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Make Your Own Gift Boxes Using Martha Stewart's Scoring Board

Updated on April 2, 2012
DIY Gift Boxes
DIY Gift Boxes | Source

You may have read my hub tutorial on how to make your own gift boxes but I wanted to share an even easier way to make them. A while back I had purchased Martha Stewart's Scoring Board but just recently got over my fear of making boxes and tried it out and I have to say I totally LOVE IT! It was specifically made for scoring your paper crafts. It even has a handy envelope tool so you can score and make your own envelopes. This is definitely one of my favorite crafting tools now and I can tell that I will be using it for LOTS of crafts! I got it for like $15 on Amazon and after using it and seeing how neat and handy it is, it was well worth the purchase. I have a feeling I'll be using this for many paper crafts for years to come! You can make LOTS of different sized gift boxes but for this tutorial I have decided to do a 3x3x2 gift box.

Materials you need to make a gift box
Materials you need to make a gift box | Source

What You Need

  • Martha Stewart's Scoring Board
  • 2 Pieces 7" by 7" cardstock
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Scissors

compartment  on Scoring Board which stores the scoring tool and handy guide
compartment on Scoring Board which stores the scoring tool and handy guide | Source
size chart inside the compartment
size chart inside the compartment | Source
bottom all lined up
bottom all lined up | Source

Step One

First, we need to score the bottom of the gift box. Take the piece of card stock which will be your bottom and put it on the scoring board. Open up the top compartment and take the scoring tool out. You will also see under the lid of the compartment a guide which tells you all the different sizes and measurements for the gift boxes. We are going to do the 3x3x2 sized gift box so it says we need 2 pieces of 7" by 7" paper. Take the piece which will be the bottom of your gift box and place it in the upper left hand side of the scoring board. Make sure it's lined up perfectly in the corner. Also make sure that whatever side of the card stock that you want to be showing on the outside of the box is facing down.

scoring the bottom, do the top just the same
scoring the bottom, do the top just the same | Source
line up with arrow when scoring the box lid
line up with arrow when scoring the box lid | Source
both sheets folded
both sheets folded | Source

Step Two

Now that your card stock sheet it is all lined up, look again under the lid on the guide. It says you need to score it at 2" and 5" for the base. Take your tool and line it up with the 2 inch mark and then carefully press down and drag the tool all the way down to the end and then do it again at the 5" mark. Be sure not to press too hard or it will perforate the paper. Turn the paper a quarter turn and score both measurements again.

Now you do the same thing with the other piece of card stock which is going to be your lid. Remember to place your card stock print side down. Looking back at the guide for the measurements, it says for the lid you need to score at 2" and 5 1/8" but notice the asterisk by score for lid above the lid measurements. That means that for all the lid measurements, you need to shift the left side of paper to line up with the arrow mark. This is very important because this makes sure the lid comes out slightly larger so it will fit over the bottom properly. So once you have lined the left side with the arrow, line up the scoring tool at 2" and score it. Then again at 5 1/8" and score. Now turn your sheet around 1/4 of a turn, line up with the arrow, measure and score again at both measurements.

Now take both sheets and fold them inward along all the score lines to get ready for the next step.

Always Remember: Don't score the side of the sheet that you want showing outside of the box.....the print side of the card stock will usually be facing down because that is the side you want to show. Also, for the sheet that will be the box lid (no matter which box you are making), always move the left side of the sheet over to the arrow before scoring!

where to cut - top and bottom
where to cut - top and bottom | Source
folding and gluing - top and bottom
folding and gluing - top and bottom | Source
all finished!
all finished! | Source

Step Three

Now you should have both of your sheets scored and folded. It's time to place cuts in the paper. See the diagram to see where the paper should be cut. Make sure to cut the lines as neatly and straight as possible. You may even want to use a x-acto knife and a ruler.

After the cuts are made, it's time to fold and glue it. You should have 4 smaller loose flaps. You fold each one of those up and in. Take one flap and fold it up and fold it in and glue it in place. Keep doing this until you've adhered all 4 sides... then do the other. Now, put your lid on and you've got a nice 3x3x2 gift box!

Making a Gift Box - Tips

► If you would prefer to have the lid only cover a little instead of covering the entire bottom of the box like the one we just made, just take the card stock that you want to be your lid and trim off however much you want from each side of the paper. This box was 2 inches in height so 1 to 1 1/2 inches would be ideal. This will leave the lid covering about half or the top 1/2 inch of the box.

► You can shape the edge of your lid using a border or paper punch. This adds a nice touch.

► You could draw or paint your own design on the card stock and then use it to make your box. The personal touch will make it that much more special to the recipient.

► You could also use rubber stamps to stamp an image or pattern to embellish the card stock you are using to make your box.

► Embellish it with a gift bow

► Put paper strips, paper shred, Easter grass or anything similar into your box for packaging your gift.

► Embellish your gift box with ribbon or other embellishments, like paper flowers, rosettes or a cute tag.

► Pre-score and cut several sized gift boxes and when you are ready to use one, grab it, glue and assemble it and it's ready to go!

That's it for now.. thank you so much for stopping by! Don't forget to leave a comment... I love reading your comments. They inspire me to keep on going.

Happy Crafting!!

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    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Hi vespawoolf- I'm glad you have found this tutorial useful! These really are super simple to make and fun, too. Thank you so much for the vote up! I really appreciate it :)

    • vespawoolf profile image


      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm not very patient with crafting, but I think I might be able to manage this one. I love all the detail and photos you've included. The thought of making gift boxes interests me for the creative outlet and usefulness. Thank you...voted up and awesome!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Debbie, thank you so much for the vote! I'm so glad you found this useful.. I'll tell ya, that scoring board is a really neat tool. Thanks so much for dropping by :)

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      7 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow how creative. I love this hub. I am book marking it.. voted up


    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you,Rose :)

    • randomcreative profile image

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Another great crafty idea! Thanks for sharing detailed instructions on using the scoring board. It does look like a neat tool.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      teaches12345, I'm so glad I got it.. it's super easy to use and a good choice for anyone who does a lot of paper crafts. I saw it too on a Martha Stewart show or special of some kind and couldn't believe how quickly they were making the boxes. It really is handy and I recommend it for anyone who loves paper crafts. Thank you so much for dropping by and thank you kindly for the vote. I really appreciate that :)

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Sunny, Thank you! I bet you have the same trimmer that I do...I have a green Cricut one that has the scoring blade and cutting blade, too. I love that trimmer!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I saw Martha using this on one of her shows. She called someone from the audience to assist her and it all seemed quite simple to use. Everyone in the audience received a free one. This would be a money saver for those of us who love to craft and become thrifty. Voted up!

    • sunbun143 profile image


      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I have a scoring blade on my paper trimmer so I'm going to try with that first...but when I get more advanced in my crafting, you know your amazon links will be the first thing I go to! Another excellent tutorial!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Nare- Thank you! I love it :)

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      You are welcome, RTalloni. You are welcome..I just had to do a tutorial using it.. this thing is SO HANDY! It even has a card and envelope measurement guide too. I forgot to mention that in the tutorial. It just makes everything easier. Hope you are having a great day :)

    • Nare Anthony profile image

      Nare Gevorgyan 

      7 years ago

      Really cool!!!

    • RTalloni profile image


      7 years ago from the short journey

      Martha Stewart tools are amazing, and I am looking forward to making my stash of boxes. Appreciate this look at the scoring board!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      centp002- Thank you! Thanks for stopped by :)

    • centp002 profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the step by step guide. It is very useful and a great idea.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Lyn-Glad you like it.. I couldn't help but share about it. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lyn.Stewart profile image


      7 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      This is a great idea thanks for sharing it


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