It’s A Wrap: DIY Pillow Boxes


Watch the video tutorial for this craft HERE

Apparently, while my mom was pregnant with me, she took a part-time job at Nordstrom (or was it JC Penney?) wrapping gifts for the holiday season. I don’t know if this story is true, or if I pieced together stories to make it to be true. Either way, it’s a great story to tell. Ang Alamat kung bakit mahilig akong mag-wrap ng regalo.

My mom loves to wrap gifts. I remember how our house in Antipolo used to have this pantry that housed all her supplies. We’d have wrapping paper for all occasions. Her stash of ribbons could rival that of Morning Glory’s (in Divisoria). The use of a gift bag was almost considered a sin. Every Christmas, I was always so excited to see what theme she’d come up with. One year, it was a shirt and tie gift bag. Another year, each gift was unique in its Japanese-inspired origami-like wrapping. Soon enough, I’d taken on the challenge myself. Why buy a gift bag when you can DIY?

I’ll try to post a gift-wrapping idea each week. Try being the operative word. Here goes the first!

These little paper delights are called pillow boxes.

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Here’s all the things you’ll need to make these boxes.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Pillow Boxes

First, cut a square/rectangle piece of your scrapbooking paper. I prefer the heavier weight paper only because it’s sturdier.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Pillow Boxes

Fold a flap on one edge of the paper. This flap is where you will be applying the glue, so make sure it isn’t too thin. Half an inch works just right.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Pillow Boxes

Next, fold the folder in half up until the edge covering the flap you just created.

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Using your CD, round off both short ends of your folded paper.

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Open up the folds. Using your knife and the CD as a guide, score the outer flaps. Make sure you only score it. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT cut it all the way through. The arcs will create almond-shaped indentations.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Pillow Boxes

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Trim off the excess paper on the glue flap.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Pillow Boxes

Apply glue on the flap. Place weight to hold in place until glue is dry.

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Once glue is dry, fold the scored edges inward to create the pillow effect.

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You can use ribbons, twine, cord, paper, yarn, thread, rubber bands or pompoms for decoration.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Pillow Boxes

I’ve been these using DIY Pillow Boxes as packaging for my friendship bracelet orders! Each bracelet and its box is made with love. ♥♥♥ Happy Crafting!


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    December 24, 2016 at 3:50 am

    This is an amazing tutorial! I tried to go through others before this and they were so convoluted or left steps out. Thanks for keeping it simple!!

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    July 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Hi there,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of DIY gift boxes! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

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    November 18, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Thanks for a great DIY! Just one question… what size do you cut the square paper and what is the finished box size? 🙂

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    Anita fra hjerterommet
    November 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

    wow just love it

    Hugs from Norway:)

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    November 8, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Fantastic! I've been making these using an old template. This way is simpler and easier. 🙂

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    March 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Great instructions …. I guess I will continue to do it the lazy way … lol Die cut them out! Thanks for sharing!

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    Leny's Inspirations
    March 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    just found your blog on a post of "thanks I made it"
    very nice blog! keep the good work!


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    February 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    This is really a great way to make something personal. Thanks.

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    February 22, 2012 at 3:19 am

    What a fabulous tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing! I'll definately be making these!

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