Day 8 is upon us and we are ¾ of the way through our 12 Days of Christmas DIY and Giveaways. Todays is all about packaging those last minute or favorite (in our family) gifts, GIFTCARDS. You’re already spending enough money on the gift, so when the wrapping can be so costly that when all is said and done you might find that you could have splurged on a few more presents if you didn’t have to buy the boxes to put them in. Well look no further than your Kitchen! My Kitchen,WHAT?!? That’s right. With guests in and out you’ve no doubt noticed a high turn over rate of paper towels and those little cardboard tubes could fill trashcan. Rather than pitch them, start saving them to use for today’s DIY.
Today’s Giveaway isn’t so much the gift card box as much as they are the SURPRISE gift cards that will come inside for those luck 2 winners, so enter to win!
Step 1: Grab your supplies:
- Scrapbook Paper
- Paper Towel Tubes
- Glue- I used spray adhesive because it’s quick and it won’t warp your paper
- Oh and a Gift Card
Step 3: Measure a section of paper long enough to cover the length of your flattened tube and wide enough to wrap your tube with about ¼” – ½” of overlap.
Step 4: fold paper over the tube and press edges with your thumb to create a crease.
Step 5: Take your cut paper over to your spray adhesive “station”. This is just an opened brown paper bag with one side cut to create a flap that is folded back. This will protect your work surface from over spray and it’s nice and disposable.
Working quickly while your adhesive is still very tacky, place your cardboard tube onto the paper using the guide lines you created in step 4 and press firmly in place making sure there are no bubbles.Step 6: Now you’re going to create the curve that give them pillow box it’s unique shape. You will need to create a curve that spans from one side to the other and is only ½” wide.
Make your mark and draw a curve to cut along. If this is making the perfectionist in you cringe, scavange the house for something arced that will give you a curve that meets out ½” criteria.
Cut your box along the line you created. (In this photo my paper overlapped my board slightly, so my line doesn’t come up right to the end, just in case you were wondering)Your freshly cut pillow box form.
Step 7: To create the creases, fold the curved ends of your pillow box in and create a curved crease line.
The folds will start to make your pillow box take shape. Fold in both ends. Don’t forget to put your gift card inside!Your final product should look something like this… You could even tape the ends and put this baby in the mail, although ’tis the season to be greedy so I don’t recommend mailing anything that looks like a gift especially around Christmas. Too many grinches out there.