In this post we will learn how to draw a gift box - it's a super easy tutorial for kids and adults!

How to draw a gift box

In this post, I’m going to teach you how to draw a gift box, step by step.

Don’t worry.

It’s super easy to draw, and you can draw it in less than 10 minutes if you follow this post step by step.

You can check out all my other kawaii and cute drawing tutorials here.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a kid or an adult, I will break down how to draw a gift box with a pretty bow using basic shapes, and I’ll even show you how to color it easily, so you get something like this:

Color the bow of the gift box and you'll have finished drawing a beautiful gift box.

You can use this tutorial to draw a birthday present or a Christmas gift!

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Please note that I usually use an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to create all my illustrations. I use the Procreate app, and I find it super easy to use. You can see this course if you want to learn how to use Procreate.

But you can use any tool – pencils and paper or Copic markers or Photoshop because the drawing method remains the same.

Let’s dive in!

How to draw a simple Gift Box – Easy Step by step Tutorial

We will break it down into simple shapes so you can draw the gift box easily, okay?

I’m going to start with the main box first.

Let’s draw a simple V shape first. Make sure that the top part of the “V” is aligned in a straight line like this:

First draw a v shape

Now, from the center of the “V” shape, draw a vertical line upwards.

Draw a vertical line from the center

Easy, isn’t it?

Please note that I am drawing this gift box in a cartoon style.

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Next, draw another “V” shape at the top of the line very similar to what we drew before.

Make sure that the end points align with the previous “V” shape we drew, like this:

Repeat the v shape at the top of the line

Now, simply connect both the ends of the V shapes together so you get this:

Connect the lines

We need to keep in mind that the lid of the gift box is slightly bigger than the gift, so we are going to extend the top V shape just by a little bit like this:

Extend the top lines by a smapp amount

Now, simply draw upward lines from each point on the top and draw another V – this will become the lid of the box.

Draw the sides of the lid of the gift box

We’re nearly done with drawing the gift box.

Just draw an upside-down “V” on the top and complete the gift box.

Draw the lid of the gift box

We’ve finished drawing the box.

Now, we need to add the ribbon and bow to the box to make it look like a gift.

On both sides of the box, just draw 2 parallel lines right in the middle of each face of the box like this:

Draw the ribbon on the sides of the box

This part is super easy!

Now, draw the bow right on the top of the gift box.

Draw the bow on top of the gift box

This bow looks great, but to add more texture we need to draw the inner edges of the bow so we’ll add 2 curves like this:

Draw the insides of the bow

And in order to complete the bow, we need to draw two ribbon extensions like this.

Draw the rest of the ribbon on top of the box.

Just complete the ribbon on the top by extending the lines and we should get something like this:

Draw the ribbon extensions from the bow

I’m going to clean the lines up a bit so we get a good drawing of a gift box.

How to color a gift box easily

And then I will proceed to color it. You can use any color but I’m going to use pink because I love pink. I want to make the gift look real so I will draw one side with light pink and the other side with dark pink.

This is because the light is hitting the box from the left side.

Color the sides of the gift box

I’m going to repeat the same strategy with the lid.

You can use the same color or a different color!

I want to use purple. On the left side, I’ll use light purple and on the right side, I’ll use a darker shade of purple.

Color the sides of the lid of the gift box

Now, because the light is mostly on the top, the top of the gift box can be the lightest shade of purple.

Color the top of the gift box.

I’m quite happy with how this looks.

Now, I’ll add a nice light lilac bow. So, I’ll color the ribbon with a light shade of lilac. Remember to color the insides of the bow a darker shade of lilac so it looks real.

Color the bow of the gift box and you'll have finished drawing a beautiful gift box.
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Wasn’t that fun?

We just finished drawing and coloring a gift box!

Conclusion of how to draw a gift box+ Drawing Resources

I hope this tutorial was really helpful to you and you were able to learn how to draw a simple gift box.

Keep drawing objects till you get the hang of it.

Drawing things in a cute cartoon style is easy once you break them down into simple shapes, as you can see from this post.

If you’re interested in drawing more cute things, take a look at this book, please!

If you want to see more tutorials on drawing kawaii animals and kawaii things, please leave a comment below on what you’d like to see next!

I will be adding more kawaii drawing tutorials (animals, plants, and more) to this blog, so keep a lookout!

In the meantime, check out these really nice books that teach you how to draw cute stuff!

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