We've pretty well established that we're like a two-headed Buddy the Elf when it comes to the holidays. Treats! Sparkles! Matching PJ sets, if you're lucky. For maximalists like us, its our time to shine, and we mean that quite literally because everything's got glitter on it right now, and we're going to take advantage because it's one of the only times no one's going to call you tacky.
We love creating printables for y'all this time of year for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one has to be our our love for handmade gifts. The older you get, the trickier gift buying can be. If you're short on time this year, making your own gift packaging is one of the easiest ways to add a handmade touch.
This year, we've got a set of pretty pastel gift tags and printable gift boxes inspired by our 2016 holiday collection in the shop. They look impressive, but trust us, they're super easy to make! These tiny boxes are perfect for stocking stuffers, candies, and/or photos of gifts you bought online and haven't gotten in the mail yet. We're planning to use these for jewelry and tiny bottles of cocktail bitters. We can't wait to hear how you all use them! Let us know in the comments.
- Our printable PDF
- Tape (we used brightly color washi tape, but anything will do!)
- Hole punch
- Ribbon or string
- Download our holiday printables PDF. You can open this in whatever program is most comfortable for you.
- For the tags: Simply print on cardstock and cut out! If you have a large hole punch, now's the time to break it out. If not, scissors will do the trick. To attach to a package, punch a hole in the top and use you favorite ribbon or string to tie a loop.
- For the boxes: Print the these pages double-sideded (so the template appears on the back of the sheet with the pattern). If your printer doesn't print double-sided, you can either take the file to a local printshop (like Staples or FedEx) or you can manually feed the paper back in to print the back side. Experiment first on cheap paper to find out how your printer feeds if you don't know already.
- Cut the box out along the solid pink line.
- Score along the dotted pink line. If you have a scoring tool, use that! If not, our DIY recommendation is as follows: place box on something soft (like a magazine or newspaper), line up a ruler with the dotted lines, then trace along the line with a butter knife.
- Fold in the flaps and secure with tape.
- Bonus round: bigger boxes! On 8.5" x 11" paper (which is the biggest size for most home printers), these boxes will fold up to about 2.25" cubes. If you'd like a larger box, take this PDF to a printshop and ask them to print on 11" x 17" cardstock.
- Pack with gifts and pat yourself on the back for a wrapping job well done!
Low on ink colors in your printer? Check out our black-and-white gift tags from 2015 here and our black-and-white gift tags and wrapping paper from 2014 here.
Photos by © Katie Currid. Design and text by © Theresa Berens. All rights reserved.