Making a Cardboard Tube Gift Box

I 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


  1. Trim your wrapping paper so it's just big enough to cover the cardboard tube.
  2. Add very thin drops of glue (or brush on) onto tube and apply gift wrap.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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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 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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