Free Printable Chinese Take Out Boxes – Year of the Ox!

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These printable Chinese Take Out Boxes are great for filling with a fortune cookie or candy as a cute party favor. I’ve updated these Chinese New Year Printables for 2021 and the Year of the Ox.

Chinese New Year 2021 is the Year of the OX and falls on February 12th. I have shared lots of Chinese New Year printables over the years, and I like to update them so that they reflect the correct Chinese Zodiac signs.

Free Printable Take Out Boxes for Chinese New Year

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Printable Chinese Take Out Boxes

The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal. – Chinese Zodiac

Your Chinese Zodiac is Ox if you are born in one of these years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1962, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.

I first made these printable take out boxes in 2017 for the Year of the Rooster and I really loved how they turned out! I had been wanting to create them for a long time, and was so happy when I finally did! I hope you love them!

Since they were first made in 2017 the photos in this post are of the Rooster, but rest assured the printables are of the little golden ox you see to the left! 

I love the American style, Chinese take-out boxes – they’re so much more fun than the silver foil and plastic ones we have here in the UK!

Now, these can’t be used for food like chow mein or fried rice. But they make great containers for treats to give out as party favors.

Why not place a fortune cookie inside or some wrapped sweets/candy? You could also add some red tissue paper to pad out the boxes.

Printable Take Out Boxes Template

We love to celebrate Chinese New Year in our household, I remember as a child going to Chinatown in London with my family and seeing the Lion Dance which always had me in complete awe, and we’d always enjoy some Chinese food too.

My dad was really into Kung Fu in his younger days, so maybe that’s where it all stemmed from! You can read more about Chinese New Year on my blog here.


Take Out Box Size Info

  • You will find the download links further down this page surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
  • I’ve provided the usual two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – use the size that is appropriate for your printer.
  • I also have a printable for A3 sheets of paper. I know this is a more specialised type of printer for this size, but they are available.
  • The A4 and US Letter (8.5 x 11″) printables makes 5cm/2″ (approx) boxes; the A3 printable makes 7cm/2.75″ (approx) boxes.

I’ve taken a look at Amazon and found a wide/A3/13″ Epson printer which doesn’t break the bank too much but is still an investment piece of equipment.

If you do decide to buy a new printer, make sure you read through the complete specs to see the paper sizes, ink prices, etc.

You can always get the larger A3 size printed at a print shop online or instore.

I will be updating all of my free printables for the Chinese New Year. Make sure you are a member of The Pumpkin Patch so that you don’t miss out!

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How To Make Take Out Boxes

  • Grab the free printable templates to make these awesome take out boxes using the instructions in the tutorial card below
  • There are three designs in each colour background, and one each of plain red, and white.
  • The A4 and US Letter (8.5 x 11″) printables makes 5cm/2″ (approx) boxes; the A3 printable makes 7cm/2.75″ (approx) boxes.

Download Year of the Ox Take Out Boxes

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Craft Supplies To Make Take Out Boxes

Chinese New Year Take Out Boxes

Chinese New Year Take Out Boxes

Yield: As Many Take Out Boxes As You Need!
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate

These Free Printable Chinese Take Out Boxes are great for filling with a fortune cookie or candy for a cute party favor!


  • White Card or White Paper
  • Free Printable Template (links in blog post)
  • Fortune Cookies, optional
  • Red Tissue Paper, optional


  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife or Scoring Tool
  • Stapler
  • Staples


  1. Print the desired number of boxes onto good quality (120gsm/30lbs) thick paper or onto thin card.
  2. Cut each template out, and use a craft knife or scoring tool to score along the lines as demonstrated by the black lines in the photo below. The line on the "lid" needs to be cut all the way through for the tab to slot into it. blank
  3. Begin folding. I start with the straight (not diagonal!) lines, folding them inwards towards the un-printed side. Free Printable Chinese Take Out Boxes Template
  4. The diagonal lines get folded inwards too. You want to then make the two un-printed sides of the diagonal pieces touch, as they will form the outer flaps for the take out box. How to fold a chinese take out box
  5. Fold the flaps over one another and using a stapler staple them into place. Free Printable Chinese Take Out Boxes
  6. Fold the top flaps down, and push the tab into the slot. That is the box complete!
  7. You could add a wire handle if you have some to hand (I didn't for this demo). Fashion two little hooks at the end of a length of wire, then hook onto the staples and close to secure in place.
  8. Add some red tissue paper, and a fortune cookie, for a sweet party favor. Free Printable Chinese Take Out Boxes - these are great for filling with candy for a cute party favor

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