Making a Homemade Box From Christmas Cards {Upcycle}

Are those Christmas cards piling up around your house? Here is a fun and easy tutorial on how to make a homemade box and upcycle those lovely designs!

How to Make a Homemade Box

In an effort to be green (I swear, I’m not a hoarder!) I save the cute Christmas cards I receive during the holiday season. I just hate throwing away those sweet sentiments from loved ones, but what am I going to do? Open a card museum? No. Every year I make boxes from last year’s cards! They’re perfect for small gifts, they add or further that handmade touch, and best of all, they’re free!

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I can’t remember exactly where I learned to make this homemade box, but it’s likely I picked it up from Carol Duvall (just like the craft bows I made last week!) It’s quick and easy and your kids can help…my kind of craft!

As long as you have a card (Christmas, birthday, whatever) to work with (or take the upcycle out of it and just use cardstock), you’ll have all of the supplies around the house. You’ll need a card, ruler, scissors, glue or tape, and a ball-point pen (with or without ink – inkless ball-points are my go-to scoring tool.)

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Now you’ve got your supplies ready. Let’s get started!

First, cut the card in half, right down the crease.

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Now you have two halves, equally-sized. We want to change that just slightly because we want the lid to slide right onto the box. Take the back half of the card and trim about ⅛” off of one of the long sides and off one of the short sides.

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Now we need to make some marks on the inside of both halves. I chose to make my box ½” deep, but you can really choose any depth from about ¼” to 1”. Remember, the deeper you make the box, the smaller the box will be length/width-wise (unless you start with a larger-than-normal greeting card.) With the ruler along the short side, make a mark ½” in from each corner. Do the same for the other short side. Onto the long sides! Make a mark ½” in from each corner on the long side. Make an additional mark ½” from the first mark.

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Do the same for the other long side. Repeat these steps for the other half of the card.

Take the pen and ruler and connect the markings, drawing lines down both long sides. Press firmly with your pen so you’re also scoring the card for easy folding. For the short sides, you’ll want to connect the second set of marks, edge to edge. The first set of marks will be your guide to draw a line between the two long lines, staying away from the edges. (Please reference the picture for clarification.)

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Repeat these steps for the other half of the card.

Using your scissors, snip the corners down to the short side’s second line. Fold these tabs along the line you’ve already scored.

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Crease all of your scored lines.

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Fold the long sides up and fold the corner tabs over. Glue the tabs to the short side. Fold the short side flap over the tabs and glue it down. Do the same on the other side and then repeat the steps on the other half of the card.

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Let the box and lid dry and then your homemade box is ready to be filled with trinkets and goodies!

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homemade box

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  2. These are just wonderful! What a great idea and a nice way to keep the memories in a useful way. Thanks! Pinning this!

  3. That’s so cute!!!!

  4. Cool! I save Christmas cards every year. I just can’t throw them away. Okay, I hoard them. I’m totally trying this DIY!

  5. What a great idea!!

  6. Just today I was thinking…”I don’t want to buy boxes to wrap gifts in, what can I do instead? I know they are not so pretty, but I think I will follow the same basic principal but with cereal boxes for clothing, etc. LOVE this idea!!

  7. Yeah! I like your idea Fran! I’ve been saving up all the Christmas Cards for more than a decade. They are too beautiful to be thrown away. Now I can convert them into boxes to keep my crafts. :)

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  9. Such a cool idea! I wonder if my brain can make me do it right…? ;-)

  10. I looooove it!

  11. What an awesome idea! Thank you for sharing this!

  12. Adorable and way cute!

  13. This is awesome, I just pinned it for later!! I just need to find some old unused cards now…

  14. Leslie The Cleaning Coach says:

    This is perfect. I just received the perfect card yesterday. This will be fun to try.

  15. I love the idea of re-using items you already have around the house. I have a box of extra, unused cards in my office…think I will give this project a try!

  16. What a oool idea. I just save the cards and end up adding to the growing pile in a big box every year. I guess I’m the hoarder when it comes to cards. What a clever idea to upcycle and find the perfect size gift box for those hard to wrap presents!

  17. That is a really neat idea. It is a great way to preserve several memories with one simple piece.

  18. This is such a wonderful idea! My son loves places to store his small treasures. This would be perfect!

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