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Valentine’s Day Gift Box – Free PDF Pattern

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Create sweet Valentine’s Day gift boxes with decorative scrapbook paper and this free PDF pattern. 

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Three valentine day gift boxes hold candy hearts.

Hello! Today I’m sharing these fun Valentine’s Day gift boxes along with a free PDF pattern. These small treat boxes make the cutest gifts. They can be filled with sweets, candies and other cute little treats. 

Create these boxes with colored cardstock or decorative scrapbook paper. For my boxes I used paper from the DCWV paper stack “Sweet n’ Sassy”. Most paper stacks come with a few pages of decorative journaling pages which are perfect for using with these boxes. Decorative tags can be placed in the cutout section of the box lid. You can also use clear craft plastic and give a fun peek inside!

A cute square treat box made from decorative paper filled with candy hearts.

The paper stack I was using came with tags that read “love you most” and “I love you”. I used these along with coordinating paper for the lid and base of the boxes. 

Below is the tutorial to create your own. You’ll find the free PDF pattern in my Resource Library under Valentine’s Day.

Square paper boxes for Valentine's Day filled with candy hearts.

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Box

Supplies Needed

  • Solid cardstock or decorative scrapbook paper between 65lb-80lb is best. I used paper from the DCWV paperstack “Sweet & Sassy”. 
  • Clear craft plastic or decorative paper to back the cover of the lid
  • Scor-Tape, tape runner, or another adhesive
  • Paper Trimmer and/or scissors
  • Scoring Board
  • Free PDF pattern – Directions for downloading are at the end of this post.

Supplies including paper trimmer, paper, scoring board, template, double-sided tape and a cutting mat.

Step by Step Tutorial

Step One: Download and print the free PDF pattern. Be sure to print at 100% for the boxes to be about 3″ x 3″.

Template lays next to a paper trimmer.

Step Two: Use the pattern to cut out the box pieces from your decorative paper. The paper for the boxes should be sturdy (65lb – 110lb). The paper found in the DCWV paper stacks works well as it is usually nice and thick. Bazzill cardstock is a great solid colored paper. 

Be sure to cut out the small backing piece that goes behind the cover. This can be made from scrapbook paper or clear craft plastic. For a few of these boxes I used the decorative journaling tags that came in the paper stack to place behind the cover cutout.

Use a sharp paper scissors or X-Acto knife to cut the four tabs (the white lines).

Paper templates are laid over the decorative paper they will be cut from.

Step Three: Score the box pieces following the pink lines on the pattern. For the bottom of the box (the larger piece), you’ll be scoring 1.25″ in from each side. For the lid piece, place the piece of paper slightly in from the edge of the score board and score at 3/4″ in from each side.

Top piece of treat box is scored on a scoring board with a stylus.

Step Four: Use an X-Acto knife to carefully cut out the opening in the cover. Lay the pattern directly on top of the paper and cut through both layers. If you prefer to cut through one layer, cut out the insert on the pattern first. You can use a ruler to help guide your knife on straight edges. You can cut out a the heart shape or cut out the entire square opening.

A craft knife cuts along a ruler to cut out the inside square of the box cover.

The negative space around a heart is cut from the box cover following the template.

A box cover with the entire square opening cut from it.

Step Five: Fold along the scored lines.

Two box covers and two box bases are folded along their score lines.

Step Six: Use Scor-Tape, or another strong adhesive, to adhere the small paper square to the inside of the cover. I used 1/8″ Scor-Tape.


Double-sided tape lines the edges of a square of clear craft plastic.

Step Seven: Add adhesive to the tabs of each part of the box. I used a combination of 1/2″ Scor-Tape.

Double-sided adhesive is applied to the tabs of the box cover and base.

The boxes are finished! Yay!

Square paper treat boxes for Valentine's Day.

Fill them with Valentine’s Day candy, cookies or any small treat or gift! If the treats are not wrapped you can place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the box or wrap them in food safe paper. If using these boxes for a small gift, try wrapping the gifts in colorful tissue paper and use clear craft plastic so the tissue paper shows through the box lid.

Square paper boxes for Valentine's Day filled with candy hearts.Below you can see some of the boxes I made using the DCVW paper stack “Posh & Pink”.

Square paper boxes that say I love you and You are Loved.

Three square paper treat boxes sit on a wooden palette with heart confetti around them.

If you’d like to make these boxes using your cutting machine, check out my Valentine’s Day Treat Box SVG Cut Files!

Red paper valentine boxes with cutout designs in the top are filled with red and gold candy kisses.

Looking for more fun Valentine’s Day craft projects? Check out my  Valentine’s Day treat boxes and crafts :) 

Free Download

How to Download the Free Valentine Box Files

Download the Free File! This file is FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. You’ll find this file in my Resource Library under Valentine’s Day or Paper Patterns, 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!Happy Crafting! -Kim

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