I decided to make some custom Tarot boxes. I often do custom DVD/Blu-ray covers for my movie collection, and I decided to do the same for some of my Tarot decks. I plan to do custom boxes for decks that come in kits. These kits comes with a book and most of the time, the cards doesn’t have a separate box to store the deck. For years I stored them in bags but sometimes I find it hard to remember which deck is stored in which bag. It gets harder when you have so many of them! I’m also struggling when I want to pile them up because the bags won’t stay stable, and some decks may bend with time when stored in bags. My custom boxes are rather simple, and I don’t add any UPC code or anything fancy, but it’s perfect to be printed, glued on a cardboard, and voilà! You can do the same if you have an art app like Photoshop. Since I’m spending some time making them, why not share it with you?
To download my custom Tarot boxes, you can go here: https://www.deviantart.com/morsoth/gallery/67236056/Tarot-Deck-Boxes
And here’s the tutorial! First, print the template. The best would be to print it directly on cardboard, but I decided to save money and went for the cheapest approach. I printed those on regular paper with a color laser printer. Since the image doesn’t fit a regular paper size (it doesn’t fit on Legal size either), I divided the image in two parts on two regular sized pages.
Now, roughly cut the cutout on paper (don’t be too precise yet).
And then glue them on a piece of cardboard. I’m using a large white cardboard from a dollar store and glue stick.
Now is the time to cut with precision. The best is to use a a X-Acto with a rule. Cut all the sides and the parts with a dotted line. You’ll see that I shortened two black sides, the ones to be glued under the back of the box. I also cut an indent to the corners so it will be easy to glue.
Now, flip over the cardboard, and slightly — slightly — cut along the parts to be bend. This light cut will make it easier to bend in a strait way.
Then, bend all the parts.
Add glue to the 4 parts to be glued on the back of the box.
Quick tip: Use the rule or any long object to tap the bottom of the box, it will help the parts to be glued together. Also, let the box dry by adding a small object on it, not too heavy but heavy enough to help the glue keeping both parts together.
One last step is to cut two small parts of the lid. It will helps keeping it shut.
And that’s it! You can now add your Tarot deck in your new box and enjoy!