Making a Homemade Box From Christmas Cards {Upcycle}

By Dec 11, 201422 Comments

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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!

Give your old Christmas cards new life by using them to make these homemade gift boxes. They will add an extra touch of fancy to your presents this year.

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 your homemade box is ready to be filled with trinkets and goodies!

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About Francesca

Francesca has an extensive background in content marketing, public relations, and social outreach. She oversees all Operations at Sway Group, including our robust metrics capabilities. Prior to joining the online world, Francesca oversaw viticulture and oenology at various wineries in both California and Italy, and managed regulatory affairs and facility approvals at the biotech company, Genentech. Francesca has been featured on CBS Sacramento and Food Blogger Pro’s podcast. She has also hosted an AMA webinar and spoken at Social Media World.