How-To Make a Valentine Gift Tube

by Diane Henkler on 01/23/2010

Gift Box made from paper towel tubes

I am sending this covered gift tube to my daughter, Mandy who is away at The University of Vermont.  It is filled with lots of kisses – Hershey Kisses that is.  I want to send her something unique and that won’t fit into her dorm mailbox.  This way the mail-room will have to put a note in her mailbox saying - “You got a package, come to the front desk to get it.”  Making it’s arrival more dramatic.   This is a recycling project, re-using cardboard tubes from paper towels, toilet paper, or giftwrap.    By using two tubes, one inside the other gives them more pizazz then just wrapping tootsie-roll style.  I simply covered the tubes with coordinating gift-wrap and used poufy pink tulle to tie them together.  It is very easy to make and can hold many different items, depending on the size of the tubes you use.  If you have something large you could use mailing tubes as they have a wider diameter. 


Since Mandy reads my blog she will know she is getting this.  It will still be fun for her to receive. 



2 cardboard tubes – one narrower to slide snuggly into the other
2 coordinating wrapping papers
Tulle or ribbon to coordinate
Hole Punch
Spray Adhesive
Glue Stick
Download Valentine design template (below)




1.  Determine how long a tube you want to hold the gift, add at least 2-inches for tubes to overlap.  Cut the tubes so that you have two that are equal lengths.


2.  Cut a piece of the first gift-wrap slightly larger than the first tubes end and place face down on work surface.  Place one end of first tube on the wrong-side of paper and trace around tube, then draw a dotted line about 1/2 -inch around it.  Cut circle out on dotted lines.  Do the same for the other tube and the coordinating gift-wrap.




Make cuts into the the 1/2 -inch excess as shown. Repeat for other tube.




3.  Glue circle on to end of tube, overlapping tabs if necessary.  Repeat on other tube.



4.  Cut gift-wrap to size to cover tube.  Spray wrong side of this piece with spray adhesive and carefully wrap around tube.  Make sure to smooth down edges.  Repeat this step for second tube using the coordinating gift-wrap.


5.  Punch two holes (as shown) about  1 1/2 – inches apart on the seamed side of each tube.


6.  Thread tulle or ribbon through holes in smaller tube, then through holes in the larger one.



7.  Make sure smaller tube is inside larger tube.   Pull tubes together by pulling the ends of the tulle or ribbon.  The tulle acts as a hinge. 



8.  Place gift inside.  Pull tulle and wrap around front of tube.  Tie into a bow and trim ends of tulle if necessary.


Get a copy of these cute cupcake toppers here:  They are 1″ little circles that you can cut out.  I used one as an embellishment on the tube.

 Link to download at:

The Creative Party Place



Find a button that coordinates with your gift-wrap and glue a 1″ valentine graphic that you downloaded onto center of button.  You can also use a round sticker and write the recipients name on.



Glue button onto center of bow.



I couldn’t decide which button I liked better, so I made two.








{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda January 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm

What a good Mom you are! And what a good idea this is!


2 Diane at InMyOwnStyle January 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Hi Amanda-

Thanks for the nice comment. I love creating and sending surprises. It’s a fun way to connect when I can’t be there in person.


3 Meg/Brassy Apple January 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

OH so fun! what a fun gift! gave it a little “stumble”.

nice to meet you via SITS! :) lovin’ it so far!


4 Ann January 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Very precious! What a great way to recycle and send a cute treat.


5 Mandy January 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Thanks Mom! I can’t wait for my first package of the semester. All the other kids will be wicked jealous :) XOXO -Mandy


6 ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~ January 25, 2010 at 8:59 am

Hello and thanks for stopping by for a visit and entering my giveaway. You are the craftiest gal I have met in a long time. I love your blog and I am following you now.
I was not aware of Kim so I will have to google her and learn more.
Yes we are neighbors and what you don’t know is that I lived near you for many years in Holmes and I had an Aunt & Uncle who lived in Landsdale.


7 Erika January 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

This is such a SWEET idea, I will have to try it for my daughter who is away at school. :)


8 Kristin January 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Wow. That is so pretty and creative!


9 Leanne January 27, 2010 at 1:09 am

Who wouldn’t want to get one of these for V day. What a fun gift! I love it.


10 Diane at InMyOwnStyle January 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I just found a mailing tube to send it off, so I am off to the post office tomorrow. Thanks for the stumble, Meg at The Brassy Apple and all the nice comments everyone has left for me.


11 Kim January 30, 2010 at 7:05 am

This is a great idea, I can’t wait to try it!


12 Diana @ The Girl Creative January 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

This is soooo cute!! I think I’m going to make them for my girls. They would love them. And we always have paper towel and toilet paper rolls on hand! Thanks so much for linking up. Featuring you today on my “Readers Rock” post. :)


13 Linda@Craftaholics Anonymous February 7, 2010 at 11:07 am

What a clever idea! Thanks for the ho-to. Thanks for linking up to my party! :)
happy crafting,


14 Valentines Gifts Philippines February 10, 2010 at 2:57 am

Wow! This is quite a collection thanks for giving a tutorial like it,will certainly visit your site more often now. Good work!



15 send gift Philippines February 17, 2010 at 1:13 am

Thanks for guiding me through this gonna be a perfect gift nice tutorial.I find it good entries that would walk me through. Great post!



16 Valentines Gifts Philippines March 21, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I am looking forward to your next post,this would make an awesome gift. :))


17 Beth January 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

Totally cute! great teachers gift!!


18 Diane January 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Thanks Beth – thanks for the idea to use it as a teachers gift, too. It would be perfect.


19 breanna January 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

awww so sweet! I’ve never seen anything like that!


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