Create these fun DIY Harry Potter Treat Boxes! Perfect for party favors and small gift boxes. Free template and cut file available to create a box for each of the four Hogwart’s houses!
Treat boxes + Harry Potter! Yes please? If you like paper crafting, you’ll love these DIY Harry Potter House Treat Boxes! The pattern is similar to an origami shirt but made to hold treats! They are the perfect size for holding Bernie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans or any other candy you may have picked up at Honeydukes! These make great party favors and are the perfect little gift for Harry Potter fans.
This project was a lot of fun to create! I created the SVG cut file to use with my Cricut Explore, which definitely helped cut out all of the small pieces needed to turn each box into a different Hogwarts’ House. You can download the FREE cut file at the end of the post. If you don’t have a cutting machine, don’t worry! You can still create these using the PDF pattern also provided! These boxes do take some time to put together, so if you love paper, check out the tutorial below! If you’re looking for a quicker Harry Potter treat box, check out my Harry Potter pillow boxes!
I chose to base these treat boxes on the original school uniforms from the first movie. It’s really fun to look at how the school uniforms changed as the movies went on. 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 :)
Enough chit-chat! On to the project!! Below is the tutorial for creating your own DIY Harry Potter House Treat Boxes! You’ll find the free SVG cut file and PDF patterns at the end of this post :)
DIY Harry Potter Treat Boxes
- 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of white paper – I use 110lb white card stock.
- Grey paper – for sweater
- Black paper – for robe
- House colors for sweater detail and tie
- Gryffindor – scarlet and gold
- Ravenclaw – blue and bronze
- Hufflepuff – yellow and black
- Slytherin – green and silver
- Glue stick
- Scor-Pal Tape – I just discovered Scor-Pal Tape and love it!! It is stronger than a tape runner or glue stick, making it perfect for treat boxes!
- House crest badges – I Google-searched “Harry Potter house crest” and printed the images to be 3/4″ tall.
- Free SVG cut file and PDF pattern for house robe decorations – Links located at the end of this post.
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″. 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 Potterhead :)
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!
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!