Finally putting away the holiday decorations? Instead of throwing away your old holiday cards, turn them into a gift box instead!


WikiHow has a step-by-step, photo-illustrated guide to make your used cards keep on giving (via lifehacker). All you’ll need — besides the cards — are just basic tools from around the house: a ruler, pencil, scissors, glue, paper clips and something with a pointy end, like a fork or knitting needle.


The photo guide lays out the easiest box-making method, but for those who like a challenge, this little video illustrates a slightly more involved method:



So, now you can get a step closer to making your holidays as zero waste as possible! Plus, since you won’t have to buy as many gift boxes, this boxy trick could save you money in 2009!


Photo: Courtesy WikiHow