Recycled Christmas Card Boxes

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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14 comments on “Recycled Christmas Card Boxes

  1. I too have time parting with Christmas cards. What a great idea. Pinning it!

  2. That is cute! I bet Miah will like it, and I have a pile of old cards too!

  3. Zan Turner says:

    What a neat idea! I never seem to know what to do with my old cards, but have a hard time parting with them, too!

  4. This Diva says:

    I am always looking for ways to recycle greeting cards. Thank you so much for this post. I love it!

  5. Oh my gosh what a cool idea! I will have to try this, I just found a bunch of old cards the other day.

  6. This is such a fantastic idea!!! I love it!!!

  7. swood97 says:

    Oh my goodness, I have years of Christmas cards I could not part with. Putting this on my ‘to-do’ list! Thanks for this idea. Pinning it!

  8. This is genious! I always feel bad tossing away those beautiful Christmas cards… this is a great way to recycle and make a personalized gift. Great idea! ~Renee

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  11. Kathie says:

    What a fabulous idea! Pinning.

  12. […] For packaging I like to recycle greeting cards I have received over the years. I cut them into rectangles that are about 3′x4′ and hang the earring from the cards. Slip them into cellophane bags and wrap them up in a little gift box- like my recycled Christmas card boxes! […]

  13. Jody says:

    Great! Thank you. I think this could be a good one for my children to do. . . and measuring. . . we could call it school.

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