DIY 4th July card shopping list

  • *Acetate
  • Adhesive glitter gems
  • Dots embossing folder
  • Nesting star dies
  • Double-sided tape
  • Clear-drying glue
  • Sticky foam pads
  • Small alphabet dies
  • White, red, pale blue & dark blue card
If you don't have a die-cutting machine, just cut the star shapes by hand and use alphabet stickers instead

New to card making? Take a look at our What is a die cutting machine guide

1 Cut 29.5x8cm of white card and score at 9cm, 14cm, 23cm & 28cm. The small tab will be used to join the box at the back. Cut two 3x12cm strips from white card and score at 2.5cm in from each end to create tabs for joining inside the box.

2 Cut two 8x7cm of pale blue card, two 4x7cm pieces and two 8x2cm pieces. Emboss with a dots embossing folder and mat onto slightly larger pieces of red card before attaching to the box front, inside the back panel, sides and the two support strips. Join the box using the tab at the back and add support strips across the centre.

3 Cut three wavy stripes from white card and glue across 6x8.5cm of red card. Attach 3x4cm of dark blue card to the top-left and decorate with small die-cut stars. Add the flag to the box front at an angle.

4 Die cut the sentiment into a star and layer onto a larger star of dark blue card. Glue to an acetate strip and attach inside the box on the back panel.


5 Die cut different sized stars from white card and layer onto larger stars of red, pale blue and dark blue card. Attach to acetate strips, arrange in the box and secure at varying heights.


Angela Dodson cardmaking
Angela DodsonPapercraft designer

Angela found fame in the Cardmaking world on the Trimcraft design team and when she won Cardmaker of the Year in 2016. She went on to become a key member of the Papercraft inspirations magazine design team, creating projects for every issue, as well a working with Cardmaking and Papercraft. She runs her own blog on Blogspot, Polly Purple Horse, where she shares her own creations and her design team makes. he currently crafts for Angela Poole Designs.

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