Halloween is fast-approaching, and if you’re like me and just starting to get ready (haha) then I bet you’re gathering some fast and simple ideas to celebrate! Today I’m showing you how to make this DIY pillow box project in seasonal colors and how adding stickers can turn a simple handout into a special Halloween treat. These boxes are great for candy, but also work perfectly for non-candy treat ideas like temporary tattoos, stickers, bracelets, kazoos (oh yes, I’m that parent) – really, anything that measures about 2 inches wide or less! You can make your own DIY pillow box in a variety of sizes to accommodate lots of types of treats.
- 12×12 Sheets of Cardstock in Halloween colors – you can make 2-6 boxes per sheet, depending what size you need. I typically make 4 per sheet.
- Paper Trimmer
- Pillow Box Punch Board
- Craft Glue
- Baker’s Twine
- Halloween Foam Stickers
- Treats for inside!
First, decide how large you want your boxes to be (if you scroll down this post, you’ll see a few sizes I commonly use). I have 3 sizes I use most often: 4 inches wide, 6 inches wide, and 8 inches wide. The punch board accommodates up to 12 inches wide for very long boxes.
Trim your 12×12 paper in half, giving you 2 pieces of 6″x12″ paper. Then, trim the 12″ length to the sizes you want. I trimmed the purple sheet to 4″ and 8″, and the orange into 6″ squares.
Assemble the boxes, and let me give you a tip: use glue, not a tape runner. For very quick and very temporary treats, a tape runner would work for a short time, but the “pillow” aspect of it will pull at the glued seam. If you use a quick-drying craft glue, you can assemble all your boxes at once, break for 30 minutes, and come back to the project to finish them up.
Pop the notched tab in first (so that there’s something to grab to open it), and then fold the flat tab down. Stuff your DIY pillow box with whatever you like, and close up the other end!
If you’re curious about the dimensions, here’s an overview of the different DIY pillow box sizes I made. I like 6″x4″ for sweet treats, 6″x6″ for most non-candy treats, and 6″x”8″ for items like pencils and glow bracelets.
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).