Sunday, April 19, 2009

Scalloped Edge Box Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how I made my scalloped edge box. It is my first attempt at a tutorial, so any constructive comments are welcome!! I have done loads of pictures, probably a bit too many so I will apologize in advance and I must make a mental note to myself, the next time I do a tutorial, iron the tablecloth first!!!!

The first thing you will notice below, is the measurements for the cardstock are a little odd!! so I will explain how I came up with these. The box measurements are based around the diameter of the circle you use to make your scallops. In this case, I have used the second largest die from the petite scalloped circles large nesties set, the diameter of which is 8.6 cms. My constructed lid will have a depth of 2 cms so my cardstock needs to measure: 2 cms + 8.6 cms + 2 cms = 12.6 cms, so my cardstock for the lid needs to be 12.6 x 12.6 cms. As my base is going to fit inside the lid, I have adjusted by taking off 3 mm, but the sides of the base will have a depth of 5 cms so my cardstock needs to measure 5 cms + 8.3 cms + 5 cms = 18.3 cms, so my cardstock for the base needs to be 18.3 x 18.3 cms. Hopefully this will become more clear as we go along.....

Step 1
You will need:
1 x cardstock measuring 12.6 x 12.6 cms (lid)
1 x cardstock measuring 18.3 x 18.3 cms (base)
Co-ordinating DPs and/or cardstock
Nesties or circle cutter - I have used the 2nd largest die from the nestie set petite scalloped circles large (the circle has a diameter of 8.6 cms)
Scoring tool
Double sided tape
Stamp and/or embellishments of your choice to decorate.

Step 2

First, we will make the base of the box. Take your largest piece of cardstock and score at 5cms in from the left edge. Turn your cardstock 90 degrees and score again at 5cms in from the left edge. Repeat until all four sides are scored then fold along each of your score lines.

From the picture on the left you can also see the base measurements a little more clearly. The centre square measure 8.3 x 8.3 cms and the sides are each 5 cms.

Step 3

Next, cut along each score line as directed in the picture on the right - this is quite hard to explain in words, I thought the picture would show it better!

Step 4

Turn your card over and glue each small flap, as shown in the picture

Step 5

Fold up each of the corners, as shown and stick.

The base of your box is now complete!

Step 6

For the lid of your box, repeat steps 2 - 5, but score and fold at 2 cms in from each edge.

Your main box is now complete.

Step 7

Now for the scallops! Using your cuttlebug and nestie (8.6 cm diameter) or circle cutter, cut out 4 circles - 2 from your cardstock and 2 from your co-ordinating DP.

In this case, I have used white cardstock and yellow gingham DP and I have sponged with spiced marmalade distress ink around the DP circles. Obviously the choice is yours, you could use two different DPs if you wish or two co-ordinating cardstocks.

Fold each of your circles in half and cut along the fold.

Step 8

Take your cardstock half circles and apply glue along the cut edge of each one. Stick each half circle along the edge of the lid of your box.

When you have applied all of your half circles, your box will look like this.

Step 9

Take your remaining half circles and fold them in half again - so they are quarter circles.

Glue the cut edges and apply them to the corners of your box lid.

When you have applied all of your half circles, your box lid will look like this.

Step 10

To hide all of your cuts and joins, you need to put some ribbon around the top. Apply double sided tape to the top edge of the lid, but leave a space so you can tie your bow. Apply your ribbon, tie it in a bow or knot and finally, decorate and embellish as you like.

I have used my WOJ mouse under party hat stamp which I have coloured with distress inks and I have finished it off with primas, a pearl brad and a small jewel.

If you are still here, thanks for bearing with me! I would appreciate any comments - good or bad - that you may have! You can make this little box in any size that you like to suit whatever gift you put inside, just remember to adjust your sizes as per the diameter of the circle you are going to use for your scallops. Thanks for looking x


  1. Fabulous box. I may have to give this a try. Thank you for the great tutorial. Perfect!

  2. ooooh Liza hun this is awesome, thanks for the tutorial, I may give this a bash it looks amazing, gorgeous colours. Joey.x

  3. Excellent tutorial Liza! Your instructions are clear as mud and I have bookmarked this page for the future. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Wow Liza, your tut is absolutely brilliant and I can't see anything that you need to change for your instructions, they are very easy to follow and I can see now why they took you so long, well done Liza and thank you for sharing this with us, both boxes are gorgeous and and I love the gingham papers you have used on your tut box :) Donna x

  5. Fantastic! you have inspired me to go and try this, great tutorial x carol

  6. what a beautiful box Liza.

    hugs Riet.x

  7. Hi Liza

    What a fantastic tutorial - very well explained. You can never have too many pictures!!

    I was totally engrossed and never even noticed your tablecloth.

    Fantastic finished product.

    Love Jules xx

  8. Brilliant tutorial Liza, thanks so much - may even have a play at this myself. -x-

  9. This is so great!! Thanks for the tutorial!! I am going to try it.

  10. fantastic tutorial thank you Liza...I will defo have a go at this...would be perfect for a special gift xxx

  11. Yhanks for the tutorial. It's a beautiful box.

  12. A gorgeous little box Liza and fab turorial, well done!! Looking forward to having a go at one of these.

    Joanne x

  13. I think you did a great job on your tutorial. Really cute box! If you iron like me it won't matter cause it will still look wrinkled....which I didn't even pay attention to. Still would love to see how you color with distress inks and on white paper. I'm requesting that for your next tutorial, ok?

  14. Awesome tutorial Liza. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. I am going to give it a go!

  15. Great tutorial and a cute box!!

    Put it on my things to try list

  16. What a great tutorial, have to try this.

  17. What a fantastic box. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

    Caryn xxx

  18. I love your tutorial,thank you .
    I try it and my daughter is in love wit it :-)

    greetings from Belgium


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Liza x