Left Over Christmas Card Project

Make a gift box

What you will need:

Christmas Card




clothes pins

These boxes are big enough for jewelry, billfolds, and other small items. I gave one to my grandson with a wallet inside. He is happier about the box than the wallet.

Choosing a card

Choose a card with some thickness. Cut the card in half, using the beautiful front for the top. Use a thin ruler to bend back the part to square off the top you want on the box. Crease the fold.

The sides should be about 1 inch all around.

Then cut from the edge to the crease point with sissors in the four corners.

It should look like this...............................

Fold in the edge of the long sides inside the short end.

Glue to the inside...I use 'MonoAqua' because it dries quickly and is easy to adjust your project. Get at any fabric center.

The finished top................

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The Bottom of the Box

A duplicate of the top. You can use card stock if you want a clean bottom. But sometimes the verse on the card is just right for the 'inside bottom'. Place your finished top down on the bottom of your choice, and hold it in place while you lightly make a pencil mark along the edges.

Add one inch all around for the sides, then cut. Fold on your pencil marks.

Fold and glue the same way you did the top. I always make mine a smidgen smaller on the bottom to get an easy fit.

Finishing touches

You may have an edge or two that needs a little trim. It's easy and gives it a neat look.

You can sign the card

Before putting the bottom together, you can sign or write a personal note to the person for the bottom of the box. That will make the box special.

You may have to make one or two to get the hang of it. Practice on a couple before you get that special card. It is a wonderful gift in itself.

The Finished Box

Christmas Card Box
Christmas Card Box

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rebeccamealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Cute Idea!Thanks for sharing!

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Thanks rebeccamealey, welcome to my hub.

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Ann,

What a wonderful idea..one that I will love to try..Thank you so much for this great idea.



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BrightMeadow 5 years ago from a room of one's own

This is such a cute and simple idea. The simple ones are so often the best.

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David Legg 7 5 years ago from Trout Paradise, Colorado

Awsome "how to" hub. The illustrations and instructions are excellent, and I love the concept. Great work!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Very creative and clever idea!

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A lovely idea and you have done a good job with both written and visual instructions.

Thank you for sharing

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

What a lovely idea Ann and I like using the verse in the bottom of the box.

Thanks for sharing and voted up.

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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Ann, this is so cool! I love ideas on ways to recycle cards, and this is one I had not heard of before! So cool, I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a great idea for not only recycling but also creating unique gift boxes. Thanks!

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Hi Sunnie, thank you for the visit.

Brightmeadow, It is simple, I hope it brightens someones craft day.

David, I'm flattered that an outdoorsman like you would appreciate this. Happy New Year

Gypsy, thanks fo visiting. You are a loyal commenter.

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

This is interesting idea. I'll give a try. thanks for sharing.

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Rosemary, Thanks for the visit. Happy new year!

MM, Happy New Year. Thanks for the vote

Ocean, the reason you hadn't heard of it, is because I just thought it up. ha ha. Good luck making it.

Vinaya, Really? you will try? That's fantastic!!

Peggy, it does take a little patience, but it's fun.

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