15 DIY Paper Craft Gifts to Start Today

15 DIY Paper Craft Gifts to Start Today

Make something fun for everyone on your holiday gift list with these 15 DIY paper craft gifts ideas!

Time to Start on DIY Paper Craft Gifts

The time for gift giving will soon be here. Since the best gifts are always handmade, this, my paper crafting friends, is your season to shine!

If you haven’t started your DIY paper craft gifts yet, you’ll want to soon. By getting your gifts made early, you’ll have plenty of free time to relax and enjoy the other wonderful parts of the holiday season.

Need a few ideas to get you started? It just so happens I’ve been collecting awesome ideas for paper craft gifts from around the web for months now! Here are some of my favorites. Have a peek at these to see which ones get the creative gears in your head and hands moving today.

15 DIY Paper Craft Gift Ideas to Start Today

1. Matchbook Desk Organizers

Matchbook Desk Organizers - Paper Gifts

Heather of DollarStoreMom.com created a super cute set of printables you can download to make these fun but functional matchbook desk organizers. What a great themed gift for the student in your life, or anyone else who needs help getting their desktop organized in a fun way!

2. Photo Keychain Dangles

Photo Keychain Dangles - Paper Gifts

These precious photo keychain dangles will be a big hit with the parents and grandparents on your gift list! Get directions from Sherelle at My Life as a Farmer’s Wife to start making these easy and affordable paper craft gifts today. Although the hang tags she used for the dangle bases are no longer available to purchase (as far as I can find), you can easily make your own by adding metal eyelets to chipboard pieces.

3. Paper Bead Bracelet

Paper Bead Bracelet - Paper Gifts

Recycle the glossy ad circulars and magazines that fill your box this time of year into a gorgeous paper bead bracelet. All you need is a little elastic cord (available from most craft stores) plus Mod Podge or clear nail polish! Learn how in this helpful tutorial at Instructables.

4. One-Sheet Treat Basket

One Sheet Treat Basket - Paper Gifts

Home baked goodies are perfect for gifting to neighbors, teachers, and friends. Take your home made treats to a new level with a handmade treat basket like this one by Kristen at Downhome Inspiration. You only need a single sheet of festive 12×12 paper and a bit of ribbon to make each one!

5. Bugs in a Box Magnet Set

Bugs in a Box Magnet Set - Paper Gifts

I don’t know about your kids, but mine always loved to play with magnets and bugs when they were little. So how much fun do you think little ones would have with paper craft gifts like these these clever bugs in a box magnet sets by Lisa of Making Life Blissful? The clear glass stones she used are often available at the dollar store, or in the floral department of most craft stores, and you can usually find tins of Altoids near the checkout stand of your local grocery store.

6. Decorated Wooden Tote


Transform a simple wooden tote into a themed gift basket like this one from Better Homes & Gardens with a little patterned paper and some Mod Podge. To find a wooden tote that you like, try searching “wood caddy with handle” in Google, or visit the wood craft area of your local craft store. What you put inside will depend on the recipient, but here are some fun themes your loved ones might enjoy:

  • Picnic for Two – Plastic plates and cups, cloth napkins, a picnic blanket, a citron candle to keep the bugs away, etc.
  • Movie Night – A fun DVD or Blueray disc or two plus microwave popcorn and various king size packages of candy
  • Family Game Night – A selection of puzzles, small board games, and card sets
  • Arts & Crafts – Age-appropriate art supplies for little ones such as crayons, safety scissors, construction paper, craft foam, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, googly eyes, and glue
  • Sports Fan – Team-specific memorabilia like t-shirts and caps coupled with various munchies to enjoy while watching the big game
  • Spa – Scented candles, bath salts, lotions, mani-pedi tools, loofah, CD of relaxing music
  • Pets – Toys and treats for the beloved fur baby
  • Scrapbooking – Scrapbook album and page protectors plus papers, adhesive, archival ink pens, corner rounder, paper trimmer, and fun decorative elements (you could even make some!)
  • Reading – A variety of books and magazines to keep them busy for the Winter
  • Survival – Items a young adult might need when first moving out on their own, like basic spices, a can opener, measuring cups, household cleaners, toilet paper, and more
  • Favorite Recipe – All of the dry ingredients (pasta, rice, seasonings, bottled oil, etc.) to make your favorite recipe, plus a handwritten recipe card

7. Handmade Stationery Box Set

Handmade Stationery Box Set - Paper Gifts

The art of letter writing isn’t dead — it just needs a little encouragement. A beautiful handmade stationery box set like the one shown here by Oh So Beautiful Paper would certainly encourage someone to keep in touch! Start with a wooden sketch box (usually available at art supply stores), and then fill it with handmade cards, stamped envelopes, washi tape, a nice pen, and of course some postage stamps. You can even decorate the box!

8. Altered Clipboard

Altered Clipboard - Paper Gifts


Tranform an inexpensive clipboard into a personalized tool for the coach, teacher, mom, office manager, or planner on your gift list. There’s an easy-to-follow tutorial by paper craft diva Beate Johns over at Splitcoast Stampers. Although she used paint and stamps to create the one shown above, you could also cover yours with just a mix of coordinated patterned papers. Don’t forget to seal them with Mod Podge!

9. Desktop Cube Calendar

Desktop Cube Calendar - Paper Gifts

Stamps, papers, and a few die cuts combine to make this playful desktop cube calendar by Waffle Flower Paper Crafts. Bonus: your loved one will think of you every time they turn the calendar!

10. Secret Jewelry Box

Secret Jewelry Box - Paper Gifts

This gorgeous secret jewelry box by the folks at FabArt DIY is both fun and functional!  The base is cardboard, and the rest is just pretty paper and embellishments.

NOTE: The original tutorial to make this box, including measurements, can be found at Splitcoaststampers.

11. Football Party Set

Football Party Set - Paper Gifts

How much fun would this game day party set be for the football fan on your gift list? Customize the elements in their team colors, and include flatware, napkins, and some munchies they can use in the football-shaped munchie container. You can get the SVG template to make this with your electric cutting machine over at SVG Cuts.

12. Coiled Recycled Magazine Page Bowl

Coiled Recycled Magazine Page Bowl - Paper Gifts

This beautiful bowl may be the queen of paper craft gifts! It takes time and patience to make, but the results are stunning! Also, no two will be the same, so if you’ve got lots of old magazines laying around, you can make multiples. Get directions and tips from crafter Johnnie Collier at Saved By Love Creations for making this stunner.

13. Mod Podge Photo Tiles

Mod Podge Photo Tiles - Paper Gifts

These photo tiles by Tracie of Cleverly Inspired are practical for gifting photos, as they can be used as hot pads in the kitchen or as drink coasters throughout the home. Find inexpensive ceramic tile bases at Home Depot, Lowes, or other similar home hardware stores. If you don’t want to gift photos, you could also do these up in a combination of patterned papers and stamped images.

14. Weekly Goal Chart

Weekly Goal Chart - Paper Gifts

Help a student, teacher, or a busy working or homeschooling parent stay on track with this fabulous weekly goal chart by Sam Donald at Pootles. Goal management never looked so lovely!

15. Ice Cream Sundae in a Box

Ice Cream Sundae in a Box - Paper Craft Gifts

Paper, stamps, ribbon, and a few other goodies that you can pick up at the dollar store are all that’s required to make this ice cream sundae in a box. What a fabulous family to family gift idea by Kaitlyn of Craft with Kaitlyn!

Want More Inspiration?

For more fun paper craft gifts ideas, check out the Paper Craft Gifts board that I’ve created for you at Pinterest!

Paper Craft Gifts Board at Pinterest

Share Your Thoughts

Which of these paper craft gifts will you make to give this year? What other fun paper craft gifts are you working on or planning to make? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

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Article written by Deedee Anderson

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