Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box




By Noreen Doll.

Recycle your Christmas cards into a colorful box that can store Christmas ornaments, hide gifts, or hold baked goodies.

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box by Crafty Journal

Create an easy whip stitched Christmas card box quickly and easily. Kids can make it, too.

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box by Crafty Journal

If you don’t have enough cards to make boxes, buy an inexpensive box of cards at the Dollar Store.

Supplies.

6 Christmas Cards

Yarn, Twine, or Narrow Ribbon

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Paper Punch

How to Make an Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box.

!. Assemble the cards.

You need 4 cards of equal size for the top, bottom, front and back of the box.

You need 2 cards of equal size for the ends, but different in size from the other 4 cards.

2. Cut the end cards to fit with the other cards.

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box by Crafty Journal

My 4 cards are 4 inches tall, so the end cards I used needed to be 4 inches square to fit the others.

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box by Crafty Journal

3. Punch the holes.

I punch the corners first. Then I punch the center hole,

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box by Crafty Journal

and then add holes evenly between the center hole and the corner holes.

and then add holes evenly between the center hole and the corners.

Don’t punch around the tops of the cards – except the hinged card on the back.

The card for the top will only be punched across the top where it hinges to the back.

I don’t measure for the holes – just guesstimate where they will be.

For this box, on the narrow side of the card I punched one hole between the center hole and the corner hole.

On the longer side I punched 2 holes between the center hole and the corner hole.

4. Lay your cards out as you will be putting them on the box.

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box by Crafty Journal

The bottom card is face up so that you can see the Christmas picture when you open the box.

5. Stitch the bottom of the front card to the box bottom.

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box by Crafty Journal

Stitch the bottom of the back card to the box bottom.

6. Attach an end card, starting at one top corner and stitching in a U shape down the side, across the bottom, and up the other side.

Make an extra stitch in each corner.

Attach the other end card.

7. Attach the top of the top card to the top of the back card.

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box by Crafty Journal

Your finished box is ready to be filled.

Tips.

These boxes look really pretty stitched with narrow ribbon.

An added nice finish could be to stitch around the top of the box and around the lid.

If you want to measure where you put the holes, measure and punch 1 side of a card and then use it as a pattern for all the other sides.

If you want to make a really sturdy box – to be used year after year – cut a piece of file folder (or other card stock) the same size as the cards and glue it between the cards.

Punch the cards after the glue dries. They will be harder to punch, but the box will be very sturdy.

You can use tall cards to make a taller, narrower box. Then the 2 smaller end cards would be on the top and bottom of the box instead of the sides.

Here are more ideas for how to  Turn Old Christmas Cards into New Treasures.

Noreen Doll.

Crafty Journal

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  1. This is such a creative and clever idea on re-purposing Christmas cards. I would love to share this link on my pages, with your permisssion of course. Thank you!

  2. very cute idea to recycle those cards!

  3. Thank you! I appreciate the link and I hope lots of people will see this idea and use it to re-purpose their cards.

  4. Very cute Idea…I love the recycling aspect! Hey I would love it if you shared your stuff on my new Link Party that starts tomorrow…Thursday!

  5. What a great idea! I think this is something my kids would love to do as well. Something to keep their little treasures in :-)

  6. Oh my! What a cute idea. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for being a part of our party. We really appreciate you! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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