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Playing Card Box Template (PDF, PSD, SVG)

Updated: Dec 26, 2023

If you want to make your own custom playing card box, you're in the right spot! You can download a free template right away!

Magician holding a custom playing card box
Here's a sample of the custom card boxes. Download the template below

Making these card boxes is surprisingly easy and a great way to create your own custom playing card box, poker DIY or magician-themed event.

There is no need for you to tinker with sizing. Everything you need to create an awesome custom playing card box is here!

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Let's start making your own custom playing card boxes with this printable template!


How to Make a Playing Card Box

A printable playing card box is a great DIY project you can easily complete in just about ten minutes.

From start to finish, this template helps to create your own card boxes much faster. Some of the templates I've seen online were overly complicated.

Variety of colorful custom made playing card boxes
You can use a wide variety of papers with this playing card box template

You can cut out the template and trace it or print it directly onto your favorite paper.

You can make your own playing card box out of one regular 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of paper.

It's simple and easy to do without a template by measuring the total dimensions of the playing cards and tracing out a template on paper that includes tabs for gluing.

However, a template helps make playing card boxes so much easier.

Here's what it will look like:

You'll find several playing card box templates below, including PDF and Adobe Illustrator (AI) files. You can download and make your own fully customized boxes.

We've provided helpful step-by-step instructions so you can use this template to make multiple boxes or customize your own.


Playing card sizes: Poker or Bridge?

Traditionally, most major playing card companies print both poker and bridge-sized playing cards.

The standard measurements for a poker-sized playing card deck are 3.5 by 2.5 inches, and the bridge-sized playing cards are 3.5 by 2.25 inches.

The template below is for poker-sized playing cards.


What's the best paper?

I found the best papers were card stock or thicker fibre papers.

The plastic or firm-style paper also works, but they don't fold as nicely as thick paper stock. Using thick paper, score your folds with a sharp knife and ruler. This will help keep the edges sharp.

Be sure always to use caution when using sharp knives and objects.

How to get crisp edges

You'll need a ruler to get sharp edges on your custom playing card box.

Align the ruler along the template's printed lines and use your thumbs for sharp 90-degree bends.


Playing card box template formats

You'll find several formats below that you can download.

Here is a quick description of the most popular file formats. All file sizes and download links are below.

  • Playing Card Box PSD - One of the many file types below for download is PSD. Easily open the card box template in Photoshop. Since Adobe Photoshop has many different versions, you'll find an older CC PSD file that will open a newer Photoshop version.

  • Playing Card Box Adobe Illustrator - Bring the template right into Adobe Illustrator and start customizing it.

  • Playing Card Box SVG - Scalable vector graphics (SVG) is an open standard graphic format that can be used in various software applications. This playing card box template SVG can be scaled and stretched.

  • Card Box Design Template Generator - You can customize your own card box online using Canva. Canva is a popular free online graphic and layout tool.


Formatting and guidelines

This playing card template has been designed to fit on one 8.5 x 11 sheet.

The various templates below can be easily adjusted to various paper sizes.


Playing Card Box DIY for kids?

This quick and easy craft is suitable for young adults and children.

Always be careful using sharp objects and cutting utensils. Also, don't glue yourself together.

That's not good, either. 😁


Design your own playing cards.

If you want to design your playing cards, check out these templates in the most popular sizes: mini, poker, bridge and tarot. Check out our playing card templates here.


How to make a playing card box

Watch and learn step-by-step how to make your own custom playing card box.


Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Download and print the PDF below

Download the template of your choice below.

Step 2: Trim the excess card box template

Trim the three sides with a ruler and sharp knife.

cutting a playing card box template with ruler and razor
Fig 1: Cut the card box template using a sharp knife or scissors

I trim the top of the playing card box template with scissors, but if you are taking extra care, be sure to use a ruler to get a nice crisp edge.