I love making packaging for homemade gifts, to me its half the fun. I was trying to think of something to put truffles in when I remembered making these boxes with my mum back when I was about 10. Isn’t it funny how once you have done something you can come back to it 10 years later and just do it again?!

These boxes are a great way to recycle old and used christmas cards you might be hoarding… yeah I know you do it too. Okay maybe its just me that hoards away every card I ever get given.

Also this doesn’t have to be exclusive to christmas and you could just use cardboard if you want.

Whatever you choose, these are sooo simple and quick.

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you will need

1. Cut your card in half so you have to pieces, the front and the back. Start with the piece from the back of the card.

2. With a ruler make a cross running from corner to corner on the blank side of the card. This is so you can find the centre.

3. Fold the long edges in to the middle of the cross. Run the ruler (or back of your nail) along the fold to make a sharp edge. Unfold.

4. Repeat with the short edges.

5. Make a cut along the fold line from the end to where it intersects with the fold line running horizontal to it. Repeat for all 4 corners.

6. Fold up the long edges and pull the “wings” together.

7. Fold the extra card over the wings. Repeat on the other side.

8. Tape down the card that was folded over on either end. (It will actually stay without tape  adding the tape just tidies it up and makes it sturdier)

9. Now repeat all the above steps for the front piece of the card with one small change. When you are folding the edges into the centre of the cross you need to leave a 3mm – 5mm gap between the centre and where you fold to.

10. Done! Pop some tissue paper in the bottom to make it pretty.

DIT: how to make boxes from old christmas cards - perfect for homemade gift giving

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