I was getting Christmas decorations out of their box last weekend when I came across a hefty stack of Christmas cards from last year.
I’m one of those people, I keep cards, it’s just a waste throwing away a card that someone has taken the time to send you! So I keep them pointlessly in a box for a year and then throw them away afterwards…wierd.
Then I remembered a little trick I was taught as a kid & I thought I’d share! You might have seen how to do this before but I remember being awestruck as a little person; making one thing in to an entirely different thing? Witchcraft.
So without further ado I give you – Christmas Card Gift Boxes!
Pick out a beautiful used Christmas card.
I picked this one because it made me laugh, so I rewarded it with a new life as a box.
The prettier the card the better though really, I just used this one for illustrative purposes.
- Cut the card in two, so that you’re left with a front and a back.
- You’ll need to cut off about 5mm from the bottom piece of card, I just approximated – this part doesn’t need to be exact, it just needs to be smaller.
- Flip over the front piece of card and draw a cross – corner to corner.
- Fold over one of the corners so that it touches the centre point & smooth down the fold.
- Then fold again so that the line of the fold meets the central line.
& again, smooth that fold!
- Now, unfold what you have just done & the creases should look like the first picture above! (if it doesn’t maybe drop me a line, because this is easy stuff guys…)
- Then repeat the folding and unfolding process for all four corners until you are left with the top right picture – a grid pattern.
- Now, take some scissors and cut along the two central folds of the grid, ending just before the centre square – i’m not great at explaining but just like the picture, okay?
- Then fold the two side pieces into the centre, it should all start to make sense now…
- The tips of the two side pieces should meet each other in the middle.
- Then fold the corners around and flip the vertical pieces over to secure the side panels together – this is easiest done one at a time.
- All the corners should slot together and then just squeeze around the edges to fix in place!
- BAM! TINY BABY CHEESES BOX.
- Then you do exactly the same with your slightly smaller back piece & that will form the bottom of the box.
Put a present in that box!
If you’re anything like me, you only buy jewelry as a gift from places like Accessorize (Silver Dog when it’s someone special)…because we’re not millionaires are we guys..
But they don’t give you gift boxes & then you’re left with a limp necklace in tissue paper, and nobody wants that… Christmas Card gift boxes might just be the adorable (free) solution you never knew you were after!
Please teach your kids to do this if you have any, I was so stoked with myself when I learnt how to do this as a child – spread the joy!!