What you will make:
Follow these instructions to make a pillow box for small gifts
or wedding favors. This is a terrific box that resembles a pillow in shape and
makes an elegant package with the addition of a ribbon. The pillow boxes
also offer the nice feature of storing flat. The project includes
printable patterns in a variety of sizes.
Project Extra: Use the special Father's Day printable
patterns to make pillow boxes for Dad!
Related craft: For Father's Day gift bags,
download Aunt Annie's printable patterns in the
Tube-shaped Gift Bags craft project.
Here's what you need:
- Colored or white cardstock
- Scissors or craft knife
- Bone folder or empty ballpoint pen
- Optional: Decorative
paper (wrapping, art, etc.), spray adhesive, stickers, paper cut-outs, and ribbon.
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Pillow Boxes
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a box to make. Download and print the pattern.
You can select a colored pattern or
a black & white pattern that you can print on colored cardstock or
cover with decorative paper. Use the special "Dad" box patterns for
Father's Day or whenever you need a box for a small gift for Dad.
Make a lightweight box by printing directly on cardstock. For a stronger
box, print on computer paper and trace or transfer the pattern (see
cardboard before proceeding.
Smaller Pillow Box
Tiny Pillow Boxes
Dad's Shirt Pillow Box
Best Dad Pillow Box
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on
standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut
Cut around the box pattern on the solid black lines. Try to make your cuts very smooth and accurate. The box will be stronger and fit together better if the cuts are made neatly.
Using a straight edge or ruler and craft knife will make some of the cutting easier, but be sure to protect the table with a cutting mat or thick piece of cardboard.
Caution: Be careful. Craft knives are sharp and should not
be used by children.
- Step 3: Score
Score along each of the two straight fold lines and the four curved fold lines in red. On cardstock, use an
empty ballpoint pen or bone folder to make an indent—not a cut.
If you are using light- to medium-weight cardboard or poster board, use a
straight edge and a craft knife or scissors to make a half-cut.
- Step 4: Cover with Decorative Paper (optional)
Cut a rectangular piece of decorative paper larger than the box pattern by ¼" to ½"
all around. Center and glue. Fold the excess paper over and glue, or trim away.
Tip: It is very important to use a strong adhesive when laminating decorative
paper to cardstock. Glue sticks and glues marked as suitable for children will not provide a strong enough bond.
When using a spray adhesive, follow the instructions for a permanent bond. Double-sided sheet adhesives are
convenient but more expensive than other options.
- Step 5: Fold in Half and Glue
Fold the box in half and glue the tab to the opposite side. Be
sure that the glue tab is inside of the box. Let the glue set before
going on to the next step.
- Step 6: Shape Box and Close Ends
Gently pinch the two box edges, causing the top and bottom to bow
out. Push both flaps in at each end of the box. You may need to use
your fingers to "encourage" the crease on the curved fold lines.
Add decorations to the box as you desire. You can do something as easy as adding a layered band of decorative paper to enhance the pillow box.
The bands on these boxes were made with
strips of paper cut from
Annie's black polka-dot ePaper.
That's it! Your pillow box is done!
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