Making paper covered boxes

Learn how to make beautiful and functional cartonnage paper covered boxes and other amazing projects

In this course you will learn how to make unique paper covered boxes and other projects, using cartonnage technique. You will have fun with cardboard, decorative or patterned papers, some pieces of fabric or bookcloth and glue and be amazed with the final result!

Making handmade boxes is SO fun! Although specialized in cartonnage fabric boxes, Claudia Squio is now also playing with paper and making unique pieces adapting her method to create beautiful boxes and other cartonnage projects in a fun way! So functional and also great handmade gifts! Join this course to learn lots of tips and tricks of using paper and making beautiful boxes and other projects.

You will have fun learning following written instructions with lots of pictures and also watching videos that show the process in so much details, you will feel like if you were right next to the teacher. Some of the projects will have instructions for covering in fabric and in paper, so, you get bonus and can understand both processes. As a special bonus, you will get printable calendar sheets to use with one of the projects that you will learn here (the desk calendar). You can download the file to your computer, print, cut and add to your calendar. Plus more video tutorials will be added in the future because this course is a "community" of paper covered boxes lovers!

Here you will have the dimensions, will learn how to cut paper and you can make all project by yourself. As an option, a variety of DIY kits are available at ColorWay Arts online shop.

Choose your favorite papers and let's get started in the joy of paper covered boxes making!


Course Curriculum

  MODULE 5 - Making a notepad cover covered with fabric and/or paper
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  MODULE 6 - Making a paper desk calendar
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  MODULE 7 - Making a paper covered box and mini album
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  MODULE 8 - Making an organizer paper box (Original "Sewing caddy" project)
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Your Instructor

Claudia Squio
Claudia Squio

I'm Claudia Squio a Brazilian-American artist living in Michigan and focusing on cartonnage, that is a traditional art of making boxes covered with fabric or paper. I design fabric boxes and cases and teach this amazing technique at quilt stores, quilt guilds and also through my online cartonnage school. I have authored the book “Cartonnage Basics & Beyond – The complete guide to make fabric boxes”. Besides creating the pieces and teaching I also develop some DIY kits and tools that can be used for my students to have fun, feel the relaxing power of crafting and facilitate the process of fabric box making.



See what students are saying

The videos are easy to follow and Claudia explains each step in great detail. You can rewind and fast forward to do the work at your own pace. Claudia will answer any of your questions that come up. Cartonnage does not require any specialized tools but the toolkit makes things easier. Cartonnage is fun and not difficult to learn! I would recommend these videos for anyone interested in learning about Cartonnage. Betsy

I am not a skilled crafter, but Claudia's online classes made me feel like one! I found the instructions were detailed yet clear and simple to follow. It was fun. I am delighted with the results. It is particularly important for me as a visual learner to see the instructions and then follow with her demonstrations. I could follow and complete each process with ease and confidence step by step. Her attention to detail is valuable in the processes. Cheri

See what "local Cartonnage students" are saying Claudia's classes

I am dazzled by my new notebook and box! Claudia's teaching is wonderful. She paces the class very well and her instructions are clear and precise. She has a wonderful range of projects. I also like the idea of buying a kit and getting the instructions with very helpful photos. But best of all, she has all of the pieces cut in a kit – WOW!!! That is so fabulous for us that we do not have to worry about cutting out the pieces. Sherri

I LOVE the way my box turned out & now I'll be able to keep track of my cartonnage tools. Claudia is such a good teacher & can't wait to take another class. Karen

Claudia's cartonnage classes have been a thoroughly fun and rewarding experience. Thanks to her patient and supportive approach to teaching; clear, step-by-step instructions (both in class and in detailed printed directions); and complete, reasonably priced DIY kits, I have learned to create a variety of unique items, including boxes, journals, sewing kits, frames, trays, wallets, and more. Because Claudia is so well-organized, she demonstrates cartonnage concepts and steps in a way that is easy to understand and follow, even for a beginner. I highly recommend her classes for anyone seeking an introduction to a technique that offers limitless creative possibilities with simple, inexpensive tools and materials. Jan

First of all, the instructions are exquisite. They are professional in every way and every detail. Second, the kits, numbered, professionally cut and laid out are also exceptional. I don't know other people who teach or present cartonnage classes, but Claudia's kits are top of the line. They are also very reasonably priced. Lastly, and most important, she is highly skilled and present classes effectively. She is professional along with extremely kind, considerate, helpful and very sincere. I love her classes for all those reasons. The bonus is learning these skills and coming away with a finished project I am really proud of. Maria

My sewing kit looks great! I'm really proud of it. She is a great teacher. Keep up the good work Claudia! Looking forward to many more classes with you. Molly


Frequently Asked Questions

What crafting skills do I need to be able to do Cartonnage?

None! No expensive machines, no sewing to work with Cartonnage. In this technique we use paper, fabric and glue as the main material. The tools are very simple and easy to find.

How long do I have access to the course?
This is a members only course, so you will have unlimited access to it as long as you keep your membership active. If you cancel your subscription you will no longer have access to this course (Except if you have purchased separately before the membership program has started).
I am having trouble for sign up or viewing the videos. What should I do?

If you are not able to sign up, apply coupon code, or are having trouble with viewing the videos, please email [email protected] with a description of the problem and we will work on resolving the issue.

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