Introduction: Cover for Playing/ Tradable Cards

How many times has the box of your playing cards been torn, or used away. Or maybe you have just created your own personal playing cards. You might even collect some kind of tradable cards (ex. Magic). In this instructable (my second one) I will show you an easy way on how to make a cover / box for your playing cards.

All you need is:

1. an A4 piece of cardboard (I would sugest white, so that you can draw or print on it.)
2. a printer (to print the outline of the box)
3. a pair of scissors
4. glue
5. tape (transparent)

Step 1: Get the Outline!

As a first step you will need to click HERE, enter the code and download the file. It has to be downloadable since it is in MS Word Format.

If you are planning on drawing the cover of your card box, print it the size you want it, without any further complications. THe box i made was made to hold about 60 cards measuring 2.5 inches in width by 3.5 inches in height. So if you will be wanting to change the size, check the diagram below to see what you have to change, according to the size and nuber of cards.If you want to add pics on the scheme you have saved, I would sugest you open it in a document, and add imges to the cover. When you are ready, print it.

The tricky part of this insructable is getting the size of the box right.You should first print a sample copy on a normal blank sheet of paper, the edit the sizes on the PC; then print it on the cardboard you will be using.

Now on for the next step.. THE CUTTING!

Step 2: The Cutting, and Bending!

Now comes the easy part.

First of all, cut the outline of the printed shape on your cardboard. You should get a square/ rectangle like shape.

If you have already drawn the box's cover on the Pc, it shouldn't be hard to guess which parts you need to cut off. But if you have decided to draw the cover by hand, this would be th time.

To get an idea on where you have to draw, check the 4th Drawing.

Now cut off the places I marked with black marker in the 4th image.

You should now get a pretty good shape.

Next step is to carefuly bed all the lines which were included in the diagram you printed originally. You should get something like the image no.6

Step 3: Glue and Tape!

The first time I made this box for my cards, I didn't use any glue at all. I just used tape, and covered the box with one layer of tape everywhere. This gives it extra protection and solidity. If you waould like to do this, there's no more help you can get from me.Just assemble the box, and start adding tape.

[NOTE: The front part of the box has got two pieces coming out from the bottom (if you bent it well). Make sure that they come over the other flat attatched to the back. Check the image below for further details.]

If you want to keep the cover with the cardboard texture, view the images below very carefully.

Put glue on the places indicated by the second image. These places would be the 3 bottom flaps.
The two places in the image marked with "glue this place, too!" should go above the single flap attatched to the back side.

Now, it's time to glue the second part. Check the 3rd picture below. the part marked with GLUE HERE, should go under the opposite flap on which you might have drawn or printed something.

That would be enough. But I would sugest using two tiny pieces of transparent tape to hold the bottom of the box in case the cards get heavy. (Check out pics 4,5 and 6)

You have just made you Playing Cards Cover!!

PS: Check out the website HERE to create your own personal playing tradable cards)


mommyofpj (author)2010-07-17

can u put a pdf file for the box so we can just print it....tnx!