by Tammy Taylor~
Those beautiful holiday cards! They all come in for weeks and are displayed for their beauty until after the holidays are over. Then what? Whelp, I’m not throwing them away – what a waste. These days I’m turning them into small gift boxes. Now isn’t that the ultimate repurposing in action?
Repurposing powers: UNITE!
Come see how easy this is, y’all…
I take one of those holiday cards with a cute design on front. It’s best to use one that has at least a semi-centered design. Then I cut the front of the card from the back, leaving me two equal halves of the same card. I’ll focus on the front of the card with that beautiful design first.
I flip it over to the blank side & lay a ruler diagonally from corner to corner. With a pencil I make a light mark about the middle of the card. (mark it lightly, you’ll be erasing it later)
Then I repeat on the other side. What I’m left with is a penciled-in ‘X’ in the exact middle of the card.
Now I fold the short end to the middle of the X where the lines intersect and press to crease. I repeat that with the other short end, and then with each long end too.
I’m just creasing the sides of my box at this point, see? I drew lines along the creases so you could view them easier. You can erase the pencil X now, you no longer need it.
Starting at the corners on the short end, cut the crease alongside the long end just to where the creases intersect. You repeat this on the other side. These tabs will help form your box.
Now you fold the flaps together (tape if you want) and then flip the remaining tab over and around. It’ll be a little longer than the side tabs so it folds over & makes a nice finished edge. Tape or glue to secure.
There – the top of our repurposed greeting-card box is complete. Isn’t it cute?? Now to assemble the bottom.
You want it to be slightly smaller than the top so that the box will fit together easily but snugly. So I cut 1/4″ inch off of just one of the short ends, and 1/4″ from just one of the long ends. Now you have a slightly-smaller version of the front of the card. So you follow the exact same directions for folding, creasing, cutting and BOOM! There’s the bottom of your box. The top should slide on it easily yet snugly.
What a cute way to repurpose those beautiful cards after they’ve brought you joy all season. I plan to use them to hold our homemade soaps and give them as gifts.
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