How to Make Boxes from Christmas Cards

I love making packaging for homemade gifts; to me, it is half the fun. I was trying to think of something to put truffles in when I remembered making these boxes with my mum when I was about 10.

Isn’t it funny how once you have done something, you can return to it 10 years later and 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 it’s just me that hoards away every card I ever get given.

Also, this doesn’t have to be exclusive to Christmas; you could use cardboard if you want. Whatever you choose, these are so simple and quick.

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you will need

  1. Cut your card in half so you have front and back pieces. Start with the piece from the back of the card.
  2. Make a cross run with a ruler from corner to corner on the blank side of the card. This is so you can find the centre.
  3. Fold the long edges into the middle of the cross. Run the ruler (or the back of your nail) along the fold to make a sharp edge. Unfold.
  4. Repeat with the short edges.
  5. Cut along the fold line from the end to where it intersects with the horizontal fold line. 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 stay without tape. Adding the tape 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 folding the edges into the centre of the cross, you need to leave a 3mm – 5mm gap between the centre and where you fold.
  10. Done! Pop some tissue paper in the bottom to make it pretty.

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