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Boxes and Bags

Show your creativity!
 
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About the projects

These craft projects are all about making gifts a visual delight with custom boxes and gift bags. There are instructions for making boxes and bags in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, along with tips for adding decorative elements.

The projects range in difficulty from VERY EASY to DIFFICULT.

Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have some crafting fun! Or jump to the category index for a listing of all crafts.

Geometric Solids Boxes

Geometric solids - patterns for making models
Description ↓

In this project, make three of the five Platonic solids—tetrahedron, octahedron, and icosahedron. These geometric models can be used for things beyond learning about solid geometry. Decorate them and make a colorful mobile or use them as gift boxes.

EASY to AVERAGE

Five-Petal Pentagon Envelopes

Five-Petal Pentagon Envelope
Description ↓

Make an elegant envelope wrap with rounded flaps that fold like petals to close into a five-sided pentagon shape. This unique petal envelope is a terrific gift wrap solution for small items like jewelry and scarves or to store keepsakes.

VERY EASY

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Easy Party Favor Bag

Locking top favor bags
Description ↓

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.

EASY

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Five-Sided Box

Five-sided boxes with pentagonal top
Description ↓

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.

EASY

Square Petal Envelope

Square petal envelope
Description ↓

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.

AVERAGE

Collapsible Box

Collapsible boxes - easy to make, easy to store
Description ↓

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.

EASY

Custom Collapsible Square Box Pattern

How to make a Collapsible Square Box Pattern in any size
Description ↓

  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 Box craft. 

EASY

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Interlocking Curves Box

Interlocking curves boxes
Description ↓

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

Easy Gift Bags

Easy gift bag from wrapping paper
Description ↓

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 minutes.

EASY

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Interlocking Box

Interlocking boxes
Description ↓

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.

EASY

Heart-Shaped Box

Heart shaped boxes
Description ↓

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.

DIFFICULT

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Halloween trick or treat bags
Description ↓

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 door!

EASY

Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween treat bags
Description ↓

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!

VERY EASY

Tube-shaped Gift Bags

Tube-shaped Gift Bags
Description ↓

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.

EASY

Father's Day Gift Bags

Tube-shaped Gift Bags for Father's Day
Description ↓

Make gift bags for Dad using patterns specially designed for Father's Day. Print the black & white patterns on colored paper and the colored patterns on white paper. These bags are a perfect size for homemade cookies or brownies.

EASY

Mother's Day Gift Bags

Tube-shaped Gift Bags for Mother's Day
Description ↓

Make gift bags for Mom using patterns specially designed for Mother's Day. Print the black & white patterns on colored paper and the colored patterns on white paper. Use the bags for small gifts, including homemade cookies or brownies.

EASY

Trinket Box

Trinket box made from recycled materials
Description ↓

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!

AVERAGE

Diamond Box

Daimond Boxes
Description ↓

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.

EASY

Pentagon Box

Pentagon Boxes
Description ↓

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.

EASY

Hexagon Box

Hexagon Boxes
Description ↓

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. Also, included are patterns for petal-top boxes with a unique flower-like closure.

EASY

Petal-top Hexagon Box

Petal-top Hexagon Box
Description ↓

Choose from several patterns to make a hexagonal box with a distinctive flower closure on top. The petals on the box tops fold over into a flower-like closure to give the box a unique look that is sure to delight. These boxes are especially nice for gifts.

EASY

Recycled Milk Carton Gift Boxes

Milk carton giftboxes
Description ↓

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.

EASY to AVERAGE

Christmas Tree Shaped Box

Christmas tree shaped box
Description ↓

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.

DIFFICULT

Oval Box with Lid

Oval boxes
Description ↓

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 special gift.

AVERAGE

Make a Custom Oval Box Pattern

How to make an Oval Box Pattern in any size
Description ↓

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 craft. 

AVERAGE

Pillow Boxes

Pillow boxes
Description ↓

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.

EASY

Flared Takeout Boxes

Elegant Flared boxes
Description ↓

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.

EASY

Rectangular Box

Rectangular boxes - versatile
Description ↓

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 box.

EASY

Make a Custom Rectangular Box Pattern

How to make a Rectangular Box Pattern in any size
Description ↓

  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 craft. 

EASY

Half-Moon Petal Envelope

Half-moon petal envelope
Description ↓

Have fun making these delightful square 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.

VERY EASY

Little Gift Boxes

Little gift box
Description ↓

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.

EASY

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