How to Make Natural Gift Toppers

For many of us, pine cones, berries and evergreen sprigs can be easily sourced from our backyards or a walk through the woods. Gathered together, these bits of nature make a woodsy stand-in for a standard bow.

Christmas Gift Wrap Nature

Christmas Gift Wrap Nature

Different types of Christmas wrapping decorated with nature pine cones aranged in a photo.

Sometimes the holiday inspiration you’re looking for can be found in your own backyard. Why not turn this nature-inspired gift topper into an afternoon activity for you and the family? Pull on your winter boots and bundle up in scarves, then head out into the great outdoors for seasonal treasures.

Materials Needed

  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • craft paper
  • twine
  • seasonal natural elements
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Create Base

Pine cones are seasonally appropriate and are practically everywhere this time of year. If you’re unable to find any in your area, craft stores typically carry them in a variety of sizes and colors. Use hot glue to attach two pine cones together, and use this as a base on which to add smaller elements.

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Add to Wrapped Gift

Arrange additional seasonal elements to your heart’s desire (Image 1). Once you’re happy with the cluster you’ve created, use hot glue to secure the elements. While the glue sets, wrap your gift in craft paper and tie with kitchen twine. Glue your garnish on top to finish (Image 2).

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