How to turn record album sleeves into swanky boxes #Do It Yourself#gifts#holidays December 24 | Offbeat Intern Pretty packaging can corral gifts with several itty bitty parts, or just dress up a thoughtful little something. Buying packaging materials can feel frustrating, but whether you're trying to stay budget conscious or eco-savvy, this is how to turn an old record album sleeve into a swanky gift box. Materials and Tools Record Sleeve(s) Scissors Hot glue gun and glue Long ruler (longer than the box = best) Procedure Step 1: Cut your sleeve apart into two squares (the front and the back). This is easiest if you cut from the opening along the top and then the bottom, then finally across the last edge. Make your own "12 Beers of Christmas" gifts It can be a challenge when it comes to Christmas shopping for your spouse, friend, parent, or co-worker… but the gift of booze is usually... [more] Step 2: Decide on the size of your box. 1" deep is a wider, shorter square box, and 3" is a skinnier, taller square box. I like 2" deep for multipurpose use. The rest of this tut will use the 2" — just swap out your number for the 2 if you want a different depth. Step 3: Starting with the original opening edge of your box-bottom-to-be, measure up 2 + 1/16" along the right and the left side and use the edge of your scissors to score that mark. (Why the extra 1/16" you ask? Well, that makes the box-bottom ever so slightly (er, 1/16") smaller than the top, which lets the top slide snugly over it when the whole shebang is done. If you make them both exactly 2" they won't fit together. Sad trombone.) Step 4: Using your long ruler, line up your two small score marks and score the entire edge. Then fold it along the scored line. Step 5: Repeat on the opposite edge (the sleeve will be straightest on the original opening edge and the opposite edge, making your measurements and marks more accurate). Step 6: Using your fold lines as straight edges on the remaining sides, repeat the measure/mark/folds. Step 7: Cut along the scored edge of each little corner square as shown (cut the same way on each side of your box-bottom). Step 8: Fold these tabs inward and apply hot glue generously. Press into place to form corners of the box and hold for a few moments, applying pressure to evenly spread the glue. Step 9: Repeat this at each corner until you have your completed box bottom. Step 10: With the box-top, repeat steps 3-9 only this time do not add the extra 1/16". Step 11: When glue has dried, slip the larger top over the smaller bottom box. TaDA! Applications: Gift boxes are a gimme for this kind of packaging, but you can also use these ideas to store goodies, hold concert tickets and programs, or even fold a few boxes to send foods in (line them with wax paper, in that case). Tips: This process give you opportunities to upcycle record sleeves, cereal boxes, or other stiffer paper products into packaging for treats. Decorate with some stamps, stickers, markers, sky's the limit. Your Turn! What will you be packaging with record sleeve boxes? Tell us how you'll make this project your own in the comments below. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Offbeat Intern PREVIOUS 7 reasons why SimpleRegistry can make getting what you need RIDICULOUSLY simple NEXT Celebrating Christmas as an Atheist Toggle comments [ 2 ] Awesome! I love up-cycling and this is a perfect way to do it. Of course all my presents are wrapped now, so I'm bookmarking this for next year! 1 agrees Reply I love this idea! 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.