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Cardboard tubes from paper towels and even toilet paper can be easily up-cycled to create these quirky and individual gift boxes. While their relatively small size means they'll only be practical for smaller gifts such as jewellery, trinkets or a fancy pen, they're fun to make, affordable and when finished, very beautiful. If you're wanting to present a gift for a loved-on that's truly one-of-a-kind, why not try making some of these gorgeous upcycled paper roll gift boxes, following the method below.

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The designs I've created below were made using craft materials I already had at home. A few other colour schemes and designs you may like to try out are vintage glamour (using floral paper, pastel colours, paper doilies and pretty vintage scrapbooking embellishments), earthy colours with gold embellishments, a Pop Art inspired design in black and white, a Cubist-inspired collage or a romantic collage superimposing painted hearts with ones cut out from fancy paper.

Art and Craft Supplies
Cardboard rolls

Acrylic paint in various colours

Acrylic paint in metallic colours

Glitter glue

Fancy paper - this can be special scrapbooking paper, or other simpler types such as recycled giftwrap, newspaper or even pretty paper doilies.

Optional: scrapbooking embellishments such as ribbons, adhesive jewels, paper or fabric flowers, or anything else that ignites your imagination. Gel pens can also be used to provide more detailed designs at any stage of your work.

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After deciding on what designs you want to do, cover your tubes with a basic coat of acrylic paint.

cardboard rolls

When the first coat of paint is dry, paint a secondary coat of paint onto your tubes, or experiment with alternative ways of applying the paint. Perhaps an old paintbrush can be used to flick the paint on, or a gel or paint pen could be used to create a more detailed design. Alternatively, you could cut out shapes from the fancy paper and glue these on to your painted tube.

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When the paint and / or glue has dried, paint more images on top of your creation, if desired. Building the design up gradually is very satisfying, as it gives you time to consider how you'd like your creation to evolve, rather than rushing to finish it all at once. If you started with a collage, perhaps you'd like to add some painted designs, or vice versa. At this stage of the design, metallic paint can add a special accent to particular areas of your tubes.


Examine your tubes to see if there is anything else you'd like to paint on or glue to your tube. If not, you could now add the scrapbooking embellishments or some glitter glue for a bit of extra bling. Then leave your creations to dry.


Your gift tubes are now complete. Pop your gift inside, staple the ends, and add some ribbon.


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