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12 Days of Christmas: Day 8 Pillow Box and Mail Box Gift Card Holder & Giveaway

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
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue- I used spray adhesive because it’s quick and it won’t warp your paper
  • Oh and a Gift Card

Step 2: Cut your tube to length, 5½” and flatten it. This should give you 2 since the standard length of paper towel tubes is 11″.

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.

Make your mark and cut.

Step 4: fold paper over the tube and press edges with your thumb to create a crease.

These will be your guidelines to follow after your glue has been applied.

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.
Spray a thin layer of adhesive to the back side of your cut scrapbook paper.

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.
This is only the most basic of ideas of course. You could take it a step further and decorate the box with any number of embellishments. Maybe use red paper and add a black strip with yellow buckle to create a santa suit pillow box. The limit is your imagination (or a quick search on Pinterest or google images).
Well while I was making today’s pillow box I remembered something I saw at Home Depot over Black Friday. It was tiny mail box ornament. Maybe because we’re in the process of trying to buy a house or maybe because I was planning the 12 Days of Christmas DIY, but I fell in love with it and thought it would make a great git card holder. You could even add a string to the top and make it into an ornament that you fill with gift cards, that way they don’t get lost under the tree this Christmas.
I tried to snap a few pictures while I was making this, but it’s by no means an extensive how to.
I cut the other half of our paper towel tube into 2 sections: 3½” wide and 2″ wide.
 I cut the 3½” section along the crease to open it up and I cut the 2″ section along the crease and then trimmed it’s length to be 3½” long.I taped the two pieces together. I taped them while they were flattened so that when the resumed their curve the tape would be taught and hold the shape a little better. This is what it looked like when the curve bounced back.I cut strips of scrapbook paper long enough to wrap the outside of the box and line the inside as well with enough to overlap and hide the cardboard tubing. I also cut pieces to line the interior of the curve (not pictured) and a strip to run along the bottom and create more of a finished look. When all was said and done, my mail box looked like this. You can see I added a little flag to the side and secured it will a small silver brad. Isn’t it cute?!?
 Michelle
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