Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pillow Boxes for Gift Cards and Cash

There are just a few more days until Christmas and Hanukkah begins tonight.  Everyone is trying to finish their list of things that must be done before the holiday.  I did a lot of wrapping yesterday and now I am just waiting for a few more packages to arrive.  This year most of our gifts are things that come in boxes but there are a few gifts cards too.  These usually come with some sort of folder but I think they deserve to be wrapped in style. 

A couple of years ago, I showed these little boxes that I made to hold some gift cards and cash.  There are pillow boxes on several cartridges - these happen to be from the Wedding cartridge.  You can see more details about them at THIS POST (there is also a yummy recipe for roasted vegetables in that post!)

I cut the same pillow box shape that I used for the blue boxes, however, I hid all of the lines except the curved lines at the ends that help to form the pillow box shape.  I don't like the cuts, but it is tricky to score smooth curves for folding, especially with this heavy glittered cardstock. 

I assembled the box with 1/4 inch  Scor-Tape.  This is a very aggressive adhesive and it works well even with the glittered cardstock.  When you fold in the ends of a pillow box, be sure to fold down the ends with the thumbnail cut first.  This makes it easier to open the second flap and also allows the solid flap to show when the box is closed.  You can see the white edges that are exposed by the curved cuts - you could ink these if they are too distracting.

I put together a few poinsettias from Prima and added a pearl brad from Creative Charms.  I colored the brad and pearl red with a ProMarker.  These pearl brads come in the Vintage Velvet Poppies and I often change them and add a different center brad so I have lots of extras sitting around.

The flowers have slits cut to insert the brad but I had to add my own slits to the leaves.

There were also some little embossed ornaments in the Prima tin so I added one of them to the flower cluster.  I tied a gold ribbon around the entire box and attached the flowers with a large glue dot.

I thought I'd like the ends of the ribbon to stay loose, however, in the end I decided to tuck them under for a rounder shape.

If you have a lot of "small, flat and folding" (as in cash) gifts to share, you could put all of the boxes on a tree and let the recipients search for the box that was personalized for them.  I put this one on the front hall Santa tree to take photos.

The traditional colors blend in nicely with the tree.  If you like the way the boxes look on a tree, you could even create a group of them to use as ornaments each year.

I had another gift box to share with you but, unfortunately, I dropped my camera while I was taking these photos and I am having trouble getting it to work properly.  The lens came off when the camera fell and now it is not consistently recognizing that the lens is on the camera.  This camera has been my constant companion for over four years and I hope I can get it sorted out to work as it normally does.

Hanukkah begins at sunset today so I want to say Happy Hanukkah to all of you who will be celebrating for the next eight days.

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  1. Realy lovely. I was just trying to decide on a nice gift card holder. Hope your camera bounces back. Wanted to let you know we made your ginger snaps this past weekend. They got rave reviews. All of the rolling is certainly time-consuming, and I had to watch my oven carefully, but the end results are yummy! Perfect amount of ginger and great texture. Thanks!

  2. Ouch! I hope you are able to get your camera back on track, not the time of year in which you want to have problems. I hope you are able to figure it out.

    Thank you for the information on the pillow boxes, love the detail you always put in your work!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. I love your photography and am so sorry to hear about your camrera. I always fear I'll drop my camera or my iPhone. What cute pillow boxes. I have several gift cards to disguise so will try your beautiful way.

  4. Just about the prettiest wrapped package I have ever seen and it is handmade. Love it.

    Merry Christmas
    Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@Aol.com

  5. The money box is BEAUTIFUL. So sorry to hear you dropped your camera. I have done that before and now I make sure I use the neck strap. I still drop it on occasion but it goes no farther than my waist.
    Merry Christmas
    Linda in Stanwood

  6. Love the boxes. I also love the Santa ornaments..........I love santa's and have them everywhere. Hope you enjoy the days remainging and relax a little.
    "Merry Christmas & Happy New Year"

  7. I always like to find a more attractive presentation for a gift card too, I love the idea of putting them in the tree. so sorry to hear about your camera accident.

  8. These are just beautiful. Thanks for all the details. Wishing you and yours a lovely Christmas and holiday season.


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