Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pillow Box

by Joanne Wardle

I love making little gift boxes, it’s easy to find loads of templates on the internet for making boxes, but they can be a pain to print out and resize. This technique can easily adapted to make any size of pillow box you like quickly and easily. The size given is for a small box.

Pillow Box


Cut’n’dry foam RAN-CND-foam $4.99 Acrylic block ( Yellow ribbon for example Sheer Iridescent
Sweet Pea
69 cents per yard Glue , pencil eraser, embossing tool, something circular to draw around (or a compass)
  • Paper and Cardstock
  • Black card White card Basic Grey, Green At Heart, 6"x6" pad BG-6x6-GREEN $5.99
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  • Stamps
    • Rubberstamp Avenue Stamps, Twigs & Sprigs     ( RS-CS-M026   $9.99)
  • Distress Inks
  • Embellishments
  • Tools
  • Adhesives


  • Cut a piece of black card 6.5”x5”.
    Along the short edge fold down a ½ inch flap.
    Then fold the bottom edge up to meet this crease line.
    This forms the basic structure of the box.

  • Using a circular object (or a compass) draw an arc approximately as shown.
    It does not need to be exact as long as it cuts the folds at the same distances from the edge (I have marked this line in white, but a pencil will do the job just as well).

  • Cut out this arc, then draw around it onto a piece of card, to make a template.

  • Draw round the template to repeat this cut three more times as shown, then use it to make the score lines.

  • Score heavily with an embossing tool. Fold up and glue flap into place.

  • To make the stamped decoration.
    Cut a piece of white card 2.5”x2”.
    Stamp the seed head from the stamp set with crushed olive distress ink, then ink the edges with the same colour using cut’n’dry foam.
    Over stamp with the bird branch from the same set.
    Attach a scrap of basic grey paper and 3 dewdrops.
    Tie a ribbon around the box and glue the stamped card in place over the ribbon.


  1. Wow! This is beautiful and I will certainly try making a "Pillow Box." Thank you for the tutorial!

  2. Thank you, thank you, Joanne!! I have always wanted a template for these, but didn't want to buy one for just one size, when really I needed (okay, wanted) it for a variety of sizes. This is such a great tutorial, and your box is beautiful!

  3. Ooh, that looks much easier than using a template. Great project, Joanne!

  4. Great tutorial Joanne, thank you. Annette x

  5. This is absolutely beautiful!!!! The image is lovely! I will definatly have to try making some of these, you make it look so easy! Thanks!!

  6. Joanne, you are so clever in many different mediums, not just cards. LOVE THIS IDEA. Great job on the tutorial!

  7. FAB tutorial Joanne! I lost my pillow box template ages ago and never bothered to find another and so now I can make one any time.

    Lesley x

  8. This looks so much easier than I would have thought. Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Great box...thanks so much for the tutorial, so funny because I was just thinking about making pillow boxes:)

  10. Hi Joanne! I used this great tutorial for a gift box I made earlier this week. I hope you like it!