Free Gift Box Templates

With these free gift box templates you can make your own cardboard gift boxes. The templates are easy to adapt to suit any small gift. There are 4 templates to choose from in different styles and sizes. These are great for jewelry, CD's, sweets or any other small gift that you want to make extra special.

The templates come in two different designs, template #2, #3 and #4 are all the same style in different sizes.

Template #1 is a simple folded envelope style box. This box is ideal for CD's or books, you may have to change the back and side dimensions so it fits snugly around your gift.
You will need to make a hole in each flap to thread through some ribbon or string as in the how to make a box photo's.

The rest of the boxes have tabs that require gluing and have a hinged lid.

blue and orange gift boxes

Materials and Equipment

  • Template
  • Scissors
  • A4 thin card stock
  • glue
  • Ribbon or cord (template #1)

Free Gift Box Templates Download

Download the template below by clicking on the thumbnail. All my templates are PDF files as they are easy to use and print.

You will need acrobat reader installed on your computer to view and print these templates. You can download it for free by clicking on the adobe reader button on the right.

gift box template 1
gift box template 3
gift box template 2
gift box template 4

Printing the Template

Most printers will allow you to print directly on to thin card. If you are using patterned card make sure that you print on the plain side. If your printer will only allow you to print on paper then there are a couple of different ways to transfer the template to card.

One way is to glue the paper template to the card you can use any type of glue suitable for paper. Spread the glue thinly across the card then lower the paper on top. Smooth out carefully removing any air bubbles. Make sure the glue is completely dry before cutting.

The other way will only work if you are printing a template that is easy to reproduce. Secure the paper to the card with tape, using a pencil and ruler if drawing straight lines, go over the lines on the template. Press hard enough to mark the card but not so hard you make holes in the paper.

orange scratched gift box
blue gift box sponge paint effect

How to make a box Instructions

  1. Download the required template and print on suitable card or paper. If you print on paper see the instructions for printing the template.

  2. Decorate your card, this is easier to do before you make the box. See Mia's Craft Ideas box at the bottom of the page.

  3. Cut out the template carefully and score along on the lines.

  4. For template #1 - using a hole punch make two holes one above the other on the flaps of the box. Thread your ribbon or cord through the holes.

  5. On templates #2 to #4 - use glue or double-sided sticky tape on each of the tabs. Stick each tab to the inside of the box.

  6. Your box is now finished and you can fill with your special gift.

Mia’s Top Tip


To change the basic size of any box, increase or decrease the top or bottom areas.

Make sure you change both areas by the same amount.

The flaps on template #1 should still overlap when you make the changes.

To change the depth of the box increase or decrease the side areas of the box.

Opposite sides must be kept to the same scale.

spatter paint effect yellow gift box

Mia’s Craft Ideas


Use one of my decorative printer papers on the other side of your free gift box template.

After you have printed your template you could use one of my painting techniques to decorate your card before making it into a box.

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gift box with necklace

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