Learn how to make boxes out of old greetings cards.A great way to recycle old Christmas or birthday cards and give them a new lease of life.
This is another one of those crafts that I used to make in school. It's a simple and inexpensive way to create gift boxes for small presents like sweets or tealights. We used to make these little gift boxes out of old recycled Christmas cards but since it's Spring and Christmas is quite a way off I decided to make mine out of birthday cards instead.
I've showed you how to make a simple diy gift box before using a score board but as much as I love it I know it's not something everyone has. This time I wanted to show a quick, foolproof method without a scoreboard in sight.
I bought some new cards for this diy. I fell in love with that llama and the sausage dog is super (get it?) cute. I liked the idea of using the birthday messages as an extra surprise when you open the box but you could just as easily recycle old cards. Simply cut off the fronts and mix and match your designs.
Supplies: A selection of cards (old or new), a ruler, pencil, eraser, a pair of scissors or a paper trimmer and some paper glue.
How to fold and score an old cards to make gift boxes:
1. Take your card and cut it in half along the center fold.
2. To make the lid of your box use a ruler to draw diagonal lines from the corners to form an 'X' in the middle of your card.
3. Folds the sides in to meet in the middle marked by the 'X'. You may need to use a bone folder or the edge of your ruler to help get a nice crisp fold.
4. Open your card back out and rotate 90 degrees. Repeat and fold both sides in to the center again.
5. Open your card back out. You should now have 4 creases running along the edges of your card.
6. Rub out any pencil marks. To make the sides of your box cut where the 2 creases intersect. Do this for all 4 corners.
7. Cut notches into the inside of each tab. This will help the sides of your box sit neatly together.
8. Put some double sided tape or glue on the back of each tab and stick your box together. You want to glue the smaller tabs on the inside.
9. Repeat the steps above to make the base of your box. You need to make the base smaller then the lid. There are 2 ways to do this.
The first way is to trim 2 mm of each side of your card and repeat the steps above. The base of your box will be slightly smaller and the lid should fit on easily. The only problem with this is the lid and the base of your box will sit flush and can be a little tricky to open.
The second way (and the way I made mine) is to repeat the steps above but when folding the sides in fold them 2/3 mm past the 'X' in the center. This will make the bottom of the box smaller and the sides of your box marginally taller so that there's a small lip at the bottom of your box to hold as you open and close it.
If you're using a rectangular card the process is exactly the same except the 2 shorter sides will be slightly taller than the longer sides. You can either trim away any excess or fold it over the top and glue it down.
These boxes are a great thing to keep in stock for any gift giving emergencies. You could even pre-cut and fold your boxes and store them flat until needed.
What do you think? Have you ever made gift boxes out of recycled old greetings cards? I know it's something I'll be doing again in the future.
P.S. Don't forget to check out my other diy gift box tutorials for more ideas.
Happy Friday. I'm back with another Easter origami project, this time a diy origami egg cup. If you need something to stop your newly decorated eggs from rolling all over the table you can fold these quick egg cup holders in a matter of minutes. Perfect for the impatient crafter.
1. Take a 6 inch square of origami paper and fold it in half to make a rectangle.
2. Fold the paper in half again to make a square and then open it back out to a rectangle.
3. Take the right edge and fold to meet the center crease. Repeat on the other side before opening both sides back out.
4. Open out the side and collapse down to make a triangle.
5. Collapse down the left hand side as well.
6. Flip the paper over.
7. Fold both edges in to meet the center.
8. Fold the bottom right corner up to the center.
9. Repeat and fold the bottom left corner up to the center crease to make an upside down triangle.
10. Flip the paper over and repeat steps 8 and 9.
11. Fold the top triangle up to meet the top of the paper. Flip the paper over and repeat on the other side.
12. Open out from the bottom to make the base and press down in the middle to form the cup.
13. Place your egg in the cup and display.
I love the sunny yellow origami paper. It makes me think of daffodils and spring. I'm holding out for more of the bright spring-like days I caught a glimpse of on Thursday. They can't be too far away, can they?
If that’s not enough you can check out my other Easter crafts including bunnies, wreath and baskets and decorated eggs here.
Want more? Get my FREE easy origami projects ebook when you sign up for the Newsletter.
Easter wouldn't be Easter without a rabbit or two would it? Learn to make these origami bunny baskets with this video tutorial. They're fun to make all year round but particularly in Spring with Easter right around the corner.Read More
Here's a quick little project that's fun to make for Valentine's Day, pretty patterned paper origami hearts. Each one only took me a few minutes to make and can be made with any decorative paper you have on hand. String them up as a garland or share the love by hiding them all over the house. Cute, right?
Follow the steps below to learn how to make your own origami hearts this Valentine's Day.
1. Take your A4 piece of paper and fold down the top right corner to the left edge.
2. Unfold and do the same on the other side.
3. When you open it up you should have a pyramid shape. Pull the top of the paper down and allow the sides to collapse in. Press down and crease to form a triangle.
4. Fold the right corner of the triangle up towards the top peak. Do the same on the other side.
5. Take the right hand edge of the paper and fold in to the center. Repeat on the other side.
6. Flip your paper over and fold the bottom edge up to the meet the base of the triangle.
7. Take the first layer of the top of your triangle and fold down. This will form an upside down triangle pocket.
8. Now take the bottom right corner and fold towards the center. This part can be a little tricky as there is a small flap underneath that will want to fold up at the same time so make sure to only fold the top layer forward.
9. Tuck the corner into the triangle pocket and fold and crease. Do the same on the other side.
10. You should now be left with 2 triangle flaps sticking up at the top. Take these flaps and fold them down at an angle. Tuck the tips into the pocket and press flat.
And that's it. All done.
Not quite what you're looking for? Maybe one of last years diy origami hearts will be more your cup of tea.