(Ideal central motif card to use)
These make wonderful gift boxes for small items such as jewelry, scarves, money, checks, and candy.
My directions are simpler than many I found online. I published a how-to in the kids' magazine put out by Focus on the Family last year.
If you choose to make them, have fun. The first one is a little hard, but after that you can make many. Kids, especially boys, seem to make the most!
What you'll need:
- Old Christmas cards
- Stapler, white glue or tape
How to make them:
Below is an example of an asymmetrical design. It can make a cute box too, but some parts will be lost in the folds.
- On the inside of the card hold the ruler from one diagonal corner to the other, and draw an X mid line. Can use pencil if you want to erase your mark later.
- On the short end, cut a slit from the end to where the two lines intersect There will be two cuts on each end. (See the picture below)
- Repeat on opposite end.
- Place the ruler on the inside of one line. Hold it and bend the card towards the inside and crease, or use scissors, ruler or a glue stick as a creaser/iron.
- Repeat on each line, creasing toward the middle.
- Fold the short end (wall) up. Cross the two shorter legs criss-cross under the longer "tab" that has been created that sticks out past the short end.
- Fold the tab to the inside (they are creased). Place a piece of tape on the tab and stick it to the inside "wall" (short end) of the box.
- Repeat for opposite long end.
- Repeat the three steps above for the opposite short end.
- Repeat the above steps for the back of the card. This will be the bottom of the box.
- Optional: Cut a piece of paper or cardstock to fit inside the box to cover up the greeting and signature from the card. Tape in place.
- Make the bottom of the box just like the front side. If the card is not too thick, you can fold the two sides through all steps. You can also use scrapbook paper to make boxes as long as they are not too big. Thinner paper isn't as strong as card stock.
Happy Christmas boxes!