Every year for St Patrick’s Day, I make a special meal where everything is green-colored. As part of our special family celebration I always have special St Patricks Day favors for the kids. This year I am decorating pillow boxes for each of the kids and filling them with chocolate coins – the ones covered in gold foil.
These pillow boxes are super simple to make thanks to the Pillow Box Die I found. It’s just perfect for making little pouches for holiday treats and is also great for when you are giving a gift card as a gift. It truly couldn’t be easier to run the pillow box die through my Sizzix Die Cut Machine. The die makes all the cuts and crease lines on the cardstock for me. Quick and Easy!
If you don’t have a die cut machine, you can still make this project though! You will just have to cut out the pillow boxes by hand. If you do a search for printable pillow box templates, you should find plenty that will work.
So let’s get started!
St Patricks Day Favors Tutorial
You will want to start by cutting your paper. You will need an 8.5″x11″ sheet of green cardstock and a 3.5″x7″ piece of patterned paper. For the cardstock, I used the color Pear Pizzazz and for the patterned paper, I used the green chevron design from the Watercolor Wonders designer series paper pack. Whether you use a die or cut it by hand from a template, cut your pillow box shape from the cardstock.
To make it easier to assemble the box, crease all the fold lines using a bone folder or your fingernail.
Now you are ready to assemble your pillow box. You will want a stronger adhesive to hold this together so it stays shut. I recommend Sticky Strip or hot glue. Fold the tab in and apply the adhesive along the edge of the tab. Then fold the top of the pouch over and press along the edge to seal the adhesive.
Use a tape runner or Tombow Glue to stick the patterned paper to the pouch. The ends will overlap slightly. This will be the back of your pillow box.
Now we are ready to make the decoration for the front of the pillow box. If you have a heart paper punch, it is quick and easy to make a cute shamrock punch art piece to embellish your pouch. 3 punched hearts glued together at the points will form the shamrock itself. Then I cut a tiny sliver of cardstock for the stem. Use a Dimensionals foam dot to stick the shamrock to the front of the pouch and raise it up a bit.
I stamped a “For You” banner to embellish the shamrock punch art.
You can easily cut out the “For You” banner by hand, or to make things easier, there is a coordinating die set. I have been loving my Sizzix magnetic die platform for cutting out stamped images that have coordinating dies. I don’t have to use post it notes or washi tape to hold it into place anymore!
To finish things off, just adhere your “For You” banner to the shamrock. Fill your St Patricks Day favors with gold foil chocolate coins, Rolos, or even green M&M’s. Then fold in the ends and use a piece of gold cord to help keep things closed. (Since I used a dimensional to stick the shamrock down, it was easy to get the cord behind it.) I found bags of the gold foil chocolate coins in the dollar section at Target and will be filling my pillow boxes with those.
Want to make these cute St. Patricks Day Favors yourself?
Here’s a list of everything I used. Don’t be intimidated by the long list. You may already have a lot of this on hand, especially if you are really into paper crafting. (In the interest of full disclosure, these are affiliate links. So if you purchase through these links, I get a small percentage of the sale – which helps to support this site and lets me bring you more fun craft ideas!)
- 1 Sheet of Green Cardstock (I used the color Pear Pizzazz)
- 1 Sheet of Coordinating Green Patterned Paper (I used the green chevron from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper Pack)
- Scrap of White Cardstock
- Paper Trimmer
- Die Cut Machine (optional if you hand cut the pillow boxes)
- Pillow Box Die (optional if you hand cut the pillow boxes)
- Sizzix Magnetic Platform (optional if you hand cut the stamped banner)
- Bitty Banners Die Set (optional if you hand cut the stamped banner)
- Heart Paper Punch (the one I have makes hearts that are 1.5 inches tall)
Stamps / Ink
For more fun things to make for St. Patricks Day, be sure to check out our St. Patrick’s Day crafts and recipes board on Pinterest. So tell me… Are you making any St. Patrick’s Day Crafts?