Whether we’ve graduated, started a new job, or just simply had a birthday, chances are that by December, we all have a pile of cards hanging around. As the holiday season approaches, lettering artist Livy Long usually finds herself revisiting all of the cards she’s received to reminisce on the past 12 months. For many years now, she’s repurposed these cards and their attached messages by turning them into small gift boxes to share with friends and family, and today she’s giving us the step by step of how to do it.
I actually learned how to make these boxes way back in the sixth grade and have been cutting and folding up my greeting cards ever since. (Shout out to my awesome Pre-Algebra teacher for showing my class how to do this!) At that time, who knew I’d end up designing those cards for a living?
Although tiny, the boxes pack a lot of punch. Bonuses? They’re recycled. They’re handmade. They’re filled with love and sentiment. And more times than not…they’re totally adorable.
I invited a few friends to join the box-making bandwagon during a lunch break, and we had a fun time making something new out of the already cool design elements the cards had to offer. We used inside patterns, front-cover artwork, and even ripped off some ribbons that had been attached to the cards we started with. In under an hour, our small group had created a cute collection of under-the-tree-worthy gift boxes—perfect for jewelry, cash gifts, and all the other small presents your heart desires.
Each box only takes one card and less than fifteen minutes to make. Download and print our free template and get folding!
DO YOU HAVE CREATIVE USES FOR YOUR GREETING CARDS?