Pillow Boxes from Cardboard Tubes

Emily and I had lots of fun making these super-cute pillow boxes to hold little treats to give to her friends! They are made with recycled cardboard tubes — Yay for crafting with recyclables!!

First, she painted cardboard tubes. We chose to use several shades of green paint for St. Patrick’s Day treat boxes!

Once the paint was completely dry, we pushed down one end of the tube as shown.

We filled the pillow boxes with bags of rainbow colored candy — Clearly, this was Emily’s FAVORITE part!!

Push down the opposite end of the tube to close the pillow box, wrap with a ribbon, and give to a special friend!!

A fun and super-frugal St. Patrick’s Day treat!

Have fun!!


  1. What a great idea! I’ll have to start keeping my toilet paper/paper towel rolls!

  2. Very fun and cute–I’ll be making these in pastel colors for Easter. Unfortunately, my TP tube supply has been decimated by the recent creation of a hexbug nano maze thingy–but don’t worry: we’ll make more! 🙂

  3. That’s such a great idea! Finn loves to play with the pillow boxes I make out of good card stock….now he can make his own and I won’t feel bad if they get messed up!

  4. Cute!! Love how these turned out.. I think she was hoping she would spill some 😉

  5. Oh, this is a super cute idea!

  6. Cute idea! So easy too!

  7. It looks like such a festive present – it’s hard to believe it started as a humble cardboard tube!

  8. Oh that would be super cute! I love her face as she adds the candy.

  9. Very cute! I like the idea!

  10. I love this idea!
    Especially the candy part 🙂

  11. What a great idea. They came out really cute.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. I LOVE these!!! We’ll be making some for friends for sure!