Today I want to tell you about another awesome punch board: the We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board!
This little board is one of my favorites for packaging small gifts. Remember 100 years ago when McDonald’s apple pies came in pillow boxes?
When I was a kid, every Sunday morning before church, my dad would take me to McDonald’s for breakfast before we ran the church bus route. Those weekly daddy/daughter dates remain one of my most treasured childhood memories, and I’ve always loved pillow boxes since then.
This board is so easy to use, and you can make your pillow boxes in several different sizes.
The instructions are printed right on the board, so there’s nothing to keep up with. And like the Envelope Punch Board, it comes with a handy score tool that stores in a slot on the bottom.
Now you’ll flip the paper upside down so that you’re starting off with the same edge you started with and repeat the entire process.
Now we’re going to add the thumb notches to make it easy to open the box once it’s closed. To do this, you just fit your paper into the top of the punch board. Just follow the spaces to fit your middle curve under the button and punch again.
You’ll end up with a neat little notch like this:
Flip the paper upside down and punch the other side too. Then trim off the little curved edges on the end tab, following the score marks. Your paper will look like this when you’re finished.
At this point I trimmed my end tab down to about 1/4 inch, but that’s up to you. Crease your vertical score lines.
Now it’s time for your adhesive. You can use an adhesive runner here, but I’ve personally found that Elmer’s Glue All gives me a stronger bond in this application. Add the adhesive of your choice to the tab on the end, then fold your box to close. If you’re using a wet glue, you may want to set a book or something heavy on it for a minute to help it set. I usually just tuck it under the punch side of the board.
All done! When you’re ready to close the box, gently squeeze the side edges together, then fold the flaps down, the one with the thumb notch first.
These are so cute for little gifts like jewelry!
And you can use paper anywhere from 4 to 12 inches in length. Your closed box is going to end up about 2 inches shorter than your paper.
This one I made from a WRMK 4×6 journaling card, and I love it like a small child. Look at that adorable swimsuit theme! Ah, summer, is it really time to let you go?
And this one done in 6×8 paper made the perfect size for a Dove Bar.