These craft projects are all about making gifts a visual delight with
techniques and ideas for gift wrapping. There are instructions for
making boxes and bags in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, along with
tips for adding decorative elements.
Come back in the coming weeks and months for other projects!
Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have
some crafting fun!
Favor Bag - In this project learn how to make a small
party favor bag that is self-closing. These easy to make bags are
ideal for packaging small party favors of food, candy, soaps or
jewelry. Choose from three sizes of printable patterns with or
without the colorful dot designs.
Five-Sided Box - In this project, you will make
five-sided boxes with pentagon-shaped top and bottom lids. The
printable patterns are in various sizes with colored and black-and-white versions. The boxes nest together for storage, and can be used
individually, or stacked.
Square Petal Envelope
- Learn a surprising technique for making square petal envelopes.
These simple envelopes are inspired by Japanese gift wraps and
require little or no adornment. They are great for wrapping flat
packages or gift cards.
Box - If you haven't made boxes before, you'll be
delighted with how easy it is to make a box in exactly the size
needed. This project features a collapsible box with an attached
lid. Use these boxes for gifts, as decorative containers or for
storage around the home or craft room.
Custom Collapsible Square Box Pattern - In this
project, you will create a custom pattern for a collapsible square
box in the exact size to meet your needs. Use the
pattern to make your custom-size box following instructions in the Collapsible
Interlocking Curves Box -
This project features striking boxes with interlocking tops and bottoms.
Choose from boxes with two interlocking curves on each side or three
interlocking curves per side. Instructions are given for drafting a
box pattern/template for any size interlocking curves box.
Easy Gift Bags - Learn how easy it is to make reusable gift
bags from wrapping paper. With a simple technique bags can be
fashioned in just the right size for your gift in just a matter of
Interlocking Box -
Try your hand at making boxes that feature sides that lock together. The
interlocked sides create a striking design that you can further enhance
with patterns and designs. These square boxes are ideal for gifts of
cookies or brownies.
Heart-Shaped Box - Make a novelty box for Valentine's Day in the shape of a heart.
Choose from a variety of printable patterns for
two sizes of heart boxes. This is a cute gift box for small presents
that will bring smiles and warm hearts wherever it is displayed.
Halloween Trick or Treat Bags -
It's quick and easy to make trick or treat bags in any size you like
to collect treats as you go from door to
door. All it takes is a stack of books and a sheet of paper to make the
basic bag. You can also create smaller bags for Halloween party
goodies or to hand out to the trick-or-treaters who come to your
Halloween Treat Bags -
Give your Halloween trick-or-treaters a colorful
handmade bag filled with treats! Each bag holds several
pieces of candy, two cookies, some caramel corn or a small toy. They are
great for any holiday and for party favors, too!
Tube-shaped Gift Bags
- See how easy it is to make simple gift bags. These bags can be
used for odd shape gifts, for food gifts, to store craft supplies,
and more! With this technique you can make bags in a matter of a few
minutes from any wrapping paper or other decorative paper.
- Use recycled materials to make this trinket box. All it takes to make
this cutie are empty cardboard tubes, a cereal box and scraps of ribbon
or paper. You are sure to want to make more than one!
Diamond Box - This project features a diamond-shaped
box with an attached lid in a variety colors, plain and patterned.
Multiple diamond boxes can be combined to form a larger diamond, a
hexagon and even a heart-shaped box.
Pentagon Box - Make a pentagonal-shaped box with an
attached lid in various sizes with colored and black & white
printable patterns. The boxes range in size from 3" to 1¾" and nest
together for storage. Use the boxes individually, or stacked, as
gift boxes, favors or for storing jewelry and other trinkets.
Hexagon Box -
Make a hexagonal-shaped box in several sizes, plain or decorated.
These boxes may be used as gift boxes, boxes to store trinkets,
party or wedding favors, or as decorative accents in your home.
Three of the boxes are sized to make into a stack. All of the
hexagonal boxes are collapsible and store flat.
Recycled Milk Carton Gift Boxes -
In this project, learn how to recycle milk and juice cartons, or any
size gable top carton, into strong gift boxes. You can either wrap the
boxes in your favorite way or transform the carton into a house or a
cuckoo clock using Aunt Annie's patterns.
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Christmas Tree Shaped Box - Make a novelty box in the
shape of a pine tree for Christmas in either of two sizes. This is a
cute gift box for small gifts that adds some Christmas cheer
wherever it is displayed. The project includes instructions for
making your own patterns for novelty-shaped boxes.
Oval Box with Lid -
Make an oval box with a lid in a several sizes and depths. The technique
used to make these boxes is based on the band boxes popular in
the 19th century, and is well-suited to making boxes with curves,
like this oval box. This is an elegant box that will compliment that
Make a Custom Oval Box Pattern - It's fun to design and
make an oval-shaped box to exactly meet your needs. In this project,
you will create a custom pattern for any size oval box. Use the
pattern to make your custom oval box following instructions in the
Oval Box with Lid
Pillow Boxes -
Make a pillow box for small gifts and party
or wedding favors. This is a terrific box that resembles a pillow in shape and
makes an elegant package with the addition of a ribbon. The project includes
printable patterns in a variety of sizes.
Takeout Boxes -
Make these wonderfully elegant boxes based on Chinese takeout boxes.
They increase in size from a square or rectangular base to lid flaps
that flare out from the top. The project includes printable patterns for flared
and more traditional takeout boxes in
a variety of sizes and shapes. These boxes have many decorative uses.
Rectangular Box -
Make a rectangular box with lid, also called a shirt box, in a variety
of sizes and depths. This is a very versatile box that can be used to
package about any gift. It can also be made without the lid and used as
a letter box, napkin holder, etc. Instructions
are given for drafting a box pattern/template for any size rectangular
Make a Custom Rectangular Box Pattern - In this
project, you will create a custom pattern for a rectangular box in
the exact size to meet your needs. Use the
pattern to make your custom-size rectangular box following instructions in the Rectangular Box
Half-Moon Petal Envelope - Have fun making these delightful
square and pentagon-shaped envelopes with
half-moon flaps that fold like petals. Spring and Easter designs are
included in the project. Use these envelopes as a gift wrap for small
gifts or to store keepsakes.
Little Gift Boxes - An easy to make cube-shaped
box with four choices of printable patterns—quick to make in full color, a black and white version for kids to color, or plain
templates to unleash your creativity.