Make Your Own Playing, Trading, Magic Card Deck Boxes




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

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

Step 2: Make an Guide to Trace

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

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

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

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

Test your box to make sure that cards fit.

And your are done.



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11 Discussions


2 years ago

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


3 years ago

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.

just awesome.PNG

3 years ago

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


3 years ago on Introduction

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.


4 years ago

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


4 years ago on Introduction

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

imburtonkaren 52

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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

8 years ago on Introduction

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