Published on July 30th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Holiday Santa Pillow Boxes Using Recycled Paper Tubes
Did you know, you can make pillow boxes super easy? I used paper tubes and covered then decorated them for Christmas! What a fun way to give a treat, gift card, or small gift. These Holiday Santa Pillow Boxes are super easy and cute little items. Stuff them with some wrapped candy or small toys from the dollar store. Make a bunch and put them out for display. They make an adorable decoration as well!
Now, if you come here regularly then you know, I am all about the toilet tube recycling. I love to use those little tubes and turn them into a darling creation. They are pretty much in everyone’s house, and it doesn’t take long to accumulate a bunch of them. These are so easy to make. Let me show you how.
First, of course, you need your tubes. If you dislike using the tubes from the bath, then you can certainly get two or three pieces of paper tube by cutting a paper towel roll from the kitchen.
Pick out your color cardstock. I use cardstock because it holds up nicely, and being a scrapbooker, I have plenty of cardstock. You could also use construction paper. I measured my tubes and cut the paper just a little bigger than the roll, barely an 1/8th inch larger. I also chose two colors of red to have more variety of color in my rolls. In the end, I had eight boxes, four of each red.
Wrap your tube with the cardstock, only overlapping at the back a little. I use a stapler to attach the paper to the tube, instead of glue. I have found that gluing the paper on usually causes it to buckle. Two staples- one at each end, keep the paper smooth and well wrapped.
Take and stand your tube up on end. Press in at the top, you will get a somewhat half curve in the tube and paper. Take a moment and press it around so that the curve is more even. Turn the tube around and press in from the front. This gives you the closed part of the box, one end. You’ll have to do the other end. This time you’ll have to lay it flat.
Take time to pre-cut your other decorations. I used more cardstock and cut some black strips. They were about 6 inches long.
I also cut some 1-inch square gold cardstock, and some smaller squares in black. Remember, I made 8 boxes, so I need 8 each of these items.
Here they are put together. You can stop at this point. Fill them with your little goodies. Pile them in a basket so your kids can search through and get the best goodies.
Or you can add more details…
Find some cute buttons, and use glue dots or hot glue to add them above the belts.
But wait! There is still more you can do. Add jingle bells to twine. I put them on first, push them about 10 inches onto the twine, then wrap the twine around the box, tie a bow and move the bells to either side of the bow.
I couldn’t resist and added a tag to them as well. I just used my computer and printed out the words Ho Ho Ho in Century Gothic print. Then I cut them out into small rectangles, and attached them to the box under the bow with glue dots.
They are so fun piled into a basket with a festive lining. I just tucked some green fabric in under them. I can’t wait to load them up this holiday season and give them as gifts!