17 festive DIY gift box templates for Christmas

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Since we’re all about the handmade and sustainable life, we thought it was about time we shared some of the top DIY gift box templates with you. Gift wrapping, especially shop bought gift bags, tend to be made from plastic making them unrecyclable and bad for the planet. By opting to make your own handmade gift bags you’ll not only be saving the planet but also your bank balance. Plus there’s nothing quite like receiving a beautifully wrapped present which time and cares gone into is there?

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We’ve gathered a mixture of free and paid for gift box templates that are super simple to download, print and construct. Many of these templates use a die cutting machine but some can be made using just some scissors and your own two hands! From Christmas tree gift box templates to elf houses that can store cookies, there’s a gift box template for you.

Best templates to make a DIY gift box

For even more festive goodness check out our Christmas crafts which include Christmas knitting patterns and free Christmas decoration crochet patterns.

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Papercraft pillow gift box template

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If you’re giving small gifts this Christmas such as jewellery or chocolate coins then our free papercraft pillow box template is the one for you. It’s easy to make and would make fab little treats to hide in the tree or leave on the dinner table as a surprise.

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Gingerbread DIY gift box

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The House That Lars Built has several Christmas gift box ideas on their blog but this one is by far our favourite. Make your own gingerbread gift boxes from nothing more than old cardboard boxes, a glue gun and a white pen! It’s the ultimate upcycling project and if you’re on the market for a new glue gun check out our best glue guns for craft round-up.

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Christmas cracker gift box template

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Christmas crackers can make great gift boxes if you remove the snapper inside! Learn how to make your own Christmas crackers with our free tutorial and fill yours with festive delights.

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Ho ho ho gift box

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We love this novel way of present chocolates by Queen B Creations. She has even made a step by step video tutorial for you to follow and make along to.

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Snowy gift box templates

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Miss Mandee has created two gorgeous gift box templates for you to download, print and make. They’re made using a

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Snowflake bauble gift box template

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Mini gift box templates

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Pickle Bums free gift box templates are really easy printables that come decorated and with these cute little Santa tags. It’s a great last-minute gift box for your little one’s friends or teachers.

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Carboard handmade gift box

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Crafting Cheerfully are here for all your cardboard gift box needs. The templates for these four fab designs are up for free on their blog and would look wonderful sitting under the tree. You could decorate yours with papers, paints and glitter.

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Christmas tree DIY gift box

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The Thinking Closet has uploaded the most festive little gift box templates and we just had to share them with you. Choose your favourite papers and download her free template to create these mini Christmas tree boxes. She also has little flower boxes too for spring.

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Nativity gift box template

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Etsy, £4.56

This beautiful nativity gift box template is by Exodus 31 Designs. For £4.56 you can download three nativity boxes designs which all depict different scenes from the birth of Jesus. This template can be used on cricut, laser and silhouette cameo machines.

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Elf gift box template

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Artsy-Fartsy Mama has created a free milk carton gift box template for you to download. Once you’ve printed and assembled why not decorate them with this little elf and Santa outfit? Super easy and super cute.

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Triangular gift box template

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Crafts Unleashed have lots of Christmas gift box ideas on their blog including the tutorial for this fab triangular box. As well as the free printable template they have free holiday labels for you to download and decorate your boxes with. If you’re looking for more fab projects check out our free card making downloads and make your own festive cards.

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Elf house gift box template

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Bren Did’s little elf houses make the sweetest gift boxes! They’re the perfect size for storing Christmas cookies and biscuits so head to her blog and get your free printable template.

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Amsterdam houses gift box templates

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Etsy, £3.80

Buy this Dutch canal house gift box template and fill with Christmas presents for your whole family. It’s a bargain at £3.80 and you’ll be able to keep the template and construct year after year.

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Holly gift box template

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Lia Griffiths is the home of Christmas gift box ideas. Their tutorial for these holly handmade gift boxes is up for free on their blog. They’re super simple to construct and will look so adorable sitting on your dinner table.

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Christmas tree-shaped gift box template

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Turn your spare festive papers into Christmas tree gift boxes with The Craft Blog’s free download. Ran out of Christmassy papers? Head to Mollie Makes’ free desktop, iPhone and iPad wallpapers for hundreds of free, printable papers.

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Gift card gift box template

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Present gift card gifts beautifully with Craft Unleashed free gift box template. We adore the festive messaging on the front – it’s like a Christmas card and gift in one!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed these free gift box templates. Now you’re a papercraft pro learn how to make cards with our free tutorials and pick up some easy origami for beginners projects.