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Thursday, December 5, 2013

DIY: Cardboard Tubes Turned Gift Boxes

 I originally wrote this post last year but I wanted to bring it back for The Skinny Pear's DIY Christmas Series! Be sure to check out the other fantastic posts by fabulous bloggers! You'll be able to DIY all of Christmas this year! 

How cool would it be to go from this: 


To this: 

I had seen this idea on Pinterest and decided to try it for myself. I got the original idea from the blog Sweet Charli specifically. It was really quite simple and fun to do! 

I don't know about you but I'm always in need of a small gift box whether it's for jewelry or a gift card and these are the perfect size! You can customize them for Christmas, birthdays and more! You could even use them for party favor packaging! 

  • Clean cardboard tubes
  • Ribbon
  • Twine or pretty string
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Hot glue gun/glue or tape
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper


Fold one end of your cardboard tube in. Think like you're trying to close one of those paper coin rolls from the bank. 

Fold in the other half. Secure it down with hot glue or tape. When you've got that locked down, wrap your gift in a small amount of tissue paper and stick it inside. Fold and secure the open end of the tube the same way as the first one. 

Now decorate them however you'd like! I used an extra piece of scrapbooking paper from another project  and wrapped it around, securing it with hot glue. I also used a small length of ribbon my husband had saved from a gift he received. The man knows me. 

For this one I used a thicker piece of the same scrapbook paper and different ribbon. I just switched the directions of the ribbon and paper from the previous box. If you don't want it to be as obvious that it's a cardboard tube, just wrap the whole thing in scrapbook paper. Chances are people won't even notice! Generally people are more focused on what's inside! 

I love this idea because the possibilities of design and decoration are endless! You can even bust out that Bedazzler you've been dying to use! ;-) 

What are some other unique ways that you like to wrap gifts?

Till next time,



  1. This is a cool idea! Especially useful to dress up gift cards.

    1. Thank you! It's perfect for all those little things!

  2. What a cute little gift package that makes! I love the way you decorated the gifts- the ribbons are so pretty. And I love that your husband saved ribbon for you!!! :)

    Love, Joy @ Yesterfood

  3. I used to have a bag of save tp rolls for possible school projects. My dog got into the bag and chewed what I had saved and I stopped saving them after that. I'm making a note to save more for this great idea.

    1. Aww what a bummer! I guess that time you were just saving them for dog chew toys! Haha.


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