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How to make boxes from cards

Learn how to make boxes from cards with these easy step by step instructions. This is a great craft for recycling old greeting cards or Christmas cards. They make excellent gifts or a fun place to hold trinkets.Make these card boxes out of upcycled greeting cards. Great for gift giving, jewelry boxes, or even tooth fairy boxes! Loads of possibilities!

Greeting Card Boxes

Do you have a stack of old greeting cards lying around? Or would you like to reuse Christmas cards from last year that are so hard to throw away? This is one of my favorite ways to reuse them. Upcycled Card Boxes!! We just love giving old things new life!

If you are a crafter sometimes you might feel a little bit like a borderline hoarder.  I tend to hold onto things that I ‘might’ use ‘someday’ down the road.

So I keep random things that I have no room for, in a semi-organized fashion.  One of the things I have a hard time throwing away is cards.

Birthday cards, Christmas cards, baby shower cards, you name it I have some lying around. These reused card boxes are a really great way to upcycle greeting cards into something new!

Another fun way to use up old greeting cards!

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What you need for your own Card Box:

  • A greeting card
  • Scissors
  • A paper cutter (optional)
  • ….wait that’s it!

How to make greeting card boxes

Give new life to your old greeting cards! This is a great way to upcycle cards! You can reuse Christmas cards to make cute holiday decorations too!

Recycle old greeting cards into fun paper boxes. Works great with Christmas cards, baby shower cards, and more!


  • A greeting card


  • Scissors
  • A paper cutter (optional)


  1. Separate the front from the back of the card.
  2. Fold and cut the BACK to make a square.
  3. Using the back of the card as a guide, cut the front of the card into a square that is slightly bigger than the back.

Assembling the box

  1. Start with the back of the card.
  2. Fold all points to center and crease well.
  3. Fold all four corners across to the newly formed crease.
  4. Unfold
  5. Cut out the two small triangles on each side.
  6. Cut along the crease, do not cut both sides of the same square.
  7. Fold the corners to the middle, allowing the box to fold in on itself.
  8. Repeat with the top square.


Take note of the video and pictures to get the folding just right!


How will you use your greeting card boxes?

J made this card box for an Aunt’s 50th Birthday gift.
He found a penny from the year she was born and a penny from the current year to place in the box.
It was made from the invitation to her birthday party.
Here are a few more card boxes that I whipped up real quick.
I have been making these for years!  Our Grandma taught us when we were little girls.

Another fun idea is to use old Christmas Cards and place them as decorations around the house. Give new life to your old greeting cards! This is a great way to upcycle cards! You can reuse Christmas cards to make cute holiday decorations too!They make great tooth fairy boxes too.

No matter what you use them for they are really cute, easy to make, and cheap!!

Pin it so you don’t forget!Give new life to your old greeting cards! This is a great way to upcycle cards! You can reuse Christmas cards to make cute holiday decorations too!


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These are so cute! I just made one out of a coloring page I had lying around--I did it myself from a dollar store floral "adult" coloring book, and it was too pretty to throw away, but I didn't know what to do with it.I could also see making these with sheets of wallpaper from a sample book (some stores will give old ones away--you probably know that!) I love that the insides are just as pretty as the outsides!

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These look great. Very clever. x

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