How To Print Playing Card Boxes

If you produce your own playing cards, printing accompanying playing card tuck boxes are ideal for adding a professional finishing touch. Not only do custom playing card tuck boxes make your printed cards look the real deal, but they also serve as a protective cover for your custom playing cards, keeping them all together, dust-free, and protected from damage.

As we’re printers, we try and give you all the custom options you need to make a playing card box that perfectly matches the theme of your cards. From custom tuck boxes using G.F Smith colorplan papers to having unique finishes such as gloss or soft-touch laminates. We can print your playing card boxes from as little as 50 boxes to a run of 5000 in any design you like, printed all on the outer face. Perfect for card game boxes or promotional poker cards used for reinforcing your brand. If you’re looking to make your own playing card box then read on.


What Is A Card Tuck Box?

A card tuck box is just another name for a cardboard playing card box or packaging. The tuck part of the name comes from the way the lid of the playing card box actually tucks itself into the top of the packaging to close itself. You essentially tuck in the lid flap for a secure closing mechanism. We’ve taken pictures of some of the custom printed tuck boxes we’ve made and shown the closing action in four sections.


How Big Is A Playing Card Box?

While playing card tuck boxes can come in almost any size, there are a few standard sizes that we can go over. All of these playing card box sizes assume that you’re using 300gsm silk paper with a matt laminate coating. We’ve also added 2mm to the height and width when compared with the size of the actual card to allow for a small gap on the sides, top and bottom of your playing card box.

Later on we’ve included a handy thickness chart to know how thick your playing card box should be if you’re using anywhere between 10 and 100 cards per deck.

With that said, let's go over the size of playing card boxes for a number of common playing card box dimensions.


Poker Card Playing Card Boxes

Poker cards are renowned for having luxurious tuck boxes and there are many out there that are even collectable. A standard poker card deck contains 52 cards or 54 including two joker cards. Based on the card thickness we’ve mentioned above, the standard size of a poker card tuck box with 52 cards is (W)66x(H)91x(D)19mm. If you have 54 poker cards, go with a depth of 20mm.


Tarot Card Tuck Boxes

Custom printed tarot cards are having a surge of popularity at the moment with independent artists using their themed artwork to represent the cards. A standard tarot card deck contains 78 cards consisting of 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana cards. Using our recommended thickness of 300gsm, the size of a tarot card tuck box is (W)72x(H)122x(D)28mm.


Playing Card Box Dimensions

We know that not all playing card decks contain the same number of cards. So we’ve created a handy table that explains the depth that your custom playing card box needs to be depending on what paper choice you select and how many cards your deck has. These size guidelines are perfect for creating your own DIY playing card box to test fit sizes before creating a print run of your final playing card tuck boxes.

Don’t forget, when you find your deck size, for example, 52 cards on 300gsm silk with matt laminate being 17mm thick. Add 2mm onto this thickness just like you would for the height and width of your card size. So for a poker card tuck box, the size of the actual deck of cards that you insert would be (W)64x(H)89x(D)17mm but your box size with the 2mm onto each length would give you a tuck box dimension of (W)66x(H)91x(D)19mm.

Number Of Cards 300gsm Silk 300gsm Silk With Laminate 350gsm Silk 350gsm Silk With Laminate 400gsm Silk 400gsm Silk With Laminate
10 3mm 4mm 4mm 4mm 5mm 5mm
20 6mm 7mm 7mm 8mm 9mm 10mm
25 8mm 9mm 9mm 10mm 11mm 12mm
30 9mm 10mm 11mm 12mm 13mm 15mm
40 12mm 14mm 14mm 16mm 17mm 20mm
50 15mm 17mm 17mm 20mm 21mm 24mm
52 15mm 17mm 18mm 21mm 22mm 25mm
54 16mm 18mm 19mm 21mm 23mm 26mm
60 17mm 20mm 21mm 24mm 25mm 29mm
70 20mm 23mm 24mm 28mm 30mm 34mm
75 22mm 25mm 26mm 30mm 32mm 36mm
78 23mm 26mm 27mm 31mm 33mm 38mm
80 23mm 27mm 28mm 32mm 34mm 38mm
90 26mm 30mm 31mm 35mm 38mm 43mm
100 29mm 34mm 34mm 39mm 42mm 48mm

Playing Card Tuck Box Templates

To make things simple, and because we’ve already mentioned two of our most popular playing card box dimensions, we’ve gone ahead and created some playing card box templates. These playing card box net templates are for poker cards and playing cards.

Poker Card Tuck Box Template PDF

Tarot Card Tuck Box Template PDF