Fold-Up Stationery Box

Fold-Up Stationery Box


Open the box–surprise!









This project makes a great gift. Inside you’ll find lots of fun surprises to delight you–or the paper lover on your gift list. While you have all your supplies out, why not make several?  The box holds 6 (4 1/4″x 5 1/2″) size cards with envelopes, 6 (3″x 3″) note cards with envelopes, 6 gift tags, a Post it pad, pen and postage stamp pocket.The design paper I used for this craft is by Sincerely Rina and is part of a design team project. I love it! The double-sided paper is delightful to work with. The only tough part is deciding which side to use! The paper collection is included in a kit entitled “Once Upon a Fairy Scrapbook Kit” (here) and comes with 9 sheets of thick, double-sided cardstock, a bundle of flowers, a bundle of ribbons and laces, a cutout sheet and a sleeve of die cuts. They are all so lovely!

I know this craft is all over YouTube and I’m not sure who gets credit for it, but I discovered it on Maymay Made It Crafts and her title is “Stationery Box Gift Set”. I followed her suggestions ( and changed it up a bit) and I’m very happy with the results. If you have a chance to visit her channel, please do; she is so sweet.

I whipped up this project and took lots of pictures. I would love to show you how I did it. Let’s go!














2 (12″ x 12″) sheets of brown cardstock

2 (8 1/2″ x 11″) sheets of teal cardstock

1 (12″ x 12″) sheet design paper (I used “Once Upon a Fairy” by SincerelyRina)

4 (4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) sheets brown polka-dot paper

Scrap light teal cardstock

6 blank cards with envelopes, scraps for decoration

Scraps of cardstock to make 6 (3″ x 3″) note cards

3 sheets copy paper to make envelopes for note cards

1 Post It 3″ x 3″ notepad

1 small pen

1 yd. of 3/4″ wide ribbon or other decoration for lid

small pieces of hook and loop tape

Misc. scraps of paper and cardstock for embellishing cards, washi tape, button for Post it holder

Adhesive of your choice ( I used Fabri-tac)

Helpful: scoring board (like this) and burnishing tool, envelope maker (like this), glue gun




  1. Cut the following pieces out of brown cardstock: (Use good quality cardstock)

1 (10″ x 12″) for main box

1 (6 1/8″ x 10 1/8″) for lid

1 (8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) for large pocket

1 ( 2  x 5 1/2″) for the notecard pocket

1 (2″ x 4 1/2″) for the tag pocket

1 (7 3/4″ x 3 1/8″) for Post it holder

1 (2 3/8″ x 3″) for stamp pocket

2. Cut the following pieces out of teal cardstock: (Use cardstock here to make the box sturdier)

3 ( 5 3/4″ x 4 3/4″) mat for back of box, back of the large pocket and front of box

1 (5 3/4″ x 2 3/4″) mat for back of small pocket area

8 (5 3/4″ x 1 3/4″) for one long mat to cover both the small pocket fronts, the two inside flaps, the two outside flaps, the box top and long sides

2 (1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″) for mat on lid ends


3. Cut the following pieces from coordinating brown polka-dot paper: (Can use paper or cardstock)

7 (1 1/2″ x 5 3/4″) for mat on inside flaps, outside flaps, lid top and lid long sides

2 (1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″) for mat on lid ends

1 (5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) for mat behind small pocket area



4. Cut the following from design paper:

3 (5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) for mat on  front and back of box, back of large pocket

1 (5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″) for mat on front of two small pockets

5. Cut the following from light teal cardstock:

5 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ (inside front)




Make the lid:

  1. Using the 6 1/8″ x 10 1/8″ piece of brown cardstock, lay 10 1/8″ side at the top of your score board and score at 2″ and 8 1/8″ . Turn one time. With the 6 1/8″ at the top edge of score board, score at 2″ and  4 1/8″.
  2. On each short end, you will have 3 small scored squares. Cut a slit on each side of the center square, only going up as far as the 1st score line you reach. Starting at the edge, trim a slight “V” at each slit, angling up to practically nothing at the top of your cut, as shown in the picture below. Burnish all folds upward.



Score lid
Cut center score marks
Cut center score marks

Cut a “V” shape on each side of the tab

(shown in a different color paper)



Glue tab

3. Put glue on tab. Fold up one side, bringing side up.








Put glue on remaining tab and bring other side up to glue together
Put glue on remaining tab and bring other side up to glue together

4. Put glue on remaining tab, bringing up other side and gluing ends together. Repeat steps 3 & 4 on other end to make a boxy shape.

Glue together end tabs









Finished lid without mats











5. Glue mats on all sides and ends. Top and two sides have teal 5 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ mats and 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ brown polka dot mats. Lid ends have teal 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ mats and 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ brown polka dot mats




Mat all sides of lid









Make the box:


  1. Using the 10″ x 12″ piece of brown cardstock, with 10″ side at the top of the score board, score at 2″ and 8″. Turn. With the 12″ side at the top of the score board, score at 5″ and 7″. Turn. With the 10″ side once again at the top of the score board, score 3/4″ JUST up to the first horizontal score line. Score at  9 1/4″ JUST up to the 1st horizontal score line.
Score lines









2. Along the 12″ side, you will see a small square of scored lines in the center of the edge. Cut a slit on each side of center small squares and cut a narrow “V” shape as in the method used on the lid above. Fold all score lines up.


Fold score lines up, cut center small squares on each side and cut a narrow “V”.










3. Glue down 3/4″ flaps. Glue down small square flaps. Both sets of flaps are used to reinforce the box.

Glue 3/4″ flaps and box bottom flaps








Main box, scored and flaps glued down--ready to go
Main box, scored and flaps glued down–ready to go











4. Time to work on the inside and glue on the pockets or compartments! As you are looking at the picture above, the front piece that houses the Post it and stamp pocket is located to the right. The center, narrow scored section is the box bottom. The part to the left houses the main card compartments.

Mat the left area with 5 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ teal and 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ design paper. (Shown with smaller pockets already attached.)

Place mats on back of large pocket area










Place large pocket on back (shown unmatted)

5. Using the 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ brown cardstock, place the 4 1/2″ side at the top of the score board and score at 3″. Turn. With the 8 1/2″ side at the top of the score board, score at 1 1/4″” and 7 1/4″. Fold up on score lines. Glue 5 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ teal mat and 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ brown polka dot mat to front of pocket you just formed. Place glue on outside of flaps just made and glue onto back of main pocket area of box, as shown, lining up edges and bottom.




Form two smaller pockets and glue (shown unmatted)

6. Using 2″ x 5 1/2″ brown cardstock, with 5 1/2″ side at the top of the score board, score at 4 1/2″ and 5″. Turn to opposite end and score at 4 1/2″ and 5″. Fold inwards to make a gusset and a flap. Place glue on outside of flaps and glue onto large pocket front, lining up on one side and the bottom. Repeat for the other small pocket using 2″ x 4 1/2″ brown cardstock. Glue onto front of large pocket right next to the other small pocket, lining up with other pocket, side and bottom. Glue in between two small pockets. Mat entire front surface using 5 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ teal cardstock and 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ design paper.



Inside completely matted

7. Using 5 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ light teal, mat large front area. Mat side flaps with

5 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ teal and 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ brown polka dot. See picture for complete inside matted.

8. In a similar manner, now mat the entire outside of the box. Use 5 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ teal for the front and back. Glue 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ design paper on the front and back. Glue 5 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ teal mats on the front outside flaps. Glue on 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ brown polka dot on the teal on outside flaps.

The box is now complete!! Fold up , put the lid on and enjoy!







Glue ribbon around lid

To make bow:(This is how I make mine to lay exactly in place)

  1. Glue ribbon around lid. Glue in a few spots to secure. Hot glue holds well and doesn’t “leak” through the ribbon.
  2. Loop bow and tie center with thread.
  3. Cut a small piece of ribbon, crimping together at ends. Adhere around center of bow. Trim any ends close to loops of bow.
  4. Cut long ties for bow. Adhere to lid center. Glue bow on top.




Tie bow with thread
Make a small pouf for bow center








Bow plus long ties
Box, lid and bow














Use 6 purchased 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards with envelopes. Use washi tape, cut outs from the “Once Upon a Fairy” design paper, other paper scraps, rubber stamps, embossing, paper punches, ribbon, baker’s twine, etc. to decorate your cards.Use what you can find!

The cutouts I used here are from the design paper kit.

The cards tuck into the large pocket. Here are my examples:


Decorated cards





























3″ x 3″ note cards:

Cut (6) 3″ x 6″ pieces of cardstock scraps. Fold in half widthwise to make a 3″ x 3″ note card. Decorate as desired using scraps, washi tape, stamps, die cuts, etc.

To make envelopes for the notecards, I used a We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board (here), following their instructions.

I created the two diagonally striped cards with rows of washi tape along with cardstock scraps and fairy paper scraps.

The note cards and envelopes fit into the larger of the two front pockets. Here are some examples:


Note cards

















Make 6 gift tags and decorate as desired. I used a Fiscars tag punch (here) and used stamps, embossing supplies and washi tape, seam binding and baker’s twine from my stash. Examples:


Gift Tags















Pen holder:

Cut a small piece of brown cardstock, roll around pen for sizing. Loosen slightly. Flatten slightly. Glue to make a cylinder. Glue onto inside front near the bottom so that when the pen is inserted, it is centered.

Pen holder










Post it holder:

Cut a 3 1/8″ x 8 3/4″ piece of brown cardstock. Pull half of Post it sheets off the original pad. (We will only be able to use half the sheets otherwise it will be too thick to fit in our box when it is folded.) Wrap paper around Post it pad so that it wraps around the front of the pad with the top half slightly longer than the bottom. Burnish folds. Place glue on back of Post it pad. Glue to paper. Decorate front with scraps of paper. To keep holder closed, glue on a button, leaving a gap free of glue so the flap can tuck under the button.

Glue  two hook and loop dots to back of Post it holder in the back at the bottom. Hook the two hook/loop components together, place glue on backs of those, then carefully adhere to inside front, close to one side. (Hot glue works well here.) The hook/loop tape will enable you to replace the Post it pad if needed. When you do replace it, you will have to use your fingernail to pry the two components. If you try to pull the Post it holder off the box, something will tear. Hmmm…how do I know that? ; ^ )


Fold paper for Post it holder
Glue on hook and loop dots







Goodies on the fold-up front
Decorate and place Post it holder onto inside front
Decorate and place Post it holder onto inside front (you can see the hook/loop dots are glued underneath at the bottom)












Stamp pocket:

Cut a 3 1/8″ x 3 1/4″ piece of brown cardstock. Score 1/4″ on three sides. Fold up and burnish well. The unfolded edge is the top of your stamp pocket. Unfold and cut off corners to reduce bulk in corners.

Place glue on the flaps and glue onto inside front, centering to fit. Decorate front of pocket. I used pieces of an antique postcard.


Clip corners
Stamp pocket















Even though the instructions are long, it does go together quickly. It’s so fun! A suggestion from Maymay Made It was to make a white mock up of the box with the measurements of the mats written on the corresponding spaces. I think that’s a clever idea, especially if you plan on making several. I know I was unsure of what colors would go where so I matted everything after the box was completely done. That’s an option too. Whatever is fastest and easiest for you.


I love this box and hope you do too. Happy crafting!

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2 thoughts on “Fold-Up Stationery Box

  1. This is perfect for Christmas! Thank you so much. I messaged Rina about a gift box like this. She turned me on to your blog. It’s perfect!

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