How Do I Make a Custom Playing Card Box?

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How Do I Make a Custom Playing Card Box?

Posted By George Root     September 22, 2021    

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Many people have a deck of cards that they use for card games, but what about the box? The box is an important part of any set of playing cards. If you want to make your own custom deck with a matching box, it's easier than you might think. 

 

When you are looking for a playing card box that is custom-made, it is important to know how long the process will take. If you want something made in one day, there are certain specifications that must be met before we can start on your order. 

 

For example, if you need more than ten boxes at once or if you require customization of any kind (more than just the color), then it may take up to two days for us to complete your order. 

 

In this blog post, we will walk through how to create your own custom cardboard playing card boxes from scratch. 

 

Choose a size box that will fit the cards,

 

Number each box to ensure that they are not mixed up and placed in the wrong order. If you wish, use a numbering machine or stickers to mark your boxes with numbers (we suggest numbering them from smallest to largest). This will keep everything organized during transport. Boxes should fit snugly within one another like Russian nesting dolls. Think egg carton style instead of cardboard shoe boxes. 

 

Boxes should be easy to lift and carry

 

The boxes we make are sturdy, but if you wish for added durability, go with a thicker box material such as chipboard (200-400 gsm). Chipboard is more expensive than standard cardstock. So keep that in mind when deciding on your budget. You can find thick cardboard at most office supply stores or Uline.

 

This will give the box extra weight, which makes it easier to grab off of shelves or move around without damaging the cards inside. If you want an even sturdier option, try foam core board which is often used by artists for creating small three-dimensional objects like dioramas. 

 

To make the box even more durable, you can line it with a plastic bag. When folding your cardstock to create the box, try using a bone folder for cleaner folds. You want nice sharp edges on all of your boxes' sides. 

 

This tool helps get them straight and clean without damaging or tearing the paper. If you don't have access to one, just use something smooth like a ruler. But keep in mind that these will leave lines where they were pressed into the fold, so be mindful when placing your patterned paper onto each side of your newly folded piece. 

 

Purchase foam sheeting and spray adhesive

 

Cut the pieces from your foam sheeting, so they fit perfectly inside of each box you have created. Be sure to only use one layer for a more realistic look and cut out an extra set in case something goes wrong with your first attempt. Once you've got all of them covered, spray some adhesive onto the backs and place them into their corresponding boxes. If using two layers, repeat these steps until satisfied with how well it matches up against the front cover patterned paper.

 

For a nice finishing touch, add decorative papers or stickers around where each box meets its lid. This will hide any rough edges that may be leftover when gluing your inner sheets together. 

 

Be sure to only use one layer for a more realistic look and cut out an extra set in case something goes wrong with your first attempt. Once you've got all of them covered, spray some adhesive onto the backs and place them into their corresponding boxes. If using two layers, repeat these steps until satisfied with how well it matches up against the front cover patterned paper. 

 

Cover the inside of the box with foam sheeting, making sure to cut out any openings for your deck of cards

 

This will prevent your cards from bending and protect them against any damage that the box itself might be subject to during storage or use. Use a glue gun to attach pre-cut pieces of foam sheeting on top. Make sure not to cover up anything you may have cut out for the card slots. 

 

Stack together all four layers of each design - front cover paper, playing card insert sheets, back cover patterned paper, and bottom layer with carved opening for cards, before gluing them all together using rubber cement. Allow this time in order for it completely dry before inserting it into its respective box. 

 

This will prevent your cards from bending and protect them against any damage that the box itself might be subject to during storage or use. Use a glue gun to attach pre-cut pieces of foam sheeting on top. Make sure not to cover up anything you may have cut out for the card slots. 

 

 

If you are using fabric, sew it together, then glue it on top of your first layer. 

 

If you are using paper, cut out another piece in the same dimensions and glue it on top of your first layer of fabric or foam sheeting. The final step is to decorate the box by gluing on decorative elements like lace trimming or ribbon at least three inches wide. You can also use different types for an even more interesting look.

 

Now that you've got a custom playing card box, it is time to start making cards with which to put inside them. Make sure they fit snugly before placing them into their respective boxes so there won't be any sliding when carrying them around during gameplay. 

 

The Final Word 

 

You can order cardboard boxes wholesale for your playing cards by making sure you have the right supplies. The materials include cardboard, scissors, a ruler, glue stick, and tacky craft foam sheets. 

 

With these simple items, you are ready to create your own personalized case that will keep your favorite deck of cards safe from damage or loss while also giving them an extra touch of personality. We hope this guide has been helpful in teaching you how to go about doing this project. 

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