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Frog-in-a-Box Card




  • Frog in a box template
  • Glue stick
  • Craft glue
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • 3 1/2-by-3 1/2-by-1-inch box
  • Blue decorative craft paper
  • Green card stock
  • Yellow and green crepe paper
  • Thread
  • Small spring
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Line box with blue decorative craft paper, securing paper with a glue stick.

  2. Step 2

    Print and cut out templates for the frog, happy birthday sign, message tag, lily pad, and water lily on green card stock.

  3. Step 3

    Trace and cut lily pad from green crepe paper. Trace and cut water lily petals from yellow crepe paper in multiples, as specified on the template. Cut out and fringe strip of yellow crepe paper where marked.

  4. Step 4

    For the base of the flower, roll the fringed strip of yellow crepe paper and glue the end to secure, Glue yellow petals around base with craft glue, starting with the small petals, and working up to the larger ones, overlapping as you go.

  5. Step 5

    With a glue stick, glue the frog and the happy birthday sign to another piece of green card stock for sturdiness, and cut out around them.

  6. Step 6

    Use thread to attach the sign to the back of the frog hands and secure with craft glue.

  7. Step 7

    With a hot-glue gun, glue the frog to the top of the spring.

  8. Step 8

    Punch a hole in the lily pad with a hole punch, and twist the spring through the hole.

  9. Step 9

    Add hot glue under the lily pad to the bottom of spring. Making sure the frog fits diagonally inside the box, secure the lily pad and spring to the bottom of the box.

  10. Step 10

    Glue flower to lily pad.

  11. Step 11

    Punch a hole in the message tag and thread onto a ribbon.

  12. Step 12

    Push the frog down into the box, and place the lid on top. Tie the ribbon around the box.

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2008



Reviews (4)

  • iasilverfx 23 Mar, 2015

    Also, it would have been helpful to have been given some sources for finding springs. In the end, I was able to make one using jewelry wire.

  • iasilverfx 23 Mar, 2015

    I want to know how many people are in an insane assylum after trying to put the lily together one petal at a time? I made prototypes of each petal in disc shape and cut them out in the round...three discs and then glued them together with the fringed curled piece in the center. I then pulled each petal up toward the fringed center. It was SOOOOOO much easier than trying to glue individual petals onto such a small center point. I gotta wonder why Martha didn't think of that.

  • NorbieK 18 Oct, 2008

    how cool is that!!! i'm making a few as party favors.

  • santamaker 24 Mar, 2008

    I made this . To save money, I used a jewelery box and painted it. I lined it in some
    oragami paper.(Not the best idea) ,but it came out very nicely. I think it's very cute. I love Martha's crafts.