3 x 3 Card Box Instructions

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, everyone!

I have had many requests on how to make this cute box for 10 to 15, 3 x 3 cards. Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments you've made.
So here are the instructions to making this box.

Tip: I cut to size, score, and cut to shape several of these so that when I need a box I can grab one and
put it together.

Have fun making your boxes!

You may use either 8 1/2” x 11” or 12” x 12” cardstock. The advantage to 12” x 12” is that you will have a more substancial tab for assembly, but the other works fine.


Cut from 8 1/2” x 11” a piece that is 8 1/8” x 11”
Cut from a 12” x 12” a piece that is 8 1/8” x 11 1/4”


With the length across the top score @ 2”, 5 3/8”,
7 3/8”, & 10 3/4”

This is the same for both sizes.


Rotate, so that the shorter measurement is across the top, and the narrow tab section is at the bottom.

Score @ 2”, 5 3/8”, & 7 3/8”

With your scissors, cut along scorelines so your box will look like this. Be sure that the tab is on the back side of the box with the lid right next to it.

I like to cut on each side of the score line, so that you have a narrow space between folding parts as you see in the photo.

Here you can see the tab size difference depending on what size  cardstock you used.

With your paper trimmer, cut off 3/8” off of the bottom two smaller sections

With your bone folder crease all the score lines

With the outside of the box facing up, attach your Tear & Tape adhesive (or glue if you prefer) onto the tab as indicated in the photo

With the inside of the box facing up, attach your Tear & Tape adhesive (or glue if you prefer) onto the tabs as indicated in the photo

The larger tab is on the front of the box and later will be the last one to be attached.

The first part is to attach the side panel to the back panel's tab. This is 1/4” if you used 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock, or 1/2” if you used the 12” x 12” cardstock.

The bottom of your box will look like this. (I have the top flap folded toward the outside with my bone folder as weight)

Take the back flap down, and attach one of the smaller flaps to it.

Now attach the other flap.

Lastly, attach the remaining flap from the front of the box.

Your box is now complete. Take your bone folder and rub the inside bottom, to be sure of the adhesive tape's maximum adhesive qualities, or the spreading of the glue.

You can embellish your box however you please, but these are the measurements I used for colour cardstock, and DSP.

Cardstock Matting : 2 @ 3 1/8” x 3 1/8”, &
4 @ 1 3/4” x 3 1/8”

DSP: 2 @ 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”, & 4 @ 1 1/2” x 2 7/8”

Adhere the DSP onto the Cardstock

Next mark the center on the piece that will go onto the lid.

Attach the Tear & Tape adhesive on the underside before punching your hole.

If you are using wide or thick ribbon you will want to use a 1/4” hole punch.

If your ribbon/cord is narrower you will use your 1/8” hole punch.

Narrow ribbon/cord will be about 7”

Wider ribbon you will need more; about 8 or 9

Loop the ribbon and tie a knot so that you have a loop about 1” long. For wider ribbon you may want to make it longer so that the proportions look right.

Add adhesive tape to the underside of the knotted loop tails.

Slip the tails into the hole from the top...

...to the underside.

Remove the backing of the tape by the hole, and attach the ribbon tails as in the photo.

Remove remaining tape backing and attach to the top of the box, onto the lid.

Attach all other pieces and embellish your box.

These are great gift sets to give for any occasion, or just because. And of course a great way to use up your scraps!

Have fun!


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