DIY Gift Box From An Upcycled Greeting Card

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I love creating something for free. And today’s idea is all about creating something useful from something that you may have been about to donate or throw away. Do you have some old greeting cards stored away? Well, here is how you can make a simple DIY gift box from your old cards!

No printable box template required.

How to Make A DIY Gift Box From An Upcycled Greeting Card

 

How to Make A DIY Gift Box From An Upcycled Greeting Card. Reuse your old Christmas, birthday & occasion cards & create zero waste gift wrap! This easy tutorial to make your own DIY gift boxes is the perfect way to repurpose old greetings cards into little gift packages. Use them for wrapping your home made crafts and christmas gifts. A perfect box sized for a small present such as jewellery, chocolates or money. Simple pictoral tutorial with step by step instructions.

These cute DIY gift boxes are a great way of repurposing your old greeting cards. Some greeting cards are perfect for being recycled. But if they have plastic coatings or glitter they cannot be recycled or donated. So by reusing them to make your own gift boxes you will be being far more sustainable and zero waste!

See my other ideas for simple zero waste gift wrap.

The resulting cardboard gift boxes are quite little, but they are the perfect size for wrapping jewellery, chocolates, money or your home made gifts. Any small unusually shaped gift ideas in fact. And I’m sure any loved one that gets one of these very personal homemade gift boxes will be delighted.

So are you ready for an easy tutorial on how to make a gift box step by step? Then read on!

For Making Gift Boxes You Will Need

Materials needed for DIY Gift Boxes

  • An old birthday card, Christmas card or occasion card. I prefer these to be on the larger side as that makes a larger box.
  • Scissors
  • Some double sided tape, roller tape or glue
  • A cup, glass or something round to score around

Cut the front from the back of the card – you can discard the back or use it in other greeting cards crafts.

Using glue on one end before rolling

Roll the card into a tube. And then stick the ends together using a glue roller or glue. Wait for this to set.

Rolling the card into a tube

Flatten the tube. I like to flatten it so that any design or photo is central to the top of the DIY gifts box.

Flattening the tube for the handmade gift box

Next, use the scissors with the cup or glass to score a semi circle to the front and back at each end. This means that you score 4 times on the card. You will be folding these scored ends.

Scoring the ends of the tube to make flaps

Fold in each scored end carefully down the lines you created.

Folding in the flaps Pinch the pointed ends to ensure the flaps stay closed.

Pinching the ends of the flaps to ensure the homemade gift boxes stay closed

And you have finished making your handmade gift box! You just need to work out what to place in your DIY boxes for gifts for all your friends!

DIY Boxes for gifts - How to Make A DIY Gift Box From An Upcycled Greeting Card. Reuse your old Christmas, birthday & occasion cards & create zero waste gift wrap! This easy tutorial to make your own DIY gift boxes is the perfect way to repurpose old greetings cards into little gift packages. Use them for wrapping your home made crafts and christmas gifts. A perfect box sized for a small present such as jewellery, chocolates or money. Simple pictoral tutorial with step by step instructions.

I just know that I am going to be making a load of Christmas gift boxes from all my leftover cards this year.

Also – You Can Make These With Other Types Of Paper

You can also use this box tutorial with other kinds of paper. Scrapbook paper, coloured card or origami paper are all good substitutes for the upcycled greeting card. 

You can even make them with an old toilet roll inner tube. Just flatten the tube, then score and fold in the ends as with the above. Another perfect zero waste crafts idea!

DIY gift box made from loo roll inner tube

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Do you think that you will be making any of these? And have you enjoyed this post giving tips on how to make a box for a gift from old upcycled greetings cards? If you love all things zero waste crafts and sewing then you may also like the following posts. I also have plenty of home made gift ideas projects on my site too, so do go take a look.

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DIY Boxes for gifts - How to Make A DIY Gift Box From An Upcycled Greeting Card. Reuse your old Christmas, birthday & occasion cards & create zero waste gift wrap! This easy tutorial to make your own DIY gift boxes is the perfect way to repurpose old greetings cards into little gift packages. Use them for wrapping your home made crafts and christmas gifts. A perfect box sized for a small present such as jewellery, chocolates or money. Simple pictoral tutorial with step by step instructions.

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