Printer fun: 20 best printables for papercrafting and more
If you've got a printer at home, make the most of these brilliant free printable paper crafts, from rainbows to unicorns
It is a common issue across the world: you are stuck at home, can't get to the shops and are looking for something fun to do yourself or keep the kids busy. We can help! Lots of the fun craft projects we are showcasing here can be made with artwork printed from your own home printer. Take a look and see which one looks good to you. It might be a good time to order some more printer ink online.
Papercraft templates to print
We've got 20 great ideas using papercraft templates, printable artwork and even some simple sewing templates to make the most of the creative fun you can tap into with the help of your home printer! Take a look and see which one you want to try first.
Print and craft a garden shed
Our gardening and potting shed printables are designed for easy allotment-themed makes. This cool card lets you open the shed door to see what's inside! You'll find all the artwork you need, as well as a choice of different greetings to make this card suitable for all occasions, in our gardening printables set.
Papercraft templates and printables for a 3D car
You'll find all the artwork you need to make this cool 3D car and gift box in our free card and motoring printables, illustrated by Emily Waite. This set works great for Dads who love to give lifts, but there are greetings and ideas to use for birthdays, congratulations cards and lots more, too. If you've never tried making a 3D papercraft shape before, you can't go wrong with this clever car – just print, trim and stick for a brilliant 3D finish. Click to find the free car and motoring printables.
Papercraft templates for an Easter egg hunt
Make the most of garden games with our cool free papercraft templates pdf for your very own mini egg hunt! We'll show you how to craft mini carrot carriers, woven easter baskets and easter-themed decorations, too. Click to find the How to do an Easter egg hunt with paper decorations tutorial
Free sewing patterns to print
Of course we've got some lovely free sewing patterns for you right here on Gathered. But we don't have any Sewstainability patterns, and they have picked 100 of their couture creations to offer as free PDF downloads to help crafters struggling for funds at this tricky time. It's a brilliant resource for sewers to browse. Click for details of the patterns on offer.
Free papercraft templates for stitched leaves wall art
For a really simple project you can make with any papers or patterned papers you have, try these stitched leave from Calm Moment – even newspaper looks very stylish with these lovely 3D leaves! Print out the templates and use to cut out your shapes, then attach them down the centre to a piece of background paper using your steering machine – or stitch by hand if you prefer, or staple or use glue. This adaptable make works with any materials you have to hand, and cutting out the shapes makes for a mindful moment.
Click to find the Stitched Paper Leaves tutorial and templates.
Papercraft templates: printable Kokeshi dolls
Here is a great project for all ages. Print out Emily Waite's Oriental printables and layer up different combinations of kimono, hair styles, faces and shoes to create your own Kokeshi dolls. You can use these as card toppers or just a fun mini decorations. There is a great decoupage unicorn printables set that you might enjoy, too...
Papercraft templates for a weather mobile
Hang on a minute... How about making an easy hanging mobile? We love this weather-themed deign as it is so easy to make with any card or patterned paper you have in your stash, or you can use plain card and get kids to colour their own strips for more of an interactive craft project to work on with younger children. Click for the our How to create a Papercraft Rainbow Mobile tutorial.
Free templates for dinosaur sewing
You need some sort of fabric to make this sweet little dinosaur – felt is easy as it won't fray, but patterned fabrics or bright plain materials would look brilliant too. You can download and print the simple templates you need from the Mollie Makes website – click here for the dinosaur templates.
Free papercraft templates for dinosaur cards
Check out these roar-some dinosaur cards! The shapes used here are simple enough for children to cut out themselves with a little supervision. Use whatever coloured card or paper you have at home with our free templates. We have layered up our cards with sticky foam pads for a 3D finish, but you can easily use glue instead and they will still look amazing! The dinosaur cards are part of our free spring card making templates set.
Papercraft templates to make a mini oven gift box
What could be cuter than this cute mini oven, designed to house a single cupcake, but easily repurposed for any small gift. Craft the gift box using our free papercraft templates, back the 'glass' of the oven with acetate for a peep-through window to the contents inside, and decorate the outside with accessories from our free retro baking printables. We've added mini buttons for the hob plates and a loop of wire for the oven door with a tea towel looped across it from an oddment of ribbon. Adorable!
Papercraft templates for an Easter tree
Up the style of your Easter decor with this simple-to-make Easter tree. We have the free templates and tutorial for you to discover, as well as ideas for matching cake toppers and other decorative flourishes, too. Find the How to make an Easter tree tutorial.
Craft printables for the technology lovers
Download these free technology printables and let modern must-haves inspire your card making! With TVs, mobile phones and laptops galore, the collection is a tech lover's paradise. You can build up your own mobile text message conversations with these printable sheets, add photos to camera film, style up laptop cards and lots more. Find the gaming and technology printables.
Papercraft templates for a cat shaped card
Do you know somebody who is mad for cats? Brighten their day with these easy cat card templates. Just place the template over a normal card, leaving a little over the spice to make sure the card spine remains attached in some parts, then cut your shape. Decorate with any patterned paper you have at home, and hand-letter a greeting to hang on the cat's collar for a personal touch. Find the cat card template.
Papercraft template for roses and gift box
This sweet little box has been designed for gifting wedding favours, but works beautifully for any small present. As well as a template for the box, we have templates and tutorial for the paper roses topping the box. You can scale the template up or down depending on the size you need. Find the DIY wedding cards and decorations templates.
Make a cow thankyou card with our papercraft templates
Say moo-chas gracias with this brilliant cow shaped card, designed by Becky James. This fun design comes to lifs with the addition of googly eyes, but you can easily swap in some cut from paper, or even drawn in with pen if you don't have any at home. Find the cow card template – you'll need to scroll through to the last page of the PDF for the cow design.
Print and craft pretty vintage-post-themed cards
These printable patterned papers and toppers from Jenny Ellory celebrate the joys of letter writing with a gorgeous vintage theme. As wells this stunning artwork, you'll find mini printable templates for the envelope embellishments included on the topper sheets, too. Find the free vintage letter and typewriter patterned papers.
Sofa gift box papercraft templates
Here is a 3D make and a half. Not only would this card sofa make an incredible gift box, we think it would also be an amazing make to craft for a child's dolls. The sofa has two pull-out draws to hold your new-home gifts – or dress up doll's wardrobe and shoes! Find the sofa gift box templates.
Free papercraft printables for a seaside puppet theatre
Fancy making your very own Punch and Judy theatre? You can use our free seaside fun papercraft printables to cut out and create the perfect stage. Put the puppets on sticks to make them move inside the scene for interactive fun. Find the British seaside puppets printables.
Use our free papercraft templates for a toolbox card
Here's an easy project to make a special card for the diy enthusiast in your life. Download our free toolbox card templates for the easy shapes you need to craft this quick and easy card.
Print and craft weather-themed cards
It's as simple as print, cut, fold and stick to make these pretty weather-themed cards. You can add an easy 3D finish with some folding umbrella shapes, too! Find the All-weather patterned papers.
Hannah has worked on Gathered for 2 years, since our launch in 2019. At school Hannah learned to knit collaborating on dorcas blankets – now she edits our knitting section. She inherited her love of stitching and embroidery from her talented grandmother, and her passion for thread led her to be Editor of The World of Cross Stitching for six years. Card making is a more recent passion, developing from her position as editor of Cross Stitch Card Shop. She loves using kinetic techniques to make cards that move – she was editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine for over four years, creating loads of card making video tutorials at www.youtube.com/PapercraftTV.