The Perfect Gift: House Gift Box

December 12, 2012

By Amy Christie

I’m so pleased with this little project! I collaborated with Jordan of Polkadot Prints to design a darling house-shaped gift box that is as easy as pie to put together. You’ll want to make one for neighbors, postal workers, teachers — pretty much everyone you know!

Simply print off the free template, cut it out and double-side tape it together.

Fill it with a few small treats and your gift-giving list is done in a flash!


-Printable house template
-X-acto blade
-Double-sided tape
-Ruler & scoring tool

Print the house gift box template. Cut out the house and wreath.

If you prefer, use the X-acto knife to cut out the window panes. The box will still be perfectly cute if the panes aren’t cut. : )

With the ruler and scoring tool, score the house template on all the dotted lines.

Fold on the newly scored lines.

Add a piece of double-sided tape to the small tab.

Connect it with the other side of the house, as seen above.

Fold the bottom flaps in and use double-sided tape to hold it closed.

Add a piece of tape to the backside of the wreath and stick it in place.

Fill the box with a few small treats or a small gift. Add one more piece of tape to the top flaps and pinch the roof closed.

Give to all!



- Christmas party favors
- Teachers, delivery persons, newspaper delivery person, neighbors…the list goes on!
- Schoolmates! They are the perfect size for little hands.

P.S. — We love making gifts! You can find all the posts in this series here.

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{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tamsin December 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

I am dying! These are fantastic :)


2 amy c December 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I’m so glad you like them!


3 Jen | Family Sponge December 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

Those are adorable!!! I want to make them to play with myself! Kinda reminds me of Made by Joel crafts, but I like how this feels more personal and cozy. You totally inspired me today!


4 amy c December 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Thank you! I’ll admit I wanted to play with them too. :)


5 Allison Baker December 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

What a GREAT idea!


6 Martha December 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

PERFECT and totally in time for teacher gifts.


7 Mary December 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

awesome, making these for office goodies – pefect!! ;)


8 NancyY December 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

Oh, these are lovely, lovely, lovely. Thanks so much for the easy template!


9 Dianne December 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

How adorable! Thank you!


10 mary December 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Sweet! Thanks for sharing!!!


11 mary t December 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Totally clever. Mary t


12 fran December 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm

So cute! I need to remind myself to make these as an advent calender next year!


13 amy c December 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Great idea!! Might have to do that myself. :)


14 Miranda December 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

This couldn’t be more perfect timing. Milo’s last day of pre-school before Christmas is tomorrow and I’ve been stumped about little teacher gifts! I’m printing these right now, filling them with Lindt chocolates, and saying “Merry Christmas” Design-Mom-Style!



15 amy c December 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm



16 sarah k December 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Fabulous..printing this off for friends of my kiddos. How sweet!


17 Carrie R December 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm

These are truly lovely! I love the commenters advent calendar idea above.


18 Allison M December 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thank you for sharing this…so sweet!


19 Melissa December 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I saw this on Pinterest today – thanks so much for sharing – it’s precious!


20 amy c December 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Thank you thank you!


21 Shannon { A Mom's Year } December 14, 2012 at 7:27 am

I love this! I was just pondering what to bring to a Christmas party tonight–this is perfect. Thank you!


22 amy c December 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Great idea!


23 Allison December 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

So cute! And the perfect size for the milk man and the post woman!


24 amy c December 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Love that you have a milk man. :)


25 Sharon Foster December 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I am thrilled that my laser printer cold print on heavier card stock to make these boxes! I don’t have a scoring tool, but I have an old tool for transferring sewing patterns that worked like a charm. (A spiked wheel that you run along the paper.) I plan to bake biscotti this weekend and give them away in these boxes! I’d love to scale it larger and take it to the printer to make larger boxes too. Thank you for inspiring me.


26 amy c December 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I would love to see this larger as well. More room for treats!


27 Carolina December 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

Thank you very much for the easy template!


28 Bridget December 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I would love to use this free template, but when I click on the link it leads me to a black page?!? Can I access the template somewhere else? IT’s so cute, I’m desperate to use it. Please help. Thanks.


29 amy c December 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I did email you the template. I hope it worked for you!


30 Marit December 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

This is really great, thanks!


31 Steph December 17, 2012 at 7:04 am

Everytime I try to open the template it tells me the link is damaged :(


32 amy c December 17, 2012 at 8:13 am

I will send the template to you in the email address you entered for the comment. Hope that helps!!


33 erum November 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm

please can you send me template too i shall be very thankful


34 salem morin December 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I am also having trouble printing. I love this template and can’t wait to use it. But when I print, I only get the words at the top of the document. No house or wreath. :( Any help would be greatly appreciated…


35 amy c December 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I sent the template to you too Salem! I sent it to the email you entered. Hope it helps!


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37 Erin C December 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I can’t get the template to open or print either. :(
Is it possible to get it sent to my email?

I’ve been looking at this pin on my holiday board for days!! <3


38 Dionna Venus December 24, 2012 at 6:33 am

Twas a Success!!! Everyone loved the little gift box houses! Now making them for our Christmas dinner for the guest! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! And a BIG THANK YOU for helping put a sparkle in my Christmas spirit!


39 eva scott December 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

how adorable are these? thanks for the free printable!


40 rony z January 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I can’t get the template to open or print
Is it possible to get it sent to my email?


41 Aida January 18, 2013 at 7:38 am

I LOVE THEM!!! Thank you so much for sharing! :))


42 Tara S January 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm

LOVE this! The template is adorable. Thank you so much. I am going to use them as a craft for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. Instead of the wreath, I punched out a circle that says “Grace’s House”. I put one together on pink cardstock as a test to see if it would strike her interest. She loved it. She got her stickers and markers out right away and decorated it. Grace’s party is next weekend. I will take pictures!


43 amy c February 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

What a cute idea! I’d love to see pictures!


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45 Tristin March 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Printed these on pastel paper and used them as favor boxes at a birthday party! Way to cute! Thanks a Bunch


46 kim March 5, 2013 at 7:50 am

What a wonderful idea!!!! Thank you!


47 Elaine deshaies March 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this template, great gift box.


48 Elaine deshaies March 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Thank you for sharing the template, what a great gift box, so cute.


49 suman pandit March 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Hi, just happened to see this on Pinterest, loved it!! pl can u mail me the template, many thanks


50 Tina B March 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Adorable!!! Thanks so much…will make good use out of this!


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52 Nisha May 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Awww this is taking me back to my high school years when I used to borrow a lot of origami books from the library and create different boxes, pop-up greeting cards, etc. Have not done any of it in the last 10 years!

Your ‘house gift box’ is very creative :)


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What a fabulous and adorable little house…thank you so much for sharing and the free template…gorgeous.



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62 angela - mammaemamme October 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

so cute and easy.good idea for a little gift. thanks for sharing. I ll take note for a future post. and for sure I ll pin it.


63 Kathleen Ruelling October 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

Great idea! Thank you -
My daughters have a lot of non-Christians in their class at school, so these will fit the bill perfectly for a winter-themed gift (versus a Christmas present).
Can’t wait to start crafting them!


64 Fiona Ledger November 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Thank you very much. Just what I needed for the teachers at school


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66 Patrycja December 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

It’s great idea, but I had to print this in two pages, because it’s to small for my cookies :)


67 jenny wright December 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

thanks for this gorgeous printable. we made these and gifted to my son’s kindy class today. we filled with biscuits that we made.

I did a blog post and linked it back to your printable as the houses were a big hit!

you can view it here


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68 LRE December 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

So beautiful! Thanks you!


69 Marty December 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

love these little buildings and they do make a great gift box. Thank you so much for sharing.


70 Shawn Deignan February 19, 2014 at 8:09 am

I love your template! I am planning on making several hundred to give out as gifts to our volunteers and donors.


71 KittyGotClawz April 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I have to thank you so much!! Here recently, I’ve gotten into decorating gifts. Monsters was the first things I got into. They were awesome, but, my son had to go to a party for a boy turning 6. He got the boy a Hot Wheels set. At first I was just going to do a road with extra cars stuck to it like I’d seen on Pinterest. But, then I was browsing paper crafts and it dawned on me. I’ve used printable boxes for treats in the past. Why not see if there were some sort of little houses and that’s when I stumbled onto your blog. And the houses were the perfect size to put extra hot wheels into. The gift grew from there till there was even a firehouse! (Firehouse was actually one of your school boxes done in red!) it even had a fire truck inside. It turned out so awesome that the party place thought it was a decoration! The boy loved his gift. Thanks for making Hot Wheels turn into a special gift! :) The website is actually a link to a pic on my photobucket so you can see it if you’d like. The pic doesn’t do it justice, but, it’s adorable! Thank you so much for the printables!


72 ponga June 29, 2014 at 1:47 am

Thank you for your sharing !


73 Nefer July 20, 2014 at 2:13 am

This is lovely! Thank you very, very much for sharing this wonderful project!! :)


74 Sari September 8, 2014 at 3:24 am

I love thisss!!! when i made one i felt like a champion!hahah . Thanks a ton for sharing this. xoxo


75 Chris November 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm

What great little house boxes! Thank you so much for these wonderful boxes – the template and your pics will be placed in a very safe place so I can use them year after year!


76 shoq November 29, 2014 at 3:44 am

wooow i love it , these small houses are sooo cute ,, mmm i have a question is it made from A4 papers ???


77 Sasha December 18, 2014 at 12:49 am

Wonderful project! I made these little house boxes for my kids’ kindergartenmates and we brought them this morning. Without knowing what’s inside, the children were already happy to hold them in their hands. Their smiles were pure delight to me. This is indeed the perfect gift. Thank you very much for sharing! Joyeux Noël et bonnes fêtes de fin d’année !


78 Mamiko November 16, 2015 at 3:46 am

Thank you for sharing the template. You made a good tutorial. I love this.


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