Free Printable Paper Craft Patterns and Templates

For quite some time now I have noticed tons of free printables out there on the internet. Any time I have ever needed a pattern or template I just go to google search. I've always found exactly what I needed at the time. Since it has been such a help to me, I wanted to put together a list of links that hopefully might help someone else out there searching for a specific pattern or template. These are several different types of free printable templates and patterns covering different craft projects that you may be working on or might enjoy doing. When gathering these patterns and templates, I kept thinking about how they can be customized according to different holidays. I kept thinking in particular about the matchbook notepads/notebook templates and how they could be used as party or wedding favors, stocking stuffers and stuff like that. There are lots of great links below.. I hope you enjoy!


matchbook notebook tutorial plus template at Pumpkin Petunia
matchbook notebook tutorial plus template at Pumpkin Petunia

Matchbook Notepads

Did you think matchbooks were a thing of the past? I did until I ran across these cute little matchbook notebooks at Pumpkin Petunia. There you will the tutorial complete with template to make these darling matchbooks with a notepad inside. I had no idea how popular these were.. they are apparently selling on Etsy.



tiny cube templates at Mirkwood Designs
tiny cube templates at Mirkwood Designs

Small Cubes

One of the best places on the net to get free printable templates is MirkWood Designs. Here you will find all kinds of different printable templates like cards, small boxes,envelopes, pillow boxes,heart pockets, CD labels, take out containers and many, many more! How do you like the tiny cubes pictured to the right? Wouldn't these be cute decorated up for Valentine's Day with some goodies inside- given as little Valentine's Day gifts to your friends?

This is one of the best sites for free printable templates I have found so far. Go have a look at her selection of free printable templates. You won't be disappointed!

DIY Valentine Gift Box Printable Template at Free Paper Craft Templates
DIY Valentine Gift Box Printable Template at Free Paper Craft Templates

Valentine's Day Gift Box

Look at this lovely DIY Valentine's Day gift box. You can get the free template and instructions at Free Paper Craft Templates. This is another awesome site with lots of different free craft templates. Be sure to check it out.. you don't want to miss anything, do you?

free printable party hats
free printable party hats

Party Hats

How would you like to make your own party hats? You can! Get printable party hat templates at diyfashion.about.com There are many of them to choose from.. get a hat for any party!

Note: Make sure to use a heavier paper or cardstock when making these party hats.

Make a 3D Five Point Star
Make a 3D Five Point Star

5 Point Star

Make this gorgeous 5 point star with the instructions and template at Rubberstamping.About.Com. This is one of those projects that will work best made with a heavy card stock.

jigsaw puzzle template at DLTK's
jigsaw puzzle template at DLTK's

Jigsaw Puzzle

I found this jigsaw puzzle template at DLTK's. This is could be a neat project for kids. They can take their own work of art, coloring sheet or even a photo and make it into a puzzle using this template. The template can be used over and over or you can print a new one.

french fry box template
french fry box template

French Fry Favor Box

Look at this cute favor box I found at Creating Keepsakes! Whoever thought to use a french fry box this way? I am picturing some cellophane wrap and a gift bow :0)

If you are interested in getting the free template for this fabulous french fry box, you can find it at Creating Keepsakes along with other cool free stuff including free font friday.

free wordbook template
free wordbook template

Wordbook for Mom

Another great free printable template from miniatures.about.com. Go here to see the instructions and get the template for this layered word book for mom.

free printable cross templates at freeapplique.com
free printable cross templates at freeapplique.com

Cross Shapes

A while back I was looking for some printable cross templates and ran across freeapplique.com. She doesn't just have crosses. There is all sorts of different printable shapes that can be used as applique patterns, use for paper crafts, jewelry making or anything really- if she has the shape template it's free for you to print and use.

I really appreciate this site and I think you will too!

free tear drop shapes at scrapbookscrapbook.com
free tear drop shapes at scrapbookscrapbook.com

More Shapes

Since we are talking about printable patterns and templates for shapes. One of the best free printable sites I have found so far is scrapbookscrapbook.com. This is just an awesome site that has tons of free printable stuff for scrap booking. You could use these shapes not only for scrap booking but for any project that you might need shapes for. There is a huge selection of free scrapbook printables on this site but you can use it for tons of other projects, too! This is one of the best sites out there. Click on the link above to go see the selection of free shapes.

printable box template at Paper Crave
printable box template at Paper Crave

Halloween Treat Box

Another awesome site out there and one of my favorites is called Paper Crave. She doesn't have quite as many free printable templates as Mirkwood but she has the one to the right plus other kinds of printables. The thing I really love about her site is just the sheer cuteness of everything! At times when I need some inspiration, her site is the first place I go. I just love it.

Check out the cute Halloween box from Paper Crave to the right. Of course, you don't have to use this box just for Halloween. You can adapt it to use for anything you would like. Click here for the template!



Just a few tips--

  • Keep in mind that sometimes it will be better to use a heavier card stock, depending on what you are making. When making the party hats, small boxes and things like that you will want to use a thicker paper or card stock-something that is sturdy and that will hold up.
  • If you want your finished products to stand the test of time, it's a good idea to seal your work with something like Mod Podge.
  • The possibilities here are endless- don't limit the patterns and shapes to just one project. They can be used in tons of different ways. For example, the treat box pictured above at Paper Crave is for Halloween but you can use the template to make a box for Valentine's Day plus add some heart shapes from scrapbookingscrapbooking.com and fill it with candies! Or you may decide to use the french fry box and fill it with Christmas treats next year- you get the picture!
  • Most of all, make sure to have FUN!!


I have shared with you lots of great sites where you can get free printable templates and patterns for things. Please be sure to check out what else is contained in these sites.. you may miss out on some great free printables! It's awesome to have people out there who share such great stuff. I really do hope you have found these links useful and have been inspired with all the free goodies.

Happy Crafting!

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Jackie, I bet if you go to Google and type in "free bat wing template" a few will come up for you... hope this helps!


Jackie 4 years ago

do you have any craft shapes like bats,witches,ghosts or any other Halloween shapes My two grandsons are over and want to make bats to hang up for Halloween were using toilet tissue roll , black paper, little eyes, but can't find a pattern for the wings any suggestions.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

SantaCruz, Thank you for leaving a comment. What a great idea about the jigsaw puzzle! Kids would Looooove that... My son will be 4 in a week.. I bet he would love to get a "puzzle" card for his birthday. I could make the card on just one sheet of card stock and then cut up the pieces and then he can put it together to read the birthday message. Such a cute idea, thanks!


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SantaCruz 4 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

I love your jigsaw puzzle idea! You could also use the template to write your kid a secret message :-).


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Fanny!


Fanny 4 years ago

Terrific list. I was just at a papercrafting store and saw such cute things. Glad to know I can find patterns


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

MidwestJerseyGirl: Thank you for commenting.... I really appreciate it :0) I love that french fry box too.. so cute and easy to do!


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MidwestJerseyGirl 5 years ago from Western Suburbs of Chicago

Was looking for a cool way to package some homemade soap and came across your French Fry box idea that you shared. Way cool. Thanks for posting. Great Hub!


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

lpanfil: Thanks for stopping by!


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lpanfil 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

Love the french fry box. I think I will give that a test drive tomorrow!


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Kalux: I love those stars.. aren't they neat! Thanks for reading :)


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Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

I'm going to try to make the star! :)


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Poppie! I really appreciate that :)


poppie 5 years ago

great hubpage. love it. Very useful ideas Ive bookmarked this page and will tell others.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

RTalloni, Thanks for the vote! So glad you have found these useful. There are so many neat things out there for free. The internet still amazes me... Take :)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Love papercrafting! Another great hub with resources--thanks much! This will be handy. Voted up and bookmarked.


fashion 5 years ago

Nice hub.You did very useful work by posting Free Printable Patterns and Templates.


Treva Hammond 5 years ago

Awesome !!!! Thanks for sharing! There are also a lot of free patterns for crochet and knit @ Lion Brand.


Gagan Arora 5 years ago

nice Free Printable Patterns and Templates. thanks for sharing


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by AtomicLuLu... I agree.. love the french fry box!


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