How to Make a Gift Card Holder (Pillow Box)

Watch the Youtube Quick Video: Make a Foil Pillow Box With Your Cricut!

This is one of my favorite crafts to make! A pillow box is basically like a gift card holder, but you can really put anything in the small box. You can put candy, cash, trinkets…whatever! Cricut Design Space has the project already, so you don’t have figure out the dimensions for how to do it. Just adjust the size if you want it bigger or smaller.

The best part is that you can use the scoring stylus to emboss any image or text you want. It’s EPIC on the foil poster board!

 

Below is a breakdown of the quick video tutorial on how to make a DIY gift card holder (aka Pillow Box) out of foil poster board with the Cricut Maker:

 

1. Open up the pillow box template in Cricut Design Space by clicking on “Projects” and searching for “gift pouch” (you can also type in “Pillow Box” or “gift card holder” and it should pop up).

2. Choose “Accented Gift Pouch.” It comes with a “snakeskin” image, but I only need the pillow box image. It comes in 2 layers, which are attached. The two layers are the main shape of the pillow box and a scoring layer.

3. Change the inner layer from “Score” to “Writing” or “Cutting.” I do this so that I can see the lines and gauge the size of the text. (You’ll be changing this back to “Score” after we finalize the text).

4. Add your text and size it down so that it fits between the inner lines of the pillow box. Use your desired font.

5. Change the inner layer and the text to “Score.”

6. Click on “Make It.” Choose “Foil Poster Board” as your material. Leave the pressure as default and make sure to have your scoring tool in Clamp A and your Fine-Point Blade in Clamp .

7. Place the foil poster board on your Light Grip mat. Since the size of the template is a little over 5 inches wide and 7 inches tall, I cut my foil poster board down to 6×8 in.

8. Press the blinking arrow to load your mat

9. Press the blinking “C” button to score and cut your design

10. Press the blinking arrow again to unload your mat

11. Remove the excess foil and then the flat pillow box from your mat. I like to pull the mat away from the material so that it doesn’t bend it as much.

12. Fold along the score lines

13. Now fold it into a box.

14. Glue the sides in. I used a glue gun, but you can use any adhesive that can hold the foil poster board (note: a regular glue stick will not hold).

15. Decide what will be your bottom and your top. Glue down the bottom and leave the top open (this is where you would insert your gift). The flap with the semi circle cut should be folded in (the flap with the straight edge should be on top).

And there’s your pillow box! Add anything you want in it. 🙂

 

Need more visualization of all the text above? Here’s the breakdown in pictures!

 

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Search for “Gift Pouch” under Projects. Choose “Accented Gift Pouch”
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Delete the extra image
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Change the inner pillow box from “Score” to “Write” or “Cut” (this will be changed back after adjusting size of text)
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Add Text. Change font as desired. Adjust size to fit within the inner pillow box lines.
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Change the inner lines back to “score” & make the text “score” too
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Attach it all together
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Click on “Make It”
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Click on “Continue”
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Choose “Foil Poster Board” for your material

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Load your scoring style into Clamp A & your fine-point blade into Clamb B
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Place Your Foil Poster Board sheet onto your Light Grip Mat
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Click on the blinking arrow to load your mat
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Click on the blinking “C” to score and cut
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Click on the blinking arrow again to unload
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Remove the excess foil
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Remove the foil from the mat. I did it backwards here (removing the mat from the foil) so that it bends less
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Fold along the score lines
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Fold it into a box. The long side should be folded in. For the top & bottom, the side with the semi-circle goes in and the straight edge is out.
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Glue the long side in & then glue your bottom
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Make sure to leave 1 side unglued. This will be your top & where you will put in your gift card, cash, chocolates, etc
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Final Product

 

I hope the breakdown helped you to create this awesome gift card holder effectively using your Cricut machine. To see this all in action, check out the short Youtube video here. The EpicALLY blog also features breakdowns on other Youtube craft videos, including a Cricut vinyl craft project and Cricut Design Space tutorials on grouping, attaching, welding, and more.

Any questions? Comment below!

(Purple Text in this post:  hyperlink to the How to Make a Pillow Box Youtube Video and links to the Grouping, Attaching, and Welding breakdowns on this site.)

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