goody boxes!A major question every hostess has, is what about the goody bags. You have to choose gifts/snacks. You have pack them well. If you have a theme, the gift needs to match the theme. And most of all, people need to like it! This can get complicated easily. So, here are our 6 rules for making great goody bags and a simple design to make them!

  1. Keep a budget in mind: It’s easy to think of a gift as inexpensive when you’re buying only one of it. Multiply that amount by your number of guests, and suddenly you’re way over the limit.
  2. Keep it uniform: Its plain rude to not have enough or varying gifts for all your guests.
  3. Keep it universally appealing: Even if the gift is simple, it should be something that appeals to a bulk of your guests and not just a segment.
  4. Keep the theme in mind: Some of the most interesting gifts create memories of a good event. If you’re having a Lord of the Rings Party, give gifts related to that and your guests are bound to like it.
  5. Keep it portable: It’s important to remember, that after taking their gift, the guest is going home. Giving a bulky gift in such a situation, is unnecessarily annoying.
  6. Keep it attractive: It’s all in the packaging! If your gift wrap is attractive, its naturally more appealing to your guest.

With this last point in mind, we made a simple goody box design. Here’s what we did:

boxes front shot

Budget: Low

Time taken: 10 minutes/box + what time it takes to decorate


  • Slightly thick paper
  • Glue
  • Embellishments (we used quilling strips, cellophane sheets and ribbon)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

materials used to make goody boxes


  1. Draw out the design on the paper. Here is the template we used. An alternate is to simply print this template on coloured paper, but the size would be a little smaller.
  2. Carefully cut the design and crease the lines.

steps 1 and 2 for goody box3. Flip the sheet and paste the embellishments. If you would like to add a window (blue one in the images), cut a rectangle on the largest rectangles.

4. Cut a small line on the long rectangle, which forms the front of the box. This is where the flap from the opposite side will go in.

step 3 of goody boxes

5. Fold in the flaps and use them paste the edges.

step 4 of making goody boxesThings to keep in mind:

  1. Crease the lines correctly and well.
  2. Fold in the box and measure where the line for the flap is to be cut.
  3. All the small flaps are used to stick the edges.
  4. To make a window in the box, cut a small rectangle on one side before any of the edges have been pasted. But, measure it out first, so that it doesn’t cover the flap of the box.

fancy box design

goody box designs

Can you think of any other rules for great goody bags? Let us know in the comments below!