That’s a Wrap: DIY Christmas Present Decor

Get creative this Christmas by using your wrapped presents as decor.

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Turn gift-wrapped boxes into works of holiday art this Christmas.
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If you’re buying presents this year, odds are you will be doing a lot of wrapping. It can be very time consuming, so why not double-down on your productivity by using your wrapped presents as decor?

Wrapped-up Wreath

Christmas Present Wreath Hanging On a Fireplace

A Wreath Made Out of Multiple Wrapped Christmas Presents

This wreath has been crafted using multiple wrapped Christmas presents. Tiny boxes were wrapped and hot glued to a wreath form.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Before you buy a run-of-the-mill evergreen wreath, consider making this wreath that looks like it popped straight out of your favorite Christmas movie. First, wrap an assortment of miniature boxes with complementary colors of wrapping papers and ribbons. Once you’ve wrapped your desired amount, hot glue them to your wreath form. Start by covering the wreath form with one layer and then add a staggered second layer for depth. All that’s left is to hang it where everyone can enjoy it.

Paper Snowman

A Stack of Gifts Resembling a Snowman With a Hat

Gifts Stacked in a Specific Way to Look Like a Snowman

These gifts have been wrapped in a specific way and stacked in order to look like a snowman. Buttons and a scarf were added to complete the look.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Wrap an 8-inch box with a mostly white wrapping paper. Be sure to wrap the lid and box separately so it can be opened and closed without ripping the paper. Repeat with a 9-inch and a 6-inch box, using varying prints of mostly white papers if possible. For the 6-inch box, instead of wrapping the lid, paint the lid with black chalk paint. Paint a 4-inch box with the same paint. Once dry, stack all of the boxes to look like a snowman and top off with the 4-inch box placed upside down as a hat. Hot glue an orange paper carrot nose and button eyes and a button mouth to the 6-inch box. Hot glue 3 buttons down the center of the 8-inch box and top the snowman off with a scarf wrapped around his neck. When it comes time, fill all of the boxes with gifts so the recipients feel extra special. Bonus: Since the boxes don't have to be unwrapped to get to the present, these decorative gift boxes can be used year after year!

Alternative Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tree Made Out of Green Wrapped Presents

Stacked Presents Representing a Christmas Tree

These presents have been wrapped and stacked in a way that resembles a Christmas tree. The green wrapping paper was chosen intentionally for the tree look and the gold bows represent ornaments.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Whether you can’t have a Christmas tree in your home, or you're just looking to add extra cheer to your space, this wrapped present Christmas tree is as easy as it is impressive. This is the perfect DIY for people without small children or pets, as it may fall over if run into. All you need to do is wrap all of your gifts with a beautiful green paper. If you don’t have enough gifts, just wrap a few extra boxes for filler. Stack all of the wrapped boxes in the shape of a Christmas tree and finish off by adding a few stick-on gold bows for ornaments. Top the tree off with a white gift box and a bold, red bow.

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