A Gift Box that’s also a Card and a Surprise! (Instructions and Free File below)

All right all you crafters, I cannot wait to show you this gift card/box. This project was fun, fun, fun for me – and I hope it will be for you too!

Materials and Tools needed:

  • 7-10 sheets of 12×12 Cardstock
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
With a KNK, it could not be simpler!

I created two files for this project, both are boxes but they are slightly different in size. Oops, I guess I created three, because I used the feature in MTC to create a lattice overlay for the outside – totally unnecessary but totally ‘finished’ it for me!

Remove the top box lid, then the bottom box lid to reveal the inner surprise(s).



To get started, first decide how many boxes you want to have on the inside. You’ll need to cut two of the large boxes for the outside and typically four small boxes for the inside of the card. In the picture above, I cut five boxes because I had five small gifts to put in them. For a more balanced look, in the picture below, I only used four boxes on the inside.

Using the files, you will cut the outside perimeter and score the inside lines. I used the etching tool (300 speed, 11 pressure) to make the scores using my Maxx.

Determine the desired spacing between the boxes, and calculate the height for the ‘card’ or box frame. Trim 1 piece of 12×12 card stock for the outside (you may want more than one layer or thickness of card stock for the outer box to give it strength. One way to do this is to crease your 12×12 card stock and simply fold it in half).

Once all of your pieces are cut, begin to make your folds. Pinch the corners of the small boxes with the score line to the inside. Use the mirror image on the fold to line these up precisely.

Flip your paper over so the score lines are facing down. Fold each of the four “flaps” toward the center as shown, at the first score line:

Open those folds back out, then fold the next section from the second score line toward the center as well.

Next, for the last score line on each of the flaps, you will fold the paper in reverse – back toward the outside.


Once your cut piece looks like this, you are ready to exercise your origami skills!

Push the triangles of one corner toward the center of the box, and fold the flap over it. Either work on one corner at a time as you move around the box, or fold two corners together at one time. Both methods work, and don’t seem to impact the integrity of the boxes.

At the last flap, you may need to trim approximately 1/16th off of the flap so that it will fit nicely. This is more likely to be required if your paper is thicker. Try not to cut too much off as you want fit snugly in the bottom of the box.

Score/Crease the card stock you trimmed for the outer wall every three inches.  Next, adhere your boxes to the inside of the card walls, add your top and bottom lids, and you are set to go!


I can assemble one of these boxes in approximately 10-15 minutes now. As a bonus, the lids fit perfectly over the interior boxes to create small gift boxes:

These 3×3 boxes are a great size for gifting earrings or other small gifts.


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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

35 thoughts on “A Gift Box that’s also a Card and a Surprise! (Instructions and Free File below)

  1. Love the Box!!! Is the cutting file available If so where and how much? Thanks for your response Linda

    • I hope you do! I’m thinking Christmas time will be a good season for this project, with hidden candies or trinkets, but birthdays and other events will work too!

  2. I love these dimensional boxes!! Thanks for the share (and the files), Michele!

  3. Thank you Michelle. I can barely wait until I become more familiar with my NEW KNK zing to make your beautiful box. Thank you.

  4. Wow! Wow! Wow! This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea.

  5. absolutely brilliant…you should not be able to fit through the door with that big head and rightly so!!! thank you very much for the files…love it

  6. These are so cool! I have wanted to try them, but they have seemed so challenging. I think you have a great tut. Thanks!

  7. Loved this project, Michele. I really appreciated getting the files too. Your tutorial was very easy to follow. I can see a Halloween project with this box.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love this and am working on presenting it to my craft class…They are a group of senior citizens that I introduced to paper crafting~

  9. Just found this lovely box with such great instructions, however, could not download the cutting files, got a 404 Not found. Is it no longer available? So disappointed as it would be a perfect gift box. Thanks. Anita

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