How to Make Boxes from Christmas Cards

December 19, 2013

I love making packaging for homemade gifts, to me its half the fun. I was trying to think of something to put truffles in when I remembered making these boxes with my mum back when I was about 10. Isn’t it funny how once you have done something you can come back to it 10 years later and just do it again?! 

These boxes are a great way to recycle old and used christmas cards you might be hoarding… yeah I know you do it too. Okay maybe its just me that hoards away every card I ever get given.
Also this doesn’t have to be exclusive to christmas and you could just use cardboard if you want.
Whatever you choose, these are sooo simple and quick.

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you will need

1. Cut your card in half so you have to pieces, the front and the back. Start with the piece from the back of the card.

2. With a ruler make a cross running from corner to corner on the blank side of the card. This is so you can find the centre.

3. Fold the long edges in to the middle of the cross. Run the ruler (or back of your nail) along the fold to make a sharp edge. Unfold.

4. Repeat with the short edges.

5. Make a cut along the fold line from the end to where it intersects with the fold line running horizontal to it. Repeat for all 4 corners.

6. Fold up the long edges and pull the “wings” together.

7. Fold the extra card over the wings. Repeat on the other side.

8. Tape down the card that was folded over on either end. (It will actually stay without tape  adding the tape just tidies it up and makes it sturdier)

9. Now repeat all the above steps for the front piece of the card with one small change. When you are folding the edges into the centre of the cross you need to leave a 3mm – 5mm gap between the centre and where you fold to.

10. Done! Pop some tissue paper in the bottom to make it pretty.
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  • Hanna December 27, 2013 at 4:18 am

    They are so lovely, it is amazing how good a card can look turned into a box. I remember making card boxes with you, you made so many and sold your home made chocolates in them at the local store when you where 10. Thanks for the memory and the reminder.
    Love Mum

  • Robin December 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    ran into you via pinterest. I remember making these all the time as a girl! Thanks for the throwback. So fun and cute, and now I remember why we saved so many cards…

    a tip, to make the tops fit over the bottoms really easily, cut about 1/8″ (or a couple mm) off the top and the side of the piece that will be making the bottom. Then, when you do these steps as written, the bottom will, by default have slightly smaller dimensions. :)

    I’ve also folded them equidistant from the middle (after the trimming) to make cards with larger inside dimensions. (say, a half cm away from the center, for each fold…to each their own)

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