Making a Cardboard Tube Gift Box

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January 30, 2017

Cardboard Tube Gift Box - finished gift boxI love making these cute little gift boxes because they use things you'd otherwise throw away, cardboard tubes and leftover gift wrap.


Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 gift box


  • cardboard tube from toilet paper or kitchen towels
  • wrapping papers scraps
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paintbrush, optional
  • clothespin, optional
  • ribbon
Cardboard Tube Gift Box - supplies


  1. Trim your wrapping paper so it's just big enough to cover the cardboard tube.
  2. Cardboard Tube Gift Box - cutting paper to fit tube
  3. Add very thin drops of glue (or brush on) onto tube and apply gift wrap.
  4. Cardboard Tube Gift Box - glue paper to tube
  5. After glue has dried, take one end of the tube, apply glue inside, then seal shut. Secure by holding it shut or using a clothespin. Let dry.
  6. Cardboard Tube Gift Box - glue one end shut using a clothespin to hold until glue dries

  7. To make it a bit fancier, affix a scrap of contrasting gift wrapping paper over the first. Insert gift into finished cardboard tube then glue shut. Tie with ribbon.
  8. Cardboard Tube Gift Box - decorate outside with other paper, etc.
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December 17, 2015

For small gifts that are difficult to wrap, you can use a cardboard tube as a gift box. You will find these tubes at the middle of rolls of toilet tissue, kitchen paper rolls, rolls of wrapping paper, and sometimes cooking foil and cling film.

Cardboard Tube Gift Box

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October 20, 2020

Okay so I think it's safe to say we all have a lot of toilet paper rolls. Especially amid this pandemic, we all went through a little hoarding shopping spree of toilet paper!


But it's okay;) instead of just endlessly throwing them out what do you say we have some fun and spread some love?

Cute Upcycled TP Tube Gift Boxes - gift box

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October 13, 2016

Recycle toilet tissue or paper towel tubes as a base to wrap small gifts like jewelry or gift cards. Learn how to make them in this short video.

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January 27, 2020

A recycled, scrapbook paper covered, paper tube makes a fun little gift pouch for small token gifts or a treat on St. Patrick's day. Add a foam shamrock shape and a green ribbon and it's done.

Finished gift tube.

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