and how you dress up the card inside.

Let’s Get Started

This makes into a 6″ square, side opening card. Start with your base and trim to 6″ x 12″–score at 6″ for the fold.

For the second layer, that creates the Pop Up Book, choose a double sided cardstock. Trim to 5 7/8″ x 12″ and follow the template (and my video on Facebook-Susan’s Garden Club) for cutting and scoring, trim 1/16″ of an inch from each of the long sides before adhering it to the card base.

You will glue the sides as shown in green and adhere to the card base.

The finished inside of the card with panels:

(2) 3″ x 3 3/4″

(2) 1/2″ x 3 3/4″

Now go be creative!

Pizza Box

These Pizza Boxes are so easy to make and I know they will become a favorite as they have for me. No sense investing in a die when we can make these ourselves!

Let’s Get Started!

First, trim a sheet of 100 lb./300 gsm cardstock to 11″ x 6″.

Then score it along the 11-inch side at:

1″ 5″ 6″ 10″

Turn your cardstock to the 6-inch side and score at:

1″ 5″

Finally, cut the tabs as shown and burnish all scored lines!

Now decorate:

Panels: (2) 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and (4) 3/4″ x 3 3/4″

Treats or using this to hold a Paper Flower Necklace finished with Resin are perfect for gift giving!

Book Box

On Wednesday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m., I will be doing a demo on creating a book box, a very practical box that can hold all sorts of treasures.

Here are the measurements for you to cut out, if you want to do it along with me!

Base: 10″ x 12″out of 100 lb (310 gsm) cardstock

Also cut (2) Covers (front & back) 5″ x 6 3/4″ and a (1) Spine 1 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ from the same cardstock

For the Box you will score at the following lines:

12″ side — 1 1/2″ 3″ 9″ 10 1/2″

10″ side — 1 1/2″ 3″ 7″ 8 1/2″

Cut away the corners as shown on all 4 corners:

You also need to score 1/4-inch on one side of the Covers:

Cover Panels:

(4) 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

Spine Panels:

(1) 1 1/2 x 6 1/2″

(1) 1 1/4″ x 6 1/4″

Sides of Boxes:

(2) 1 1/4″ x 5 3/4″

(2) 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″

Watch the video on my FaceBook on Wednesday to see how I assemble this easy book box and decorate with beautiful, realistic paper flowers!

Diamond Pop Up Card!

Yesterday, through a fabulous ZOOM class sponsored by Enchanted Cottage, we created a Diamond Pop Up Card. I was asked to give the measurements and directions so more Pop Ups can be made!

Step 1 – Trim white, 100 lb. cardstock to 12″ x 6″. With the 12″ side up on your score board, score at 3″ and 6″.

Step 2 – Use a pencil to mark the six-inch section at 3 inches on all sides as shown. You will cut away the end pieces as shown, but use the other marks to score for folding the card.

Fold along all score lines and burnish.

Step 3 – You will need to cut the following from double sided printed cardstock:

(2) 4″ x 4″

(4) 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ – Cut these squares in half diagonally to give you 8 triangles.

(1) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ – cut in half diagonally to give you 2 triangles (you’ll only need one for this card, so save the other for another card.

(1) 2 3/4″ x 5 3/4″

Use the BearlyArt Glue to adhere all the pieces to your card base.

Front of the card — In the “triangle section” use Red Line Tape, then fold your card down over and adhere to the rectangle.

Back of the card — I covered all sections.

Now that your card is covered and it’s ready to create a beautiful bouquet!

Create a Box for Your Floral Cards

I’m always being asked…”How do you send these dimensional cards or even give them?” Most of the time, I do invest in acrylic boxes I purchase through Clear Bags; #FB81 is perfect for my 6″ x 6″ cards. However, I do know, some of the paper gardeners may not have the access or want to spend the money on these acrylic boxes, so I have stepped out how to make one out of cardstock.

I recommend you use a 100 lb./300 gsm weight cardstock, but these boxes can be decorated and make the gift even more special.


Step 1 – You will need a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock for the base, trimmed to 9 1/4″ x 9 1/4″. For the Lid, you can use either another 12″ x 12″ piece or a 8 1/2″ x 11″, trimmed to 7 3/4″ x 7 3/4″.

Step 2 – Before any scoring, trim the Base piece by 1/16″ on one side, turn 90-degrees and trim 1/16″ again.

Step 3 – Place the Base on a score board and score 1 1/2″ on all sides. Place the Lid on the score board and score 3/4″ on all sides.

Step 4 – Fold and burnish all sides, then use scissors to cut, on two opposing sides and trim those tabs to create a “trapezoid” shape as shown.

You will so this on both the base and lid.

Step 5 – Apply glue to the tabs and fold in to form a box.

Step 6 – For the Lid, repeat cutting in and trimming the tabs, but before you glue, if you want to have cuts out on the side for ease of lifting the lid, find the center and mark it. Use a circle punch to take out a “semi-circle on two opposing sides.

*If you want to add decorative paper for the top of the box, glue it down before you glue the sides together.

FOR A 5″ X 7″ BOX

Directions are the same to construct, but here are the measurements.

Base: 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″ (remember to take 1/16″ off two sides before scoring!)

Lid: 6 3/4″ x 8 3/4″

Explosion Box with an Easel Card

While the Explosion Box has been around for some time…I decided to give it a new twist with an Easel Card setting on top for this Valentine’s Day gift.

You can watch the video on my FB page, Susan’s Garden Club, to see how easily this box goes together, but here are the measurements for cutting.

Large Box

For the Base

You will need a 12″ x 12″ piece of either double-sided cardstock or, as I used a 100 lb. (230 gsm) white cardstock and added patterned cardstock panels.

Score 4″ for all four sides, then cut the corners out, using a paper trimmer. Burnish all the sides. This leaves you with a cross-looking unit.

For the Lid

Trim the same double-sided or white cardstock to 6 1/8″ x 6 1/8″. Score 1″ for all four sides and burnish. Create the tabs and glue as I showed on my video.

Medium Box

For the Base

Trim a 12″ x 12″ piece of double-sided cardstock to 11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″.

Score 3 3/4″ for all four sides, then cut the corners out, using a paper trimmer as above.

For the Lid

Trim your cardstock to 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″. Score 1″ on all four sides and burnish. Create the tabs and glue.

Small Box

For the Base

Trim a 12″ x 12″ piece of double-sided cardstock to 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.

Score 3 1/2″ for all four sides, then cut the corners out, using a paper trimmer as above.

For the Lid

Trim your cardstock to 5 5/8″ x 5 5/8″. Score 1″ on all four sides and burnish. Create the tabs and glue.

Finally, glue the Medium Box in the center of the Large Box and repeat with the Small Box in the center of the Medium Box.

Creating an Easel

I cut a piece of cardstock 3 3/4″ x 7 1/2″. Score at 3 3/4″ and again at 5 7/8″. Burnish both folds. Adhere to your Box Lid. Trim a separate piece of cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and adhere to the smaller scored area. For the “brace” of the easel…I added a quote trimmed to 3/4″ x 3 1/2″, adhered it to a coordinating piece of cardstock that was trimmed 1″ x 3 3/4″ (see sample above.)

Simple and such a nice surprise for the recipient; especially when you filled that last box with treats!

Twisted Pop Up Card…made simple

This is a fun card to create and guaranteed to amaze the recipient–whether they’re young or old! I’ve stepped it out here, but you can also watch my LIVE on Susan’s Garden Club FB page for a video to accompany these directions.

Let’s Get Started

Step 1

For the base of the card, it is a 6″ x 6″ which means you need a 12″ x 6″ piece of cardstock. Score it along the 12″ side to divide in half at 6″. For the panels of patterned cardstock, you will need to cut three (3) 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ pieces.

Next, you will need to cut a piece of cardstock 11″ x 3 3/4″. Score on 2 3/4″ – 5 1/2″ – 8 1/4″ to create a 4-panel piece. For the panels of patterned cardstock, you will need to cut four (4) 2 1/2″ x 3 1/3″ pieces.

Add the panel pieces to this side. For construction, your piece should be in a “M” shape, but with the open side facing you and the panels on the inside.

Finally, for the “mechanism”, cut a piece of cardstock that is 8″ x 3 1/2″. Along the 8″-side, score at 4″ and notch at 2 1/4″ and 5 3/4″. Turn this piece 180-degrees and notch along the long side at the same ( 2 1/4″ and 5 3/4″). Lastly, turn the paper to the 3 1/2″ side and score down the center at 1 3/4″. You need to score the paper from the 2 1/4″ notch to the 5 3/4″ on the opposite side as shown. Burnish all score lines, making sure you do a “valley fold” for this last score line and connecting the notched measures with an X as shown.

Holding those short sides, push in so you get a piece that has two separate sections and a “roof!”

Step 2

Measure 1 1/4″ on one of the leg pieces and mark with a pencil. Use Red Tape to add to pieces to this area as shown as well as the “roof” area.

Flip this piece over and repeat, taping on the opposite side. Before you peel off the double-sided tape, place your 4-panel piece between the opening and center it.

Add a pencil mark, so you know where this goes once you pull the tape covering off. Press to securely adhere and flip the piece over to repeat on the opposite side.

Step 3

Open up your card base and mark the middle of the card at 3″. Peel away the tape on the “roof” and line it up on the 3-inch mark, away from the fold line of the base card, and adhere down. Finally, peel away the tape and close the card. Press down to adhere.

Open up the card and see the magic happen. I hope you enjoyed this card because I enjoyed creating it for you!

Pretty Paper Bouquet Holders

Bouquet holders have been around for years and years–mostly known as “Nosegays.” I have created a simple one for you to do and fill with your favorite flowers for special occasions or just to put a smile on someone’s face during this Pandemic!

All you need is a 4-inch circle–either die cut one, trace the one I have done here, or use a compass to draw one. Next, I have provided the “cone” shape that fits a 4-inch circle. Mark with a pencil and use a small ball stylus to score the lines. Fold and burnish the lines. Add a small piece of tape or you can glue where one piece overlaps the other. Place a piece a tape down the center of the underside that will adhere to your card and you’re ready to fill with flowers and foliage.

Have fun and create beautiful bouquets!

I used Suzanne Cannon’s Valentine Papers for my demonstration. You can find her created papers on the Silhouette site, along with some really creative pieces to use with your flowers.

Fold Flat Double Faceted Box

This unique box is perfect to give treats to children, grandchildren, or just that special someone in your life. It’s easy to construct, starting with a 12″ x 12″ piece of 100 lb. (270 gsm) cardstock and I know you’ll love these boxes as much as I do.

Step One

Trim the 12″ x 12″ cardstock to 12″ x 10 1/2″. Starting with the 12″ side, score as follows:

1″ – 1 1/4″ – 3″, then turn and have these score lines on your right hand side to repeat the same measurements on the left hand side.

Turn paper to have the 10 1/2″ side at the top of a score board and score the following:

1 1/2″ – 5″ – 6 1/2″ – 10″

You will also need to “notch” with your stylus at the 3/4″ and 5 3/4″ at the second score line (1 1/4″), turn the paper over and do the same on the other side. Use your stylus to draw a triangle from the notch to the score lines as shown.

Step Two

Use scissors, or a paper trimmer, to cut away from the second score line across. Also cut the small area at the 10″ mark as shown.

Step Three

Measurements for the decorative papers are as follows:

(2) 5 3/4″ x 3 1/4″

(2) 5 3/4″ x 1 1/4″

(4) 3 1/4″ x 1 1/2″

You can tape or glue these onto your box. Use a 1/2″ round punch to add a half-circle to one end for easy opening of the tab.

Step Four

Now, all you have to do is apply tape (I use Red-Line) on the tab and close up the box.

I’m sure you will enjoy making these as much as I have to fill with candies or small gifts to give!