- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a box to make. Download and print the pattern. The smaller
box pattern (2¾" by 3¼" by 1½") includes both the box bottom and top.
large box (3¼" by 4" by 1½") requires separate patterns for the bottom and top of the
box. The Heart Cutouts pattern offers additional box top and bottom
choices or use them as box liners.
Make a lightweight box by printing directly on cardstock. For a stronger
box, print a black and white pattern on computer paper, and trace or
transfer the pattern to
cardboard before proceeding.
Heart Box Top
Box Top Dots
Heart Box Bottom
Smaller Heart Box
Smaller Box Dots
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on
standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut
Cut around the box pattern pieces on the solid black lines.
Try to cut accurately. The box will be stronger and fit together
better if the cuts precisely follow the pattern outlines.
Using a straight edge and craft knife will make some of the cutting easier, but be sure to protect the table with a cutting mat or thick piece of cardboard.
Caution: Be careful. Craft knives are sharp and should not
be used by children.
Larger Box: The side strips for the larger
box are in two pieces. Glue the two pieces together, using the glue
tab to join them.
- Step 3: Score
With a ruler or straight edge, make a score line along the
bottom of the tabs on the side strip and on the glue tab line. For the smaller box, score across the side strip
between the 9th and 10th notches—marked in red on the
To score: Turn the side
strip pattern with the marked lines up. On cardstock, use the bone folder or empty ballpoint pen to make an indent—not a
cut. If you are using light- to medium-weight cardboard or poster
board, use a straight edge and a craft knife or scissors to make
- Step 4: Fold
Fold the tabs over, then unfold them to about a 90° angle.
Fold on the other scored fold lines. The center score line is placed
at the tip of the heart.
In preparation for gluing, bend the side strip around the
heart-shaped cutout. Position the middle fold at the tip of
the heart. If the side strip is too long, adjust it by cutting a little
from one end. If the side strip is too short, cut the heart
down a little.
- Step 5: Glue
Coat the insides of the glue tabs with a thin layer of white
glue. Apply a band of glue around the perimeter of one of the
heart-shaped cutouts. Make sure that the band of glue is as wide as
the depth of the tabs. Wrap the side strip around the cutout,
pressing the glue tabs firmly in place along the sides, over the top
and into the middle dimple.
At the top of the heart, push the glue tab under the other end of the side strip and glue in place.
Finally, glue the
other heart-shaped cutout in place to hide the tabs.
- Step 6: Make Box Top
Repeat steps 1 through 5 for the box top. Optionally, glue the
insets to the second heart-shaped cutout.
You may cover the sides of the top with decorative paper or
ribbon prior to gluing the second heart-shaped cutout in place. Cut a
strip of paper the same size as the side strip. Glue the decorative
strip in place, carefully aligning the edges. Cut glue tabs on the
other edge, fold and glue over existing tabs.
- Step 7: Decorate
Decorate the box top however you like!
Wrap a strip of paper in a coordinating color around the sides of
the top. Use the inset patterns to cut out smaller heart shapes from
Your box is now complete! What will you put inside?