From DIY home decor to handmade gifts, here are the best arts and crafts to spark your creativity

Album Cover Box

I love the covers of record albums. The art work is so cool! I've been making a lot of bowls and stuff with old records from Freecycle.
Now I think I found something good to do with the covers.

Make your own custom box for your x-mas presents. (then the box itself is a present too.)

Get Ready

you will need:

- a record cover (bonus points if you find a x-mas one)
- scissors
- clear packing tape
- pencil
- ruler
- the thing you want to put in the box

Cut the Cover

Cut the cover along the edge, so now you have 2 squares.

Size It Up

Decide how big you want your box to be. I wanted mine to be big enough for this super awesome book that I'm going to give as a present.

I'm making the bottom of the box 1st.
Position the book on the cover where you want it, and trace.

Make a Border

Now decide how tall you want the box to be. I wanted mine to be 1" tall. Draw a border 1" around your existing lines. Then cut out along the border.

Cut and Fold

Now make 4 small cuts. (see picture)
Then fold up the walls of your box, tucking the tabs you just cut inside.


Now tape the box together.
Put a piece of tape on the corner, and cut on the corners of the tape. Fold the tape down, and it makes a nice neat corner.

Now the Top

Now you repeat all the steps to make the top of the box. (the lid)

Make sure the lid is just a smidge bigger, so that it can fit on top of the box. Also make the height of the lid shorter than the height of the box.

Your Done!

That's it. Now you have the perfect size box for your present.

And it's groovy!

This is a great way to package anything you've made out of vinyl records. (coasters, jewelry, bowls) Or just throw in some candy or baked goods for a quick gift.


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