Learn how to make these fun Hogwarts House Treat Boxes for Harry Potter fans! Free template and cut file to create favor boxes for all four houses including Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.
If you like paper crafting, you’ll love these Hogwarts house treat boxes! They are the perfect size for holding candy, sweets or a box of Bernie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. These treat boxes make great party favors and are a fun gift for Harry Potter fans.
The boxes are first made by folding paper, similar to making origami shirts, but eventually you will use a scissors and adhesive to create the box shape. After the box has been created it is time to decorate them to look like the wizard robes from Hogwarts.
The decorations for the boxes can be cut by hand or cut using a cutting machine as I did. I have created both a PDF pattern and SVG cut file you can download for free from my Resource Library. These boxes take some time to put together, but I love how they turned out. Create a box for all four houses or make a box to match whatever house a friend is in. These can even be used at Harry Potter-themed parties, especially if guests are sorted!
If you are looking for a quicker Harry Potter treat box, check out my free printable Harry Potter pillow boxes!
The treat boxes are based on the original school uniforms from the first movie. It’s really fun to look how the school uniforms evolved through the movies. If the production of the Harry Potter world is of interest to you, check out the book, Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey. It has so much information in it and hundred of pictures! I absolutely love this book and used it as inspiration while designing these treat boxes. :)
DIY Harry Potter Hogwarts House Treat Boxes
- 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of white paper – I used 110lb white card stock.
- Grey cardstock – for sweater
- Black cardstock – for robe
- House colors for sweater detail and tie. Check out my Paper Guide to Harry Potter House Colors (Scroll to supplies needed section of the Harry Potter Stocking Post) to help you select paper for each house.
- Gryffindor – scarlet and gold
- Ravenclaw – blue and bronze (or blue and silver if following the movie colors)
- Hufflepuff – yellow and black
- Slytherin – green and silver
- Adhesive: glue stick and double-sided tape. I used 1/4″ Scor-tape
- House crest badges – I Google-searched “Harry Potter house crest” and printed the images to be 3/4″ tall. You can also use stickers which will look fancier.
- Free SVG cut file and PDF pattern for house robe decorations – Link located at the end of this post.
- Candy to fill the boxes!
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Create the house robes for the front of the treat boxes.
Before you assemble the origami shirt box, prepare the house robe decorations! You can use the PDF pattern and cut your own paper pieces or use the SVG cut file with a cutting machine. Make sure you decide which house robes you want to make first so you know what colors to use for the sweater and tie details.
Once all of the pieces are cut, assemble them using a glue stick. I glued the tie pieces together then set them aside. The two black triangle pieces are for the sleeves. The rest of the pieces make the main sweater. Start with the large grey sweater piece and add the sweater details on top. I gave the ribbing of the sweater a fun look by scoring it every 1/8″ using a scoring board. Glue the black robe pieces to the very top and then add the house crests.
Step Two: Fold the shirt box.
Start with a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock.
Fold it in half lengthwise; then open it back up and fold the left and right sides into the middle.
Turn over to the back (side that doesn’t open up) and score 1″ from the top.
Score at 3 5/8″ and 5 1/4″ from the bottom.
Fold the top down along the 1″ score line towards the back.
Turn to the front side. Create the sleeves of the robe by scoring lines from the center of the bottom score line out to each corner as shown below. Fold along those lines.
Glue the two black triangles to the sleeve flaps, lining the right corners up first. Fill in any gaps along the diagonal line with black Sharpie or marker.
Cut along the bottom score lines from the center to the folded edge – just cutting through the top layer of paper.
Create four small tabs by marking 3/8″ from each end. Score and fold the flaps.
Create the collar next by marking 1 1/4″ down from the top along the center line on. Fold both of the top corners to this line.
Glue bottom sleeve flaps down and the two flaps on top down.
Step Three: Apply the house robe decorations.
Before finishing the assembly of the box, this is a good time to apply the house robe decorations to the shirt front side of the box. You can tell where the front of the box is by looking for the black sleeves. Start by gluing the school tie down.
Then adhere the house robe – I chose to use Scor-tape since it is incredibly strong as well as thin.
If there is a gap of white showing at the bottom of the sweater, go ahead and fill it in with black Sharpie or marker. Some of my boxes had a gap and some didn’t, so I think it depends on your folding. You can go over the sides of the robe in black as well.
After the decorations have been applied, attach the bottom tabs to the back of the side you just decorated. I used Scor-tape again for this step.
Glue the top tabs to the back of the shirt.
The collar keeps the front of the shirt closed. Just pull back on the collar to slip the front of the shirt under the collar points and the shirt box is finished!
These would make fun party favors filled with Harry Potter-themed sweets and treats, great gift card holders, or just a fun gift to give another HP fan :)
Below are the free files, available as a PDF and an SVG cut file. I’ll be back later this week with another fun Harry Potter-themed DIY! Don’t forget to visit Rae Gun Ramblings to catch all of the other fun Harry Potter projects from around the blogosphere AND to enter into the Harry Potter raffle!
How to Download the Free Files
Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library. The PDF is under Paper Patterns, Treat Boxes. You’ll find the SVG cut file under SVG Cut Files, Paper Treat Boxes. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!