Eco Tutorial: Cute Little Box

Eco tutorial submitted by MaryZoom

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These little boxes are a good way to use up all those leftover greeting cards. I have also picked up greeting cards at yard sales and thrift shops EXTREMELY cheap! They are lots of fun to make and go together really fast. I made a ton of them one evening and put them in a big basket in my craft fair booth. I gave them away free with every purchase of a necklace.

Step 1: Gather the following tools and supplies:
- Leftover greeting card
(To determine which cards will work the best, try to look at the picture on the
front and see what would be left if you cut off 1 inch (2 cm) around the edges.)
- Quilting ruler
- Glue stick
- Rotary cutter
- Bone folder

Step 2: Cut the greeting card in half at the fold with the rotary cutter for a nice straight cut.

Step 3: Trim a sliver (about a 1/16 of an inch) off of one short end and one long end of the inside half. That way when the box is done, the bottom will fit inside the top.
Step 4: Take your bone folder and score both cards 1 inch (2.5 cm) from every edge and then cut 1 inch (2.5 cm) using the score line as a guide, on the short ends only to the score lines (see the picture).

Step 5: Bend in on all score lines of both pieces.

Step 6: Glue the short tabs on the ends inside the longer end tab.

Here is the box all finished!

Here is the box bottom, nested nicely into the top.

There you go – a cute finished eco-friendly box!

Here are some boxes that I made up in about 20 minutes for this tutorial. You can see that some of them have messages inside! Hope this helps you to use up all those leftover greeting cards. If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at maryellen@maryzoom.com.