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28 creative DIY gift box templates

Make your own DIY gift box templates with these 10 templates for all occasions and 18 festive templates!

Published: February 3, 2021 at 10:00 am
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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?


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. There's 10 gift box templates you can use for all events then we've rounded up 17 Christmas gift box templates for the festive season!

Looking for more fun papercraft projects? Get inspired with these lovely paper cutting templates.

11 fabulous gift box templates

Free party gift box template

Free party gift box template

Store all those mini gifts and treats in this fab little present box from issue 188 of Papercraft inspirations. The free box template is right here on Gathered ready for you to download and construct. Download your free party gift box template and start celebrating.

Camera gift box template

This adorable gift box template is such a fun way to package small presents. Learn how to make a camera gift box and download the free templates right here on Gathered.

Square gift box template

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Free owl box template

Free owl gift box and gift ideas templates

This gift box template is ideal for giving to kids as they'll love its silly little face! Download the owl gift box template and make a matching card for the ultimate cute combo.

Plain gift box template

Plain gift box template

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Although we love colourful gift boxes sometimes all you need is a plain template that you can get creative with. Just Great Printables has this plain square box template to buy, download and print. This box is 8.5 x 11 meaning you'll be able to fit slightly bigger presents in.

Free Valentines gift box template

Valentine's Day gift box template

This gift box template is perfect for all the lovers out there. Use Papercraft Inspirations free Valentine’s box template and decorate with papers, letters and gems. You'll be able to fit small gifts or chocolates inside. This box template could easily be turned into a birthday gift box too, just decorate with more suitable papers.

Handbag gift box template

handbag gift bag templates

Sarah Jackman Read’s papercraft project is just ideal for shopping lovers. Sarah's handbag gift bag templates & tutorial are here on Gathered and will make the sweetest gift box around. Make yours in your friend's favourite colours and fill with their eagerly anticipated pressies!

Expanding gift box template

Expanding gift box

This gift box template is perfect if you're giving jewellery or trinkets as a gift. Sue Hughes designed this gorgeous expanding gift box and has given us the free tutorial and templates to give to you! What a nice lady.

Mug gift box template

Mug box template

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We've all heard of wine bags but now it's time for mug gift boxes! Display their cute new mug in this easy to construct template by

Suitcase gift box template

This gift box template is for those lusting over summer holidays and warmer climates. Learn how to make a suitcase gift box using Papercraft Inspirations free tutorial and create your own mini suitcase. It's perfect for holding tickets, notes or gift cards.

Heart topped gift box

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This sweet gift box template encloses with heart, so it great to enclose all your romantic gifts. It would make a brilliant ring box for a special question! Find it as part of our heart template printable archive.

17 of the best Christmas gift box templates

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

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.

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.

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.

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 Cricut Maker but could be made using your trusty scorer and cutting pad if you wish. We have a round up of best die cut machines if you fancy getting a Christmas present for yourself!

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.

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.

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.

Nativity gift box template

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Amsterdam houses gift box templates

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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.

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.

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.

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!


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.


Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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