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How to make a gift box out of a greeting card

Updated on January 15, 2012
Greeting card gift box.
Greeting card gift box. | Source

I love making gifts for my friends and family. Most of the time I try to make the bags and boxes I put the gifts in, too. These little gift boxes are made out of greeting cards and are the perfect size for trinkets like earrings and bracelets. There's nothing quite like a hand-crafted gift, and making the gift box as well just makes it even more personal. Here are step-by-step instructions for greeting card gift boxes. Make some today!

Step 1: Choose a colorful greeting card.

Step 2: Cut card in half at the fold.

I save all the Christmas cards sent to me for future crafting ideas!
I save all the Christmas cards sent to me for future crafting ideas! | Source

Step 3: Take the half that will be the bottom and mark off 1/16th of an inch on one short side and one long side. Cut and trim. This is necessary so that the top will fit. I like this size because the lid will be snug, but you can cut a smidge more if you'd like a looser fit.

Measure and cut so lid will fit over bottom.
Measure and cut so lid will fit over bottom. | Source

Step 4: Measure 1 inch from the edge on each half and mark all around. I use pencil, but you could just score it all around to avoid marks.

Mark 1-inch from edge all around.
Mark 1-inch from edge all around. | Source

Step 5: Fold on lines and crease with bone folder. I don't have a bone folder, so I just use the end of my scissors. Don't crease on the decorative side of the card, but on the inside.

Crease all lines.
Crease all lines. | Source

Step 6: Cut the two lines on short side just to the 1-inch mark.

Cut the lines on short side.
Cut the lines on short side. | Source
Another view of cut ends.
Another view of cut ends. | Source

Step 7: Pull in the two tabs and tape. One piece on each tab will do it.

Tape tabs down.
Tape tabs down. | Source

Step 8: On the outside of the box, tape down edges all around so they will be smooth.

Tape down all outside edges.
Tape down all outside edges. | Source

Step 9: If desired, cover the writing on inside of box with paper or card stock.

Cover bottom of box with card stock.
Cover bottom of box with card stock. | Source

Step 10: Make or buy something awesome, put in box and make someone happy!

Aw, for me? You shouldn't have!
Aw, for me? You shouldn't have! | Source

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Flo, and they're fun to make! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Viking, these little boxes are so much fun to make. I could just sit and make them all day! Thanks for the votes!

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      FloBe 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a great idea! I like to recycle and use mostly paper bags to "wrap" gifts. Often I end up shredding Christmas cards that are over a year old and put them in paper recycling, but this is a much better idea and can be reused from year to year.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Wow what a great idea. I am definitely going to bookmark this. I will be making these for sure. Your photos and instructions for making this gift box out of a greeting card were great!

      Thanks for SHARING Voted up and Awesome

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      ICindy, good idea!

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      ICindy 5 years ago

      I make card boxes also. I use double sided tape so tape won't be revealed on the outside of the box.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      EuroNinila: Thanks for taking a look!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Aw that is a cute idea

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      tammyfrost: Thank you! I really enjoy making them.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      thearbiter0808: Thanks for the vote and the link up! I really appreciate it!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Daniel Deepak: Thank you for the nice comment and thanks for stopping by!

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      Tammy Frost 5 years ago from Oregon

      Very Creative!

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      thearbiter0808 5 years ago

      Wow! I love the idea of using a greeting card to make boxes. You need not wrap your gift with the lovely designs of the card. I am writing a hub about recycling and this is one great idea on recycling unused cards. Will definitely link the page to yours. Voted up!

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      Maria Daniel Deepak 5 years ago from India

      Great idea. Wow, I loved 'em. I always wanted to make things like this. Thanks for providing such a nice hub.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      KoraleeP: Thanks for stopping by!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      alocsin: Thanks for the votes!

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      Koralee Phillips 5 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Wow! This is an excellent idea - I love it. Thanks for sharing :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is such a great idea even for used cards that I don't want to throw away. Voting this Up and Useful. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      pjpitts: There are all kinds of ideas for reusing greeting cards and paper in general. Why not make something pretty! Thanks for stopping by!

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      pjpitts 5 years ago from United States

      Great idea! What a great way to recycle pretty greeting cards.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      rLcasaLme: Thanks for the vote and comment! I hope your wife enjoys making the boxes as much as I do!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      RTalloni: Thank you! I like that step, too!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      kschimmel: Once you get the hang of it, they are quick to make, too! Thanks!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      rebeccamealey: I make sure I keep the really special cards in a photo album. Thanks for the comment!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      snakeslane: Thanks! This was my first tutorial. I tried to give enough information and not be too wordy!

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      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      My wife has this many cards and she doesn't know what to do with them. I'll definitely share this with her. This is very creative. Voted awesome for it!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Love the greeting card boxes and this is a super tutorial for them. Like step #10 very much! :)

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Useful for times you can't find a small box in just the right size.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great directions and pictures! A great recycle reuse idea, very green. My Mom has a gazillion old card but she likes to keep them as memorabilia....maybe this will help convince her!

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      snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

      What a clever idea, so practical. Gives new meaning to the concept of 're-gifting'. Thank you for sharing your idea EclecticFusion, and putting together an easy to follow photo layout. Regards, snakeslane