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How To Make A Gift Card Box

Published July 11, 2011        by Sarah

Image by Wonderdawg777 on FlickrMillions of people give and receive gift cards every year.  They are perfect for everyone and virtually any situation.  It allows the recipient to choose the gift they would like best.  It can be perfect for those hard-to-shop-for people – as well as those hard-to-shop-for occasions. Like when you want to buy your spouse something sexy to wear but don’t dare guess her size!  A gift card helps solve these gift-giving problems, but they can be a bit impersonal. That is why it is such a great idea to make your own gift card box with which to present them. A party gift card box can either be the box in which you put the card to be received or a box that is set out at a birthday, wedding, or other party to receive cards.  Either way, they are easy to make!

Let’s look at card boxes that you can make with which to present your gift card.  There are any number of ways to do this, including buying little boxes.  But let’s make our own using old greeting cards.  All of us have a collection of cards, especially Christmas cards, that we don’t know what to do with. Instead of putting them in the recycling, put them to use.

Image by Muffet on FlickrIf there is writing in the card, glue a piece of paper over it to cover it.  Next, cut the greeting card in half on the fold.  You’ll start by working on the top of the box.  Using one of the card halves, measure and trim 1/8 inch off one of the long sides and one of the short sides.  You do this to ensure that the top of the box is just a bit smaller than the bottom so they will fit together perfectly.

Next, use a ruler to measure an inch around each side.  Draw a very light line to mark it, and then score it.  You can do this by running an empty ball point pen over the lines.  The goal is not to cut it but to make it foldable.  Repeat this with the other half of the card (but don’t trim it!).

Flip the card so you’re looking at the shorter end.  You will have two little squares where the scored lines intersect.  Cut these squares out to make the flaps for the box.  Put a dab of glue or double-sided tape on the little flaps and then secure them to the sides of the box.  You now have one half of your box done.  Do the same thing on the other half of the card to complete the second half of your box.

You can play with the dimensions of the box, if you want.  This example is perfect for gift cards, but with a little tweaking, you can make a great box for little candies or other small birthday gifts.

A gift card box that is used at a party provides guests with a receptacle for their cards and gift cards.  First, find a box with a lid that will suit your needs (depending on the number of guests).  Cut a rectangular hole in the box.  It should be big enough to allow a visitor to slip a card or gift card in.  Remember, cards often have something inside of them, so make the slit is large enough!

Buy appropriate wrapping paper or make your own with brown paper and some imagination.  Lay your wrapping paper down on the table, right side facing the table, and put the box in the middle.  Roll up some tape and put it on the bottom and sides of the box.  Begin by pulling the paper up, and smoothing wrinkles as you go.  At the top, tuck the paper into the box.  You can cut slits in the paper so it lies very smoothly and seamlessly.  Tape inside to secure the paper.  Next, cover the lid. Cut small slits in the paper to accommodate for the card slot and then tape it securely underneath the lid. Now you can decorate your card box any way you like or leave it plain with the wrapping paper.  These are perfect for both gift cards and greeting cards.

Homemade party gift card boxes help you transform an ordinary present into an extraordinarily thoughtful one.

Not a gift card giver? Try some of these ideas: