Sliding Match Box

origami sliding match box Sliding Match Box

This clever two piece sliding box can made to hold business cards, small gifts, little books or surprises. It's made out of two sheets of sturdy decorative paper and in this project, we will show you how to make an accordion book that fit's perfectly inside the box. 




  • 2 sheets medium weight decorative paper (We used item number HPSE135) cut 8 1/2" and 8 1/4" square.
  • 1 piece decorative paper cut 2" x 3 3/4"
  • 1 piece thin ribbon 6" long
  • 1 glass pony bead and small coin
  • 1 piece card stock cut 2 1/8" x 3 7/8"
  • White glue and a glue stick
  • 3 sheets white paper cut 4" x 16 1/2"


Fold the box bottom out of the 8 1/4" paper according to the box bottom diagram. Fold the ribbon in half and feed the bead through the ribbon. Make a slipknot at the folded end to secure the bead. Glue the ribbon raw edges to the bottom of the box at the center point. Cover the ribbon edges with the 2" x 3 3/4" piece of decorative paper to reinforce the bottom and help the box to slide more easily.
Fold the box top out of the 8 1/2" paper according to the box top diagram. Decorate the card stock and slip into the top section of the box top. The card stock inside of the top helps to reinforce the box top.

Book Instructions:
Accordion fold the white paper evenly into 8 sections. Each "page" will be approximately 4" x 2". Fold the remaining strips the same way. Take two of the folded strips and cut off one section leaving a 1" flap and glue the ends together to form a longer strip. Glue the third strip. You will now have a continuous accordion book that you can stamp and decorate later, and it fit's perfectly into the sliding box bottom!
Click here for pdf instructions.


Box bottom diagram: Click to enlarge

Box top diagram: Click to enlarge


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 13:30

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