Thursday, January 3, 2008

Make this cute box from an old greeting card

I always like to personalise my gifts. This handmade box is one of my favourites. It's perfect for cute 'n' tiny gifts like trinkets. Simply line the box with some coloured tissue, cotton or shredded paper and pop in your gift! Finish with a matching satin ribbon and a tag, if you wish, for a professional touch.

You need -

  • an old greeting card
  • a pair of scissors
  • glue
  • a ruler
  1. Start by cutting the greeting card into two - cut on the fold. These will make the lid and the base. (The front of the card, with the picture/design, will make the lid.)
  2. To make the lid - on the blank side of the lid piece, draw margins of 2cms on all four sides.
  3. On two opposite sides, cut along the line until the point where the margins intersect.
  4. Fold the card inwards along the margins.
  5. Fold the two cut-out tabs inward and glue them to make the sides of the box.
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. For the base, margins need to be 1.5cms (so that the lid can fit over it snugly). Repeat the rest of the instructions.
  8. Your box is now ready!

The shape of the box depends on the shape of the greeting card. As most greeting cards are rectangle, your box will also be rectangle. If you want a square box, cut your card into a square before you start. Also, the depth of the box will depend on the margins - the bigger the margins, the deeper the box. You can try different measurements and have fun with the results!