How to Make a Box out of a Card

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    Greeting Card Box Craft

    How to Make a Box out of a Card
    c/o Sherri Osborn

    Here's how you can easily create small boxes using old greeting cards; it's a great way to use up Christmas cards, birthday cards and more. This project takes about twenty minutes (plus drying time and is suitable for children ages eight and up.
     

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    Gathering the Supplies

    Gathering the Supplies to Make a Box out of a Card
    c/o Sherri Osborn

    Gather all the supplies you'll need before beginning.

    Materials

    • Greeting Card (You can use both square and rectangular greeting cards for this box.)
    • Pen or Pencil
    • Cellophane Tape
    • Ruler
    • Scissors

       

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    Cut the Card in Half

    Cut the Card in Half to Make a Box out of a Card
    c/o Sherri Osborn

    Start by cutting the card in half. This is done easily by cutting the back off of the card along the fold. You should then have two pieces of equal size.

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    Trim the Back of the Card

    Trim the Back of the Card
    c/o Sherri Osborn

    Cut just a sliver off of each edge of the back of the card. The back should be about 1/8" to 1/4" small than the front.

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    Measure and Mark

    Measure and Mark
    c/o Sherri Osborn

    Lay both the front and the back of the greeting card on your table with the side that was the inside of the greeting card facing up.

    Line up the ruler along one of the short edges and mark the card 3/4" from each corner. Repeat this on the other short side.

    Now line up the ruler along one of the long edges, mark the card 3/4" from each corner, and then make another mark 3/4" in from there. Repeat this for the other long side.

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    Draw Lines on the Cards

    Draw Lines on the Cards
    c/o Sherri Osborn

    Use the picture as a guide to draw lines on each of your greeting card pieces.

    Using a ruler and pen, connect each of marks you made on the short edges of the card.

    Note that the marks you made 3/4" from the corner on the long side of the card are not connected. Line up a ruler along those marks and draw a line from one line to another, not going all of the way to the edge of the card.

    Finally, use the ruler to connect the second marks you made on each of the long edges.

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    Cut the Cards

    Cut the Cards to Make a Box
    c/o Sherri Osborn

    Use the scissors to cut on each line you draw on the short edge. Only cut up as far as the intersecting line which should be about 1 1/2" from the edge.

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    Folding the Sides of the Card Box

    Folding the Sides of the Card Box
    c/o Sherri Osborn

    Start off by making two folds along the side with the two lines you drew. First, fold in the edge on the first line you drew until it touches the second line. Then fold it in again on the second line.

    On the other edges of the card, fold in each edge on the line you drew. Now fold in each of the pieces - or tabs - you cut.

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    Assembling Your Card Box

    Assembling Your Card Box
    c/o Sherri Osborn

    Use the photo as a guide. Hold the folded edge with the tabs up. Bend the tabs so they line up with the other side. Fold the other edge up and over the tabs. Use a small piece of tape to hold it in place.

    Repeat this for the other side of the box and again for the other half of the box.

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    Finishing Your Card Box

    Finishing Your Card Box
    c/o Sherri Osborn

    You should now have a complete top and bottom! The top should fit easily over the bottom since you trimmed a little extra off of the bottom card piece.

    These boxes are not only a great way to recycle used Christmas, birthday, and other cards, they also make great gift boxes for small treats.

    Experiment with different box depths by adjusting the 3/4" measurement.