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How to Make Pillow Boxes {Out of Toilet Paper Rolls}

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Looking for a way to make FREE pillow boxes for gift giving? This step-by-step tutorial shows you how!

Are you looking for a cute, simple, and free way to pack up small treats and gifts?

If so, these DIY pillow boxes are perfect!

toilet paper roll

These pillow boxes are made out of toilet paper rolls, and they are so easy to decorate and fill with small treats.

Before we get to the how-to, let’s talk about what exactly is a pillow box.

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What Are Pillow Boxes?

Pillow boxes get their name because, once they are folded, they look like a pillow.

Pillow boxes are basically a small box with each end folded in.

They are an attractive and inexpensive way to package small goods.

pillow boxes out of toilet paper rolls

What Can You Put in a Pillow Box?

Pillow boxes are great for small treats!

Some of my favorite things to gift in a pillow box are:

  • money
  • candy
  • trinkets
  • key chains
  • crayons and/or mini colored pencils
  • small soaps and bath products
  • mini figurines
  • essential oils
  • small tubs of lotion
  • lip balm or chapstick
  • jewelry
  • tea light candles

How to Make a Pillow Box Out of Toilet Paper Rolls

I’m sharing a full DIY tutorial below, but to get you started, if you have a few of these lying around, you can make a DIY pillow box out of toilet paper rolls.

I have even taken a paper towel roll and cut it into thirds to make three pillow boxes!

toilet paper rolls

Once you have your toilet paper rolls, just decorate it with whatever you choose!

I give you some options in the DIY card below!

Then, fold in one end, fill with treats, and then fold in the other end.

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diy pillow box

How to Make Pillow Boxes {Out of Toilet Paper Rolls}

diy pillow box

Looking for a way to make FREE pillow boxes for gift giving? This step-by-step tutorial shows you how!

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost free



  1. Take your toilet paper or paper towel rolls (if using paper towel rolls, cut into thirds) and begin decorating. You can use paint, washi tape, scrapbook paper, glitter, paint pens, markers or twine for decorating.
  2. Fold one end down so that your DIY pillow box is now closed at one end.
  3. Fill with confetti, tissue paper and/or your treats.
  4. Fold down the other end and you're done!


Have longer gift items? You could easily do this with a full paper towel roll.

If you buy toilet paper rolls on amazon, be sure to note that they are often thicker, and therefore do not fold down as easily (if at all).

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diy pillow box out of toilet paper rolls

And there you have it!

An easy way to make a DIY pillow box, no template needed.

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What fun items would you put into one of these cuties?

Thanks so much for reading all about How to Make Pillow Boxes {Out of Toilet Paper Rolls}.

Have a lovely day!

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