Pillow Box Bucket

by Lynn Put

Create an adorable bucket with Pillow Box die cuts.


  • Three Pillow Box Die Cuts (Pumpkin Pie Cardstock used here)
  • Tacky Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Three 1" x 5" Cardstock Strips for bucket bottom (Pumpkin Pie Cardstock used here)
  • One 3/4" x 11" Cardstock Strip for bucket handle (Old Olive Cardstock used here)
  • Two 4" cardstock Circle for bucket bottom
  • Additional cardstock and punches for embellishment
  • Paper Cutter with scoring blade
  • Horizontal Slot Punch
  • Sponge
  • Ink (Pumpkin Pie Classic ink used here)
  • Two Brads


  1. Step 1

    Pre-fold each pillow box die cut on score lines and sponge with ink.

  2. Step 2

    Apply Tacky Tape™ to the long horizontal tabs on two of the boxes and tape together as shown in picture, leaving flat.

  3. Step 3

    Choose one side to be the top of your bucket and trim the three rounded Pillow box tabs so that all edges are the same.

  4. For the bottom edge of your bucket you will need to trim off all tabs (as shown in picture).

  5. Step 4

    Using Tacky Tape, tape last pillow box to form your bucket.

  6. Step 5

    Each 1”x 5” strip of card stock will need to be scored at each end ½”.

  7. Apply Tacky Tape™ to the very ends (on one side) and tape them to the inside bottom of the bucket ¾” from the bottom with the ½”scored strip facing the bottom of the bucket.

  8. Step 6

    Apply tape to the bottom of the criss crossed strips

  9. and tape 4” circle in place.

  10. Step 7

    Flip bucket over and place the second 4” Coluzzle circle inside the bottom of the bucket.

  11. Step 8

    Decorate Bucket front if wanted.

    Used here:
    Two 1" black circles for eyes, 3 1/4" white circles for eyes, 3 black photo corner punch-outs for mouth, one hand-cut triangle for nose.

  12. Step 9

    Make elongated punches on each side of the bucket using the Horizontal Slot punch

  13. and feed the handle through, fold and attach with tape or brads.

  14. Step 10

    Fill your Pumpkin Bucket with Halloween candy or small gift.



  1. Make it a cup!
    Add handles on the side of the bucket.
    Before adding the criss cross pieces for the bottom of the bucket (after step 4) add the handle to the side of the cup (the cup handle is 3/4" x 8" and I scored 3/4" on each end). Use the Slot punch and punch two elongated punches (I did mine on a scored/taped edge of the cup because other wise the handle would either be to far back or to far forward) one 3/4" from the top and one 3/4" from the bottom above one another. Then insert the scored ends of the handle and tape them to the inside of the cup. Continue with step 5-8 to finish your cup.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pillow Box Bucket. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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OMG!! This is an AWESOME tutorial!! Thank you for the inspiration!! I can't wait to watch the video!!
Judy  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 7:09 AM
Oh this is adorable! I was just thinking the other day, there's got to be something else to do with that Pillow Box die! Thanks so much!!!
Kristin Moore  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 10:51 AM
Wow! This is incredible! Love this!
Lisa Takeuchi  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:11 AM
This is a fabulous tutorial, thanks so much!! I love the pillow box die and this adds even more versatility.
Joanne (sleepyinseattle)  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:12 AM
Great tutorial! The creativity of the members on this website is just incredible!!! I can't wait to see everyone's creations. Thanks again!
Stampin'HappyInCT  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:24 AM
OH!! This is Soooooo cute!! I have the pillow die (thinking it would be large enough to hold gift cards...oops!) and now will have a CUTE use for it!!
Thanks for sharing and the video too!!
Starla (star)  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM
This is phenomenal!
LaShawnda  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 12:14 PM
Does anyone know what the dimensions for the pillowboxs are? I don't have the die, but think I could easily create the same effect. Thanks!
Bill  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM
For the last couple of weeks, I have not been able to get the videos of the tutorials. I love them. They make everything so simple looking. I get a box with a X so I can't see them. Is there another place for me to view these. I know your stuff is on You Tube, but do I need a certain address to view all. Thanks for you help!
Linda  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 12:20 PM
Great idea! TFS!
JulieHR  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM
Linda, here is the link to the video:


The pillow die is 2 1/4" wide from score line to score line ( 4 1/2", plus glue tab). Without the glue tabs the longest point measures 3 1/2", the lowest 2 7/8".
Beate  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 12:46 PM
Excellent project. I don't have the die but may use one of the Nestibilites to see if that would work. If not, off to shop for the pillow box die.
Shari  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 1:08 PM
Is it possible to know which die was used here?
Emily Martin  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 2:54 PM
What a clever and fun basket. I can't wait to make them for the holidays. Thank you for sharing such a pretty idea.
Tara Bilbao  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 9:15 PM
WOW!!! You are amazing! I would have never thought of this!

For Emily who was asking which die this is---it is from Stampin Up! and called the Pillow Box Bigx Die and is available through SU in the catalog. I think it costs about $20.
Kristine  |  Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 9:17 PM
This is one of the very best!! In the UK we don't have access to the much larger SU catalogue, (which is perhaps just as well as I'm not sure my bank balance could take it!!!) But we do have WS Design templates and they do several pillow box templates in a variety of sizes..so a variety of these wonderful buckets will be forming part of my Christmas table displays filled with sweeties (candy) and other seasonal delights!! ( www.ws-designs.co.uk)
cary  |  Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 1:36 AM
Is it possible to get a template of the pillow box die as we don't have the dies in Australia. Thanks.
Sue  |  Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 1:47 AM
do the big shot dies for the pillow box fit through the cuttlebug? i love this project!
mzkangak  |  Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 4:16 AM
Where do you cut the pill boxes from and what size? Very cute. Thanks
Sherry McDaniel  |  Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 4:59 AM
Dawn Easton  |  Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 7:42 AM

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