Make A Little Something: Self-Closing Boxes

I’ve wanted to try these self closing boxes for a while.  Like so many great papercraft ideas, they are simple to make and have a great wow factor!

I think the original design came from Kerren Howell.  I also watched Dawn Griffith’s tutorial video.

This was the style we made during Tuesday’s card class using the Into The Woods DSP (now on special!) and the thank you stamp from the hostess stamp set “A Whole Lot of Lovely“.

Self-Closing Box. Into the Woods DSP & A Whole Lot of Lovely stamp set. Kelly Kent -

As usual I left my class prep until the last minute and went with the UK/US sizing to make these.

After the class I sat down and made a few minor adjustments to get them to fit into half an Australian sized A4 page, which increases their economy – making them great for mass produced gifts for work collgeaues.  Thanks to Nanna Papercraft for helping me out with the Merry Moments production line!

Self-Closing Box - Australian measurements. Merry Moments DSP & Santa's Gifts stamp set. Kelly Kent -

Instructions for a Self-Closing Box using Australian A4 cardstock:

  • Cut your A4 cardstock in half (each piece will be 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″)
  • Take one piece and score along the long edge at 4″ & 8″ (this will leave a 1/4″ tab for the side of your box)
  • Score 15/16″ from each short edge
  • Get your long edge ready for scoring again, with the orientation so that your tab at the right edge
  • Score at 2″ & 6″ but just to meet your 15/16″ line.
  • Score your triangles from making a line from each of the bottom four corners (of the middle panels) to the top middle of the panels (see picture!)
  • Cut the two corners next to your tab & along the three little lines (2″, 4″, 6″) until you get to the score line.
  • Fold along all your score lines, taking care not to extend past the lines.

This is what your box will look like when you’ve done all the cutting & scoring.

Self-Closing Box Australian Measurements. Kelly Kent -

Note: this view is actually upside down compared to your finished box.  The tabs at the top will make the bottom of your box.

To finish your box:

  • Cut two pieces of DSP at 3-1/2″ square.  Make pieces for you panel by cutting in the same way as you scored your cardstock (bottom corners to top middle).
  • Adhere the DSP to your cardstock, matching the triangle shapes with the shapes by by your score lines.
  • Finish your box by using a strong adhesive (Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape) to stick the long tab to the inside of the opposite side and making a box bottom with the 4 tabs.
  • Add a label, tag or sentiment to the front of your box.
  • Once finished, the box opens by squeezing the sides of the top section.  Fill with lollies or chocolates!!!

It does help to watch the tutorial videos if you learn by seeing. You also need to make sure to use a strong glue or adhesive. The tension on the box is what makes it special.  A weak glue or tape is likely to lift after time, which means your box will lose it’s shape.

My colleagues loved their little boxes and the choccies didn’t last the day!  That’s a win in my book!  Kelly x

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Teachers – A Whole Lot of Lovely (& more!)

I wanted to wish all my US followers a very happy 4th July.  A large percentage of my traffic each day comes from crafters in the US!  Thank you for all your support x

In Western Australia, today is the first day of school holidays – a well earned rest for the dedicated teachers working in the education system.  I truly take my hat off to any person who seeks employment in a profession where they are in charge of 20 young & energetic terrors delights for long periods of time!  I love working with kids, but enjoy handing them back after 45 mins!

This was a little present we sent to day care to say a big {THANKS} to the staff for all the wonderful nuturing they do of our little people. “A Whole Lot of Lovely” is a hostess only stamp set that is perfect for sweet messages of thanks.



We also sent a similar set to school for Alexa’s teachers (you may remember the ‘teacher’ card I made using the Layered Letters stamp set).  I wish I’d taken a photo of the set together – the colours from the card matched the lollies perfectly!!!

We’re looking forward to school holidays – sleep ins, play dates and sleepovers at Nanna’s house!!!  A ‘whole lot of lovely’.  Kelly x


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Nothing “Subtle” About This Card Class!

If you’re interested in card making and local to Bunbury, have you considered attenting a card class?

You can find the class schedule here.

This is what the ladies who attended last night made:


Subtles aren’t my usual go to colour collection, but I really love this soft & pretty combination.

We started with a bang – a peek-a-boo butterfly shaker card inspired by a card I found during my class research

{you can see the original by Melissa Bove here}

Most of the ladies had never made a shaker card and they all commented how easy it was.  You can find the basic instructions for a shaker card here.

Before the reveal
Before the reveal…
The shake!
The shake!

The next project was a tutorial in using the Gift Bag Punch Board.  Once you know how, you’ll never look back, but there is a knack to the steps!

We jazzed it up with the Banner Triple Punch & gorgeous Pool Party DSP (Subtles Paper Stack).


And the final project for the night was a birthday cake card using the Build A Birthday stamp set.


I was so proud of the wonderful creations the ladies made tonight.  It was a delightful way to spend the evening.

If you’d like to attend a card class, I’d love to have you.  It’s a little cosy, a little messy and a lot fun!  Kelly x

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