Introduction: 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.

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.


LoganL19 (author)2016-05-08

i made one for 120 cards sleeved and from a piza box

hart342 (author)2016-01-20

I got this card from a friend, he didn't realize the value but as soon as I saw it I knew what it was.

AustinH6 made it! (author)2015-10-25

Needed a bigger box for Epic to include all bonus cards. Used a cereal box and it worked great. Thanks

hart342 (author)AustinH62016-01-20

That looks cool

hart342 (author)2016-01-20

Hi, I think that that's a great idea, but I have more than 100 cards and I need to know how to make a bigger box while still having the original covers

broberts15 (author)2015-08-17

There are a lot of those who are asking for the measurements for the template. You can easily find that online. Just google "design your own deck box". There are several templates that can be found in images. You can also search for deck box templates.

boss geek (author)2015-06-25


LuizL1 (author)2015-03-06

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

amagee1 (author)2015-03-03

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

karen 52 (author)2010-08-14

By the way, where did you get the pics you used? karen 52

imburton (author)karen 522010-08-15

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 52 (author)2010-08-14

Good choices for the papers on your boxes. I made a comment about you on Facebook. karen 52

omnibot (author)2010-07-06

Those are some sweet looking boxes.

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