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!
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.)
First, cut the card in half, right down the crease.
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.
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.)
Using your scissors, snip the corners down to the short side’s second line. Fold these tabs along the line you’ve already scored.