Friday, 19 January 2018

Turn Old Christmas Cards into Gift Boxes Part 1

Turn Old Christmas Cards into Gift Boxes Part 1 

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those old Christmas cards after the silly season?
Well, today I am going to share with you what we like to do if we can't recycle our 
cards locally...See below for all the details...but we also have a great YouTube Video
for you to check out too...To help with some of those tricky parts.

Supplies that you are going to need 

Old Christmas Cards (Rectangle Cards)
6.5" Quilting Ruler or larger 
School Ruler (30cm or 12" in Length)
18mm Rotary Cutter
Glue Stick
Wonder Clips
Paper Creaser

grab all your supplies and 
Let's get Started 

Step 1. Take your card and cut in half. 
Then take the top front of your card and mark a
X in the middle of the card with your lead pencil.

                                           Step 2. Take the short side of the card and fold to
the centre of the marked cross and repeat to the opposite, 
Pressing to create a Crease. 
Now take your long edge of your rectangle 
and do the same thing, creasing into the centre cross,
making sure that you are making a good crease in your card.
you can check out the Video for a clearer image 

Step 3. Once you have made all your creases
Erase out your marked cross.

Step 4. Now get your scissors and on the shorter end of the right-hand side
cut into the first horizontal Crease, now repeat on the left-hand side.
These will form the ends of your boxes. 
Now repeat to the opposite end on of the card.

Step 5. Next, we get our Glue Pen and the right-hand side little tab as shown in Video
and we put a dab of glue on this tab and stick to the end the end of our box, 
as you can see the box is starting to take shape.
 Repeat at the opposite end. 

Step 6. As you can see we have some excess card left at each end. 
We are now going to fold these over our ends, 
this will give us a nice even finish to the top of our gift box. 
                                                       As you can see in the Video
                    you need to add a little bit of glue and a couple wonder clips to secure.

Step 7. Now that we have made our top of the gift box, we move
onto forming the bottom of our gift box. 
We are going to do the same thing as the top but first, 
we need to trim some of the cards from one long side and one short side of the card, we only have to remove a quarter inch from each of these sides...
IMPORTANT: If you haven't seen the Video now is the time to view it as you will be able to see the following in more detail...
Only remove a quarter inch from one short and one long side of your card bottom...if you remove any more than this then your gift box bottom will be too loose. If you are still not sure, then watch this video to show exactly what we have done. 

Step 8. Repeat steps one to step six. making sure that all your sides 
are secure and glued into place.

Tada, you have now made your own little gift box to use for anything
you like...I have used them for all sorts of things
in the past from wonder clip holders to making Little Sewing Kits as gifts for my sewing friends and even Jewellery for my girls...

I hope you like what we have shared with you today.
We always love seeing what you are making,
 so why not head over to our Facebook group and Join in the fun
of sharing what your gift boxes with the community. 

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                                   Join me next week for part 2 of our gift box series where
I will be making a little ring box. 

Until then 
Happy Quilting & Crafting ") N 


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