Thursday, June 12, 2014

Crafty Thursdays: Pillow Boxes & Giveaway

I believe that the value is in the gift not the wrapping, so I hate buying wrapping paper of any kind and try to make it whenever possible. So this week's craft is the Pillow Box made from recycled paper. It's easy but you do need a special tool:


  • Pillow Box Punch Board from We R - The price at Michaels was $19.99 for this but with a 40% off coupon, it wasn't half bad
  • Wall paper samples, book pages, or some kind of recycled paper
  • Scissors for trimming
  • The paper trimming for a different kind of trimming
  • Glue Stick

Step One:
Cut your recycled paper so one side is 6 inches and the other is between 4 and 8 inches. These boxes do have size limitations.

Step Two:
Take your Pillow Box Punch Board out of the wrappings. That wasn't so hard. Was it?

Step Three:
Insert your trimmed paper into the Pillow Box Punch Board as shown. It also comes with directions. Punch the top. Then Score the right hand side with the little plastic knife provided with the punch. 

Step Four:

Move the paper over one and repeat.

Step Five:
Move it over and do the little overhang. 

See the scoring and the little paper knife.

Step Six:
Turn over the paper and punch and score the other side to match. It should look like this now: 

Step Seven:
Put it in the top of the Pillow Box Punch board to make the finger notches. This way the gift recipient can open the box more easily. 

Step Eight:
Take the glue stick and put a little on the edge of one side. This purple stuff dries clear. It really is amazing. 

The glue dries clear even though it looks horrid purple

Here's the final package. Our giveaway today is three flat boxes (see below) - you'll have to put the adhesive on your self. If I glue them before mailing they might wrinkle, so flat it is. We're giving way two sets, so you have a better chance to get them. they may not be the exact ones pictured. US residents only. 


  1. thanks for this delightful and unique giveaway. Just perfect. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. very creative and thoughtful. Wonderful. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. This is awesome and I could use these for jewelry type gifts.

  4. This is so cute! I adore wrapping paper in all its forms, so it's not that I don't like wrapping paper, but I LOVE these little boxes, too.

  5. That looks like a craft even I could do. But you need to choose stiff paper, right?

    1. We did it with book pages. Old book pages didn't work - the scoring ripped it. But new book pages worked.

  6. very sweet! I have the envelope punch board. Love the boxes this one makes.

    1. Ooooh. I will have to look for the envelope board

  7. Our winners are petite and traveler! Look for an e-mail soon.