Recycled Christmas Card Boxes

I have a hard time parting with greeting cards, so I try to reuse them is some way- from using them in packaging for my handmade jewelry, in crafts for the kids, to making these cute little Christmas card boxes- just perfect for kid-made salt dough ornaments, jewelry or other small gift. They are so easy to make- all you need are some old card, a ruler and some clear tape!


How to Make a Box from a Recycled Christmas Card:


 Step 1: Take your card and separate the front from the back. The front of the card will be your top half of the box and the back will be the bottom.

recycle your old christmas cards into small boxes

Step 2:  Measure. You want to mark your measurement on each side- I usually do about an inch, unless the card is small or I need a larger and narrower box. I make the bottom just a hair smaller than the top so that the top fits nicely over it.

make a box out of old christmas cards

When you are finished with your measurements, your card should look something like this:

christmas card boxes

Step 3: Next you want to snip on one line of each corner. I usually go every other line all the way around. This creates a flap that will be used to assemble the actual box.

Step 4: Now it’s time to fold. I use the edge of the ruler to get a good crease….if you happen to have the tool made especially for that purpose it would work too. Fold up each side, making sure to crease each of the of the flaps too.

make a box out of old greeting cards

 Step 5: Finally it’s time to assemble your box. Fold up each side one at a time. Fold the flap on the inside and tape to the adjacent side to create a corner. Once the insides are taped place an additional piece of (invisible) scotch tape on the outside of each corner.

recycled christmas card boxes

And that’s it! You have a cute little box to fill with gifts or treats for someone special!

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