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I love the covers of record albums. The art work is so cool! I've been making a lot of bowls and stuff with old records from Freecycle.
Now I think I found something good to do with the covers.

Make your own custom box for your x-mas presents. (then the box itself is a present too.)
 
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Step 1: Get Ready

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you will need:

- a record cover (bonus points if you find a x-mas one)
- scissors
- clear packing tape
- pencil
- ruler
- the thing you want to put in the box

Step 2: Cut the Cover

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Cut the cover along the edge, so now you have 2 squares.

Step 3: Size it Up

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Decide how big you want your box to be. I wanted mine to be big enough for this super awesome book that I'm going to give as a present.

I'm making the bottom of the box 1st.
Position the book on the cover where you want it, and trace.

Step 4: Make a Border

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Now decide how tall you want the box to be. I wanted mine to be 1" tall. Draw a border 1" around your existing lines. Then cut out along the border.

Step 5: Cut and Fold

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Now make 4 small cuts. (see picture)
Then fold up the walls of your box, tucking the tabs you just cut inside.

Step 6: Tape

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Now tape the box together.
Put a piece of tape on the corner, and cut on the corners of the tape. Fold the tape down, and it makes a nice neat corner.

Step 7: Now the top.

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Now you repeat all the steps to make the top of the box. (the lid)

Make sure the lid is just a smidge bigger, so that it can fit on top of the box. Also make the height of the lid shorter than the height of the box.

Step 8: Your done!

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That's it. Now you have the perfect size box for your present.

And it's groovy!

This is a great way to package anything you've made out of vinyl records. (coasters, jewelry, bowls) Or just throw in some candy or baked goods for a quick gift.
This is definitely one of those instructables that I smack my forehead over. I've made boxes like this before, but I'd never thought to make them out of LP covers. Nicely done!