Mini Purse in a Box

This is a super easy (even if it doesn’t look like it!) little bag-in-a-box project.  It would be awesome as a party favor, or a place card (maybe with some nuts or mints inside?) or to hold Easter Eggs.  It will easily hold a Cadbury Creme Egg or three Lindor Truffles (might hold a 4th if you pushed it!) 🙂

The only tools you need:

  • 6″ x 6″ Piece of DSP
  • The Envelope Punch Board
  • 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch – or similar small punch
  • Glue Dots
  • Coordinating Trim/Ribbon to close the bag
  • Punches or dies to decorate your finished bag (optional!)


Using the Envelope Punch Board, line one side of the 6″ x 6″ DSP square with the 1 3/8″ mark on the board, and punch it, and score (just like you were making an Envelope!)

Mini Treat Boxes Tutorial 2 - Stamps-N-Lingers

Slide the DSP over and line the same edge up with the 4″ mark.  Punch and Score again.

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Turn the DSP and line the first scores lines up with the score guide (again – just like you do when you’re making an envelope!) and punch and score.  Keep doing that until you’ve gone all the way around the paper.  This is what it will look like when you’re done!

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Fold each score line – but don’t burnish them – you want them to be loose-ish so that the inner bag portion will look like a bag (be a little poofy!)

You’ll see there are “tabs” at each corner – two larger ones and two smaller ones.

Mini Treat Box Tabs

The small tabs will be SNAILd to the outside of your box.  The large tabs will make up your little box.  So, determine which side of the DSP you want on the outside – and SNAIL the small tabs to that side.  Then, you’re going to snip the scored lines that are on either side of the large tabs.  Snip to the crossing score line only.  The dashed lines below show where to snip.

Mini Treat Boxes cut lines

Then, stick a Glue Dot on each corner, as shown below.  A Glue Dot helps keep your adhesive away from the folds – and helps keep that “poofy” bag look!

Mini Treat Boxes Glue Dot placement

The next step is to fold the sides in, sticking the Glue Dots down close to the outside “Bottom” edge of the bag.  Fold in towards the large tabs – with the large tab panels inside.  It will look like this:

Mini Treat Boxes close up of side panel

Finally, squeeze the two large tabs together, lining up the top edge, and punch your hole in the tab.

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Et Voila!  Your little bag-in-a-box is done and ready to decorate!

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You can make little labels – I made those above using a strip of Very Vanilla that I punched the ends of in my Washi Label punch.  These were made for guys!  But they’d be awesome for the ladies, too – maybe you’d want to put some little flowers (the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack flowers are great – two or three on the end of the label….).  Choose a ribbon to tie in a knot or a pretty bow after you fill them up!

Have fun and Happy Box making!

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