DIY—Stationary Box, A2 Size

Friday, April 19, 2013

I've always wanted to figure out how to make my very own stationary boxes for gift giving and product packaging as well. I sell a few card sets in my shop and I thought it would be cute if the card sets came with a pretty box too. I love figuring things like this out because I feel that some favor box dies on the market are way too expensive and they’re not even that big. So, I’m super happy that I set some time aside to figure this out. As you can see from my images I also made these with the same ‘button and string’ theme as the A2 size envelope I made, here, over at the Lawn Fawn blog. However, today's tutorial will show you how to make this box from start to finish and this box can also hold up to 6 cards and 6 envelopes. I think I’m going to be giving things like this as gifts from now on; and, Mother’s Day is right around the corner!
First I start with a piece of pattern paper—however, you can use any type of paper that fits your needs. You can make some of these out of thick Kraft paper, or any other thick cardstock that you love. Tip: I think this project would work best with cardstock that is of  70lb. thickness or higher.
To show you how I scored the cardstock I’m going to transfer over to this cream cardstock and score the lines in black with my pen—just so you can see it better. You don’t need to use ink markers on your project. Let’s begin: Whether you’re starting off with a piece of 8 1/2” x 11” card stock or a 12” x 12” piece—cut it down to, 6 7/8” x 11”. Next lay the cardstock length wise and score at: 1 1/4”, 1 3/4", 6 1/8”, and 6 5/8” as shown in the above image. Shift the cardstock height wise and score at: 1/2", and 6 3/8” as shown in the image below. 
Once all of the score marks have been made, take your scissors and cut off the left and right sides of the lid, then cut the gusset tabs without removing them like so:
Crease the score lines using a bone folder (or your finger), and draw your button holes.
Next, round the corners of the lid (optional). 
*Switching back to pattern paper mode, hehe. 
Next you can take a small circle punch, cut two circles and punch a smaller hold in the middle (I used my Crop-a-Dile for this). Once that is done, choose your brads and attach them to your box.
Now you can assemble your stationary box using any adhesive that fits your needs. I’m using my ATG; and, I start by bringing the gusset tabs, to the tabs of the backside of the box. Then I adhered the tabs on the front of the box to the back tabs, like so:
 Lastly, attach the bakers twine and it's finished!
I made these really cute ‘Thank you’ cards for this particular box and I love them so much. They're one-layer cards (my favorite types) and I made these using my trusty Lawn Fawn stamps. I wanted to give these away as a gift—like I mentioned in the beginning of this post, and I’d like to give my readers a chance to win them! Yay! If you’d like me to mail these to you feel free to leave me a comment. I’ll pick a winner using the Random Number Generator on Monday AND I’ll send you two sets! You’ll receive this set shown in the images and I’ll make you another super cute one as well. Doesn't that sound fun? This giveaway is only for my readers within the U.S. (sorry guys). I would love to ship these out of the country but let’s face it. International shipping is so expensive right now, with USPS doubling international shipping rates ‘n all. Ok well, I hope you've enjoyed this DIY and have a great weekend! Don't forget to comment to win! 

24 comments:

  1. what a great idea! thank you for sharing...bookmarking this post for future reference.
    Debbi
    -yankeeburrowcreations

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  2. I like the cute pattern you used and this is a great idea because I seem to have so many mismatched greeting cards!
    ~Sara

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    1. Thank you, Sara! Once you give it a try--you'll want to make them all the time, like me, hehe.

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  3. LOVE this. Pinned it already! And I would definitely LOVE to win a set of your cards! Woohooo! Thanks for the chance, Nicole. =0)
    I want to try out this DIY today (but it will probably have to wait until next week, hehehe).
    ~Kim
    www.2justByou.com

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    1. Thanks for pinning! :-) These are so much fun to make, when you try one, let me know if you're addicted. LOL.

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  4. Great post! Love the paperstock you chose tor this.

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    1. Thank you! I love the paper I used too! It's Lawn Fawn card stock :-)

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  5. The greeting card is so cute! And I might come back to this one day.

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  6. LOVE. I'm international, but I still wanted to tell you how cute I thought this package was! I'm a huge fan of anything you create ♥

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    1. Thank you, Elena! I'm a huge fan of yours too! You're so amazing at your craft :-)

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial!
    I can't stop making your ‘button and string’ envelopes you shared...MUST give this box a try now:)

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I'm so happy you loved the envelope tutorial! I was addicted to make the button and string envelopes until I started making these. Now I can't stop making these boxes, haha. I love giving these out too. It's so much fun because it's 100% handmade with love.

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  8. Omg, this blog is so awesome and cute and I love the diy! I'm definetly going to follow you :)
    - Becky xox

    www.adaintyfawn.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Becky! Your blog is so cute too! I'm following now! :-)

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  9. love it!!
    It looks like a clutch!♥

    xx bARBORA

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  10. My friends last night my son birthday I share with you some interesting. Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then use one of the movers’ techniques―making a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where stress is concentrated.
    Used Boxes

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  11. Yay! I love this is much. I am forever trying to make these and never get the dimensions right. This is fantastic. Thank you thank you thank you. I cannot believe I did not see these earlier.

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  12. Fantastic tutorial, you totally simplified this! Thank you!

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