Monday, December 03, 2012

Make a Pillow Box

Keep an eye out for a follow-up tutorial, for another variation of pillow boxes.

Moonfleet Studio | Pillow Box tutorial

Tutorial time! This is a how-to for making a pillow box. Pillow boxes are, in case you didn't know, boxes that are shaped kind of like pillows. They're good for holding things like small gifts, candy, party favors, gift cards, jewelry, and other small things. Obviously, the things it can hold will depend on how big you make it.

There are tutorials out there with printable templates, but I think it's simpler without having to bother with a printer. Also, without a template, you can make each box whatever dimensions you want.

What you'll need:

  • sturdy paper such as cardstock
    • I actually used scrapbook paper. It's not sturdy like cardstock, so I double-layered it.
    • I also made one out of a toilet paper tube. Less pretty, but still cute, and easier to make.
  • scissors
  • a ruler
  • a pencil
  • something round to trace, like an embroidery hoop or a CD
  • scoring tool, like an empty ball point pen
  • glue
  • extras:
    • additional (contrasting) cardstock
    • ribbon, stickers, markers, stamps, decorative hole punch, etc.
  • tissue paper and a gift to put inside!

What to do:

  1. Cut your paper into an appropriately sized square or rectangle. I use (in inches) 4x6, 6x6, and 6x8. (4x6 made the pink box above, and 6x6 made the blue box.)
  2. Now we fold.

    Tip: If the front and back of your paper are different, you'll need to decide now which side will be the outside of the box. For simplicity, I'll just call this the "outside".

    Turn your paper so the "inside" is facing up. Use your ruler and a scoring tool to score a line about 1/2" in from the edge. This distance doesn't have to be exact. (If your paper is a rectangle, this edge should be one of the short edges. If it's a square, any edge will do.)

    Fold along the score line. You've just created your "glue flap". Score another line exactly halfway between the glue flap and the far end of the paper. Fold. You should now have something like this:

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  3. Get your round object, and trace around it to mark arcs on your paper.

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    Notice how I center the CD on the "outside" part and ignore the glue flap. However, when you're tracing, you do need to extend the arc onto the flap.

    Do this on both ends, and cut along the arcs.

  4. Unfold the paper, and see the 4 rounded ends you made. On the "inside" of the paper, SCORE (don't trace or cut) an arc mirroring each rounded end, creating 4 almond shapes.
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  5. Gently fold the almonds inwards so that they are creased along the arcs. Use a large hole punch (or scissors) to cut out a semi circle on two of the almonds. (This makes it easier to open the box once it's closed.)
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  6. Glue your box together using the glue flap.
  7. When the glue is dry, you can fold the almond flaps in to close your box.
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  8. Add embellishments if you want. Any embellishments you can think of.
  9. Now put something inside, and enjoy your box!
Moonfleet Studio | Make a Pillow Box

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