Recycled corrugated packing material pillow boxes
I am always getting packages full of packing material I just KNOW has a higher purpose. I’ve had a roll of this corrugated packing material staring at me for a few months:
I finally found its purpose: pillow boxes for treats for Little Man’s preschool class. I feel pretty brilliant about this. (The brilliant part actually comes later, though. Hold on to your seats.)
Step One: Cut the corrugated packing material into a square or rectangular shape. My square here is about 5″ by 5″. Or maybe it’s 6″ x 6″. It doesn’t really matter unless you’re creating pillow boxes for something specific, in which case I have absolute faith in you to figure out how big to cut your corrugated stuff. Experimenting is fun!
Step Two: Create a tube out of your corrugated. I used packaging tape for this. It seemed appropriate, since I’m dealing with packing material. It’s a mailroom kind of project.
Step Three: Put the seam side down and squish the tube.
Step Four: Prepare yourself to be amazed.
Are you ready?
As any good origamist knows, the key to a good fold is a good score. You must score the corrugated cardboard in a curved line in order to be able to create a neat curved fold. You can’t have a pillow box without a neat curved fold. It’s just physics. If you’re making pillow boxes out of cute cardstock or something, you’ll need a scoring tool and something curved to guide your scoring tool.
But if you’re making pillow boxes out of recycled corrugated packing material, all you need is a drinking glass. (Or maybe a canning jar.) (That’s the brilliant part, in case you missed it.)
Step Five: Fold on the scored lines.
Step Six: Put something in your pillow box, embellish it however you like (if you have a glue gun and some buttons, you know what to do), and tie a ribbon around it. DONE.