How to Make Boxes from Greeting Cards

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I don’t remember exactly when I learned to make boxes from greeting cards, but I do remember where I was taught and who was there.  It was a family gathering, around Christmastime.

For whatever reason, one of my extended relatives was teaching us how to make these neat boxes.  I think it was because she had given a gift in a greeting card box and everyone was really impressed.

Once you learn how to make these, you’ll agree with me — making boxes from cards is fun and easy!bphotoart-greeting-card-boxes-

Step 1: find an old greeting card, or an extra one you won’t need for its original purpose anymore.

Step 2: Cut the card in half, at the fold line.  If you’ve got skills, like me, you could even gently tear it in half.  Your call.


Step 3: Find a ruler and line it up along the edge of the card.  Use a pen to draw a fold/cut line on the card.  I just used the width of the ruler, but you could measure in 1″ if you want.  This measurement will determine how tall your box is.



Step 4: Next, you’ll want to make four cuts along the lines you just made.  DO NOT cut the whole length — just cut in to where the two lines intersect.  You will be folding all the other lines, as shown below.


Step 5: Now it’s time to put the box together. Fold the sides of the box in, and then flip up the remaining part of the box side.  Take a peek at the visual below to see what I mean.


Step 6: Secure the flaps you just folded with tape, or glue them if you prefer.  I’m lazy and use clear tape, as shown below.  You can tape the inside and outside, or just the outside, depending on how sturdy you want the box to be.


Step 7: Repeat Steps 2-6 for the other half of the card so that you can have a box lid!


Note that your box top and bottom will be the exact same size, so there may be a little warping/bending of the bottom as you fit them together.  You can solve this if you want, by trimming a slim piece (1/16″ or so) of the width and length of the “bottom” card piece before getting started. Again, it’s all about priorities, and whether you want to spend the extra energy doing this.


Toby had lots of fun putting the boxes together and taking them apart again.  he also started playing with them as boats, which prompted another greeting card-based activity, which i’ll be blogging about a bit later… bphotoart-greeting-card-boxes-1503

We made many boxes, and Toby had fun stacking them.  Wouldn’t these be cute for delivering little gifts?


There you have it.  I told you this was pretty easy.  And it’s addicting too.  Here are a few snapshots from that first year we learned how to make the greeting card boxes.  My mom and I got a little carried away with it.  Or maybe not.  Your guess is as good as mine!



You don’t have to limit yourself to using a particular season of greeting card.  These ones were made from Christmas cards, but you could make greeting card boxes from wedding cards, baby shower cards, birthday cards,…. well, you get the idea.

Do you have any nifty ways to repurpose old greeting cards?  If so, I’d love to hear about your ideas in the comments below.

20 Responses

  1. Nikki

    That is such an easy yet brilliant idea! Now you have the perfect boxes for small gifts for next Christmas! So smart. Or, of course, you could just let that handsome little man use them for building cool structures. I love your detailed yet easy tutorial, I’m not very crafty yet feel like I could make this. Thanks!

  2. Audrey M

    This is such an amazing idea! I love finding ways to recycle and upcycle things from the holidays. This would also be cute to do with birthday party cards and special holiday cards as well!

  3. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    What a fantastic tutorial! I love it! It gives me an option on what to do with the beautiful greeting cards that I get. Instead of recycling them I could make them into boxes. Thanks for such an awesome DIY! 🙂

  4. Amanda

    What a fun way to repurpose and recycle. As most moms know, the simplest toys are always the most fun. Cardboard box, anyone? Thanks for sharing and being specific with your step by step process.

  5. Tami

    Now, this is my kind of craft! I have some left over Christmas cards that I could use to do this. I could then use a few of the homemade boxes for our sets of playing cards.

  6. Anita Utami

    What a great idea! So far the cards in my house are just piling up in a box. This is a wonderful way to showcase cute cards like the ones with family picture. Thank you for putting a very clear tutorial. I will definitely try this!

  7. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    Oh wow, this is such a lovely idea and a fab way of reusing all those greeting cards. I think these boxes would be perfect for storing keepsakes or sending gifts in, especially if the recipient was the person the card was from in the first place. I’m now off to try and make one with my mountain of cards from over the years 🙂

  8. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)

    That my new blogging friend is the cutest idea ever! So excited to have found your blog and to check it out more. I love this tip. I have SOOOO many christmas cards left that I could do this with! Awesome! I better get to work on my boxes!

  9. Lauren Harmon

    This is such a creative idea and so fun! I’m loving all the different ways you could use these boxes as well, birthday cards made into beautiful keepsake boxes and Christmas cards returned to the owner with a bow and a gift inside! I’m totally excited to play with this idea and thankful for the inspiration! 🙂

  10. I love that idea. You are so creative! Thanks for the tutorial and sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup. Pinned to our linkup board.

  11. Joanne T Ferguson

    Always enjoy seeing your posts Betsy and thanks for sharing with the Say G’day Party! Pinned and hope to see you on Saturday!

  12. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Nikki! Yes, we did use some as building blocks. 🙂

  13. Betsy Finn

    Yes, exactly, Audrey!

  14. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Cara! Glad to inspire 🙂

  15. Betsy Finn

    Oh…yes. the cardboard box is a favorite at our house too, Amanda!

  16. Betsy Finn

    What a great idea, Tami! I never thought of using thwse for playing cards…..but it would be perfect.

  17. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Anita! Glad to give your cards new life 🙂

  18. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Fi Ni! Hope you have many new boxes now 🙂

  19. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Cindy!

  20. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Lauren, happy to inspire!