Pillow Box Tutorial

Wow, time sure flies when you’re having fun. Fall is here already. A new season, inspiring new products. Now that it is getting colder and more windy outside, and a little wet on occasion, we start spending more time inside our homes. Saying goodbye to Summer is not always easy, but for us “makers”, it often means we get to spend more time making the things we love again.

Today we are sharing a pillow box tutorial with you, which will teach you how to make your own pillow boxes. We love beautiful pillow boxes that can be used as favor boxes or for wrapping small gifts. They are not only pretty, but are also a lot of fun as a crafting activity! And if you and your child both like crafting, why not make your own favor boxes for you child’s birthday party, or take it a step further and make the activity part of the birthday party itself?

Making pillow boxes can be a bit of a challenge, though, especially if you have never done it before. This short tutorial explains how to print, cut, fold and glue them, using one of our own printable pillow box templates as an example. Printable pillow box templates provide you with a jump start, and take a lot of the technicalities out of the process, so you can focus on the fun part!

If you would like to check out our templates, please check out our Etsy shop. At the moment we are writing this tutorial, we offer small printable pillow boxes in baby pink and baby blue colors. We will definitely add more later.

Step 1: print the template

This is the easiest part. Print a template using your own printer. You will need paper that is thick enough for making small boxes, but think enough to be handles by your own printer. If you are not sure about the type of paper to get: most types of paper used for making greeting cards will work. You can also find a local store that sells crafting supplies and ask for advice. If you are making small boxes and want to save on paper, make sure to grab one of the 2-up templates, and save some trees in the process.

Pillow Box Tutorial Step 1

Step 2: tools

This is not a “real” step, but make sure you have the right tools for cutting, scoring and gluing the pillow box. You will need:

  • Scissors.
  • A ruler for scoring along straight lines.
  • Something you can use for scoring, such as a crochet needle. You can also use something else. Just make sure you can use it to make a small indentation line without damaging or cutting the paper.
  • Glue or double sided tape.

Pillow Box Tutorial Step 2

Step 3: cut the template

Our own templates have a bleed in order to accommodate commercial printers. The cutting marks help you find the white line that you can use as a guide for cutting. Make sure to cut along the outer lines only! The other lines are for scoring and folding.

Pillow Box Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: score and fold along straight lines

Use the ruler to score along the straight lines and fold the paper.

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Step 5: score and fold along the curved lines

This is probably the most tricky part. You cannot use the ruler for curved lines. The easiest way to do this is by using very small movements along the curved line.

Pillow Box Tutorial Step 5

Step 6: glue the box together

This is where it is all coming together! Use glue or double sided tape to glue the box together.

Pillow Box Tutorial Step 6

Step 7: pinch the box

Now pinch the box gently to create the right shape and make room to fold the flaps in.

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Step 8: fold the “inner” flaps

This is another tricky part. Gently start folding the “inner” flaps so you get a nice curve. You may discover that you need to score the curved lines just a little more to get the flaps to fold correctly. Patience is definitely a virtue here.

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Step 9: fold the “outer” flaps

Repeat the previous step, but now fold the “outer” flaps.

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Step 10: finished!

This may be the most rewarding step: admire your work! Of course you can also choose to add some embellishments, such as a ribbon or a gift tag.

Pillow Box Tutorial Step 10

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