clamshell box with fine art paper



Create a truly special keepsake box to store all of your trinkets, postcards, and heirlooms. Bari Zaki, of Bari Zaki Studio, teaches every step of crafting your own clamshell box using decadent bookcloth and Japanese paper that has been pre-cut so you can jump right into making. Each kit comes with your choice of two paper & cloth colorways, plus everything needed to create your own keepsake box. This specific box design, which measures 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ x 2 ¼, has a 4-sided tray with a panel piece that attaches the lid, like a clamshell.

Clamshell box


You’ll learn Bari’s honed techniques for constructing and gluing together the custom board pieces, then applying the Japanese paper. With her years of experience, Bari shares tips for making precise measurements and clean cuts. Once the box is made, you’ll create the clamshell portion and watch them come together for what Bari loves to call a “happy moment.”

Bari Zaki making a clamshell box with fine art paper


Bari’s kit has been specifically curated to bring you the best box-making materials, all pre-cut for you, including the custom board pieces that make up the framework of the box. Included in the custom board pieces is a hinge/corner spacer that will help to create the perfect measurements for the dimensions of your box. The papers and book cloths have been selected by Bari for both their incredible beauty and their ideal construction for box making.

Bari Zaki holding a clamshell box with fine art paper

The Curated Kit of Tools & Materials

This workshop includes:

  • A detailed digital workshop led by Bari Zaki of Bari Zaki Studio
  • A live Maker Chat Q&A where you can join in on creative conversation with the artist and ask questions.
  • Tools & materials from artisan suppliers, curated for you by Bari Zaki
  • PDF download with written instructions to complement the video tutorial

The tools & materials included in your kit:

  • Bookboard custom set with hinge and corner spacer
  • Paper and cover cloth for your box in your choice of colorway:
    • Japanese paper for your tray, interior panel, and interior bottom
    • Bookcloth for your cover and spine
  • Bridled glue brush
  • PVA glue, 4oz
  • Ribbon, 6"
  • Bone folder
  • Craft knife
  • Triangle ruler, 10"
  • Drafting dots
  • Elmer’s Glue, 1.25oz
  • Cotton swab 

Materials to have at home: 

  • Scissors
  • Sharp pencil
  • Small cup for holding your glue
  • Scrap paper
  • Self-healing mat or a surface to work, cut, and glue (your Crafter’s Box box is a good option)
  • Weights to press your box (books or a garden stone wrapped in cloth work well)
Clamshell box making materials

Materials for More Exploration

clamshell box with fine art paper

Make More: Green & Gold and Blue Botanical Clamshell Boxes

Keep the keepsake boxes coming with this bundle of materials that makes two additional clamshell boxes, one in a Green & Gold colorway and one in Blue Floral.

clamshell box with fine art paper

Make More: Crimson Fruits and Gilded Garden Clamshell Boxes

The papers in these colorways feature delicate gold botanicals & green triangles, and vibrant orange fruits. With two sets of custom bookboards, there are enough materials to create two additional clamshell boxes.

clamshell box with fine art paper

Make More: Dots and Geometric
Clamshell Boxes

Make two special clamshell boxes in hues of crimson & rust and calming blues & greens. The Japanese paper, bookcloth, and custom bookboards in this bundle are all pre-cut and create a perfectly vibrant set of keepsake boxes.

12x18 cutting mat

Cutting Mat 9x12"

Quickly and easily make precise cuts on this handy self-healing cutting mat that doubles as a work surface for your box-making projects.

Box Making: Lidded Box with Artisan Paper

A Full Workshop Add-On:

Box Making: Lidded Box with Artisan Papers Workshop

Enjoy a special full workshop add-on! We're offering a second box making workshop to make a custom lidded box alongside your clamshell box. This workshop comes with its own video tutorial by Bari Zaki and offers its own beautiful sets of colorful add-ons for even MORE making.

Box Making: Lidded Box with Artisan Paper
Box Making: Lidded Box with Artisan Paper
Box Making: Lidded Box with Artisan Paper
Bari Zaki holding a clamshell box with fine art paper

More About our Artist: Bari Zaki

Bari Zaki is a lifelong lover of paper. In her childhood bedroom she had a small walk-in closet with bookshelves holding books and her ever-expanding “library” of paper samples, swatches, and scraps that her father brought home from his print shop. In her early 20s, she took a series of bookbinding and box making classes at Artists Bookworks in Chicago. Bari went on to open a small, appointment-only studio and her business focused mainly on custom projects.

After 25-ish years, Bari’s desire to share her love of craft and materials met its magical moment: a spacious, light-filled shop/studio/salon became available in a wonderful block of shops. Finally, Bari was able to offer workshops in a beautiful space conducive to creative camaraderie! She was also able to merchandise a revolving array of colored pencils & other drawing supplies, washi tape, notebooks, sketchbooks, notecards…and a growing inventory of her handmade books and boxes.

Learn even more about Bari at her website

We look forward to sharing this fulfilling and joyful experience with you and cannot wait to see how your boxes turn out. Be sure to share your creative journey and finished creation with us by tagging @thecraftersbox + @barizaki  in your social posts, and use #thecraftersbox so our community can also see your workshop come to life! Happy making.

clamshell box with fine art paper
Clamshell box
Clamshell box
Bari Zaki making a clamshell box with fine art paper
Box Making: Clamshell Box with Fine Art Paper by Bari Zaki
clamshell box with fine art paper
clamshell box with fine art paper
clamshell box with fine art paper
Clamshell box
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