Make your own playing, trading, magic card deck boxes

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This is my first instructable, and it's a very simple concept, but card boxes are $3 to $10 and it only takes about 10 minutes to make your own.


Here is how to make your own trading card boxes using an old box.  They can be made to fit magic, poker, Pokemon, or any other cards that you have a box for.

You will need a pen, some paper, a razor, and a cutting board.  A ruler is also handy.
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Step 1: Open up your old box

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Take your box and carefully cut along line where they glued it.

Step 2: Make an guide to trace

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Start by making a paper "mold" so that you can make multiple boxes.

Unfold your box and trace around all the edges.  Make sure to mark where you're going to fold it also.

Then cut out the paper "mold".  Make  sure not to cut your fold marks.

Step 3: Trace your guide onto cardboard

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Trace your mold on to an interesting peice of cardboard.  I have used Booster boxes, Cornflakes boxes, and Popsicle boxes.  But any un-corrugated box will do.  If you are using an interesting box make sure to figure out what picture you want to appear on which fold.

Sadly on this one the cool dragon is too far off center so I chose the minitar.

Step 4: Cut out the cardboard

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Careful cut out your box. 

Always cut away from your self, and I like to also cut away from the center so if the knife slips it doesn't ruin the box.

Step 5: Fold and tape the cardboard

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Fold your box.  Tape the seam that was glued on your original box.  I also like to tape the bottom for extra strength.

Step 6: Test your box

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Test your box to make sure that cards fit.

And your are done.
boss geek1 month ago


LuizL14 months ago

HI!I don't have any deck box for the mold, can you give a mold prepared for print?

amagee14 months ago

Is there a way you can give us the measurements? I don't have any old box to cut up.

karen 524 years ago
By the way, where did you get the pics you used? karen 52
imburton (author)  karen 524 years ago
Starting at the top... Cornflakes box. Middle row. 2 booster boxes... Time spiral and Planar Chaos Bottom row. First two come from the poster that is around a fat pack... and the last is from a booster box (Guild Pact)
karen 524 years ago
Good choices for the papers on your boxes. I made a comment about you on Facebook. karen 52
omnibot5 years ago
Those are some sweet looking boxes.