by LeAnn, Summers Studio
In my mind, pillow boxes are just about perfect for packaging up jewelry. Did you know they are one of the simplest boxes you can make? I made these two from card stock purchased from the scrap booking section of my local craft store. The bands that wrap them are scrap book paper in a holiday print. All bought on sale, so these were very inexpensive to make.
Ah, you are probably asking yourself why would you go to the trouble to make these, LeAnn? You can buy them at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Heck, you can probably buy them at that big box store that you don't talk about. Well, it goes like this. I do give my handmade jewelry for gifts at the holidays. I have used commercial boxes and wrapping paper. But this year, I said to myself if I am going to give handmade jewelry, just maybe it is time to step up and put it into handmade packaging. You know, give it just that little bit extra special touch.
You are probably also saying to yourself that this seems like a lot of work, seems time consuming, it's a stressful busy time of year........ But these actually take about five minutes to make. Seriously, they are very simple. I can make them any size I like. You get to use a glue stick. I love using a glue stick.
You can find a very nice tutorial and template for them here. The size is great for jewelry. Make a larger pillow box just by increasing the length. Here's another web site that has all sorts of interesting templates from envelopes to boxes and everything in between.
And if you have holiday cards from years past, you can use those to make pillow boxes. Just how often do you get to be green and handmade special?
Are you doing anything special this year to package up your holiday gifts?