Donna enjoys using her arts background to create fun craft projects with a special focus on using repurposed or handy household materials.
I love making holiday crafts and décor, especially using items I already have on hand and at home. These two Christmas crafts use the bottom and top of a decorative gift box. I used a wine bottle box, but you could use any medium size box or container.
I bought most of my supplies last year during the after Christmas sales. I loved the colors and cute Santa on this wine bottle gift box, but had no plans for what I was going to do with it. Then I realized that I could use the tall container as a vessel for a holiday floral arrangement. And the top and tie could become a great frame for a Christmas tree decoration. Both of these projects are easy to make and can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to make them.
Materials for Your Holiday Floral Arrangement
I'll start with the holiday floral arrangement. These are my materials, but you can modify them based on what you have and the look you want for your arrangement.
- a medium size gift box - you probably want to use a box with some height and an opening that is no more than 5 inches wide. A flat shirt box or jewelry box would not really work.
- artificial floral stems of your choice - I bought this Christmas bouquet last year at a clearance sale and cut the pieces apart.
- a flat piece of floral foam or styrofoam (large enough to fill the opening of your box)
- some newspaper or bubble wrap to fill the body of your container
- some coordinating ribbon and decorative items (Christmas balls, little birds, tiny packages, etc) to add to your arrangement
- (optional) gift wrap to cover your box if it isn't already decorated
- wire cutters and hot glue gun
Directions for Making a Floral Arrangement From a Gift Box
1. The first step is removing the lid from your gift box and putting it to the side. You can use the lid to create a Christmas tree decoration by following the directions below. If you are using a wine bottle gift box, carefully untie the lid from the body and hold on to the cord or tie.
If you are using just a plain cardboard gift box, you can cover it with some decorative gift wrap paper to make it more colorful and cheery.
2. Next, fill the body of your container with newspaper or bubble wrap. If you are concerned with your arrangement being knocked over, you can use something heavier like sand or kitty litter.
3. Then, using a utility knife or scissors, cut your foam to fit in the opening of your box. I used floral foam because it's denser and I knew I'd be moving my floral stems around as I put together my arrangement.
I also placed my foam so it sat about a 1/2 inch above the rim of my container so I could stick some of my stems in the side of my foam, but this is optional. You can hot glue your foam in place if you want. I didn't because I may want to use my box for something else later.
4. Now, using wire cutters, trim or cut apart your floral stems so they are separate and the appropriate size for your arrangement.
5. Now start sticking your floral stems into your foam to create your arrangement. I have no experience arranging flowers, so I just tried different placements until I found something I liked.
I made my arrangement so that it could be displayed on my mantle and would mostly be seen from the front. Therefore, I put my taller pieces in the back of my arrangement and worked toward the front of my container. If you want your arrangement to be able to be viewed from all sides, I'd suggest you put your taller stems in the middle and continual turn your container as you work so that you design your arrangement with all sides in mind.
6. As I continued to design my arrangement, I started adding shorter pieces and different elements to add interest. I also placed some pieces so they leaned out to add fullness to my arrangement.
7. Once I had an arrangement that I liked, I hot glued a couple of pine cones in place to add some different texture to my design. You could also use sparkly Christmas balls, tiny packages, or little figures in your arrangement.
8. The last step when your arrangement is done is to add a big bow around your container. You can be very creative with the placement and tying of your bow, but I put my ribbon up at the rim of my container to hide any stems or foam that might be showing.
How to Make a Christmas Tree Ornament from a Gift Box Lid
Materials for Making a Christmas Tree Decoration from a Gift Box Lid
These materials are all available at your local craft store and easy to adapt to your own taste.
- the lid from your gift box
- some decorative paper or holiday gift wrap of your choice
- little elements like tiny trees, figures, or other holiday items to fill your ornament
- some fiber fill or cotton balls to use as snow, if you choose
- about 8 to 12 inches of ribbon or cord to hang your ornament
- white glue and hot glue
- scissors, pencil, and basic craft supplies
Directions for Making a Christmas Ornament from a Box Lid
1. First, I traced my box lid onto my decorative paper and cut my paper pieces out. I layered two different scrapbook papers to create my background. I then glued them to the back of the inside of my lid using glue stick.
I placed my lid in the top of a cup or jar so I didn't have to hold it the whole time I was working on my ornament.
2. Next, I glued a couple small trees in place using hot glue. I cut one of the trees down so it was shorter than the other. I found these tiny trees at my local big box craft store.
3. Then I added some fiber fill to my Christmas scene as snow. I used small pieces so I could place them around my trees and white glue to keep my snow in place.
I also glued in a few white sequin to add some glitter to my scene. I used dots of white glue for this too.
4. Then I cut two little pieces off of my artificial pine wreath and hot glued these boughs around the edge of my lid to frame it.
5. Next,I added two decorative clay birds to my winter scene. I made these birds out of oven bake clay. You can learn how to make your own with my tutorial. You can find other little items and figures at the craft store.
6. I also added a little ribbon in the center of my pine pieces. I made this little bow with some ribbon and a fork.
7. Then I took some length of ribbon or cord and hot glued it around the outside of my box to use as a hanger. The amount of ribbon or cord that you will need will depend on the size of your box top and how long a hanger you want on it.
Your ornament may want to lean forward. In order that your ornament hang straight, you should glue your ribbon in place at about the middle of the depth of your container lid. You might want to try your placement first by just taping your ribbon in place and seeing if it hangs correctly.
I hope you enjoy your holiday with these festive Christmas crafts!
Copyright © 2016 by Donna Herron. All rights reserved.
Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 01, 2016:
Hi Teri - That's a great idea! A Pringles can won't give you a lot of space in the opening to create your floral arrangement, but you can add hanging elements like vines and ribbons to make it more festive. Or you could use a bigger container like an oatmeal or Stove Top stuffing container. Thanks for sharing your idea and good luck! Have a great holiday season!
Teri Fox on December 01, 2016:
I was thinking of doing the same thing with a Pringles can. Wrap it in gift wrap, then follow the rest of the instructions.
Donna Herron (author) from USA on November 07, 2016:
Hi Rachel - Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I hope the upcoming holiday season inspires some delicious recipes from you. I look forward to seeing some new hubs from you! Thanks again. I appreciate it!
Rachel L Alba on November 06, 2016:
Hi Donna, Such pretty decorations. I love them and you make it look so easy to do. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings to you.
Donna Herron (author) from USA on September 29, 2016:
Thank you, teaches12345, for such a kind and wonderful comment. I hope the upcoming holiday season inspires some great projects for you!
teaches12345 on September 28, 2016:
This is a very good suggestion for making creative holiday crafts from those throw aways. You certainly have talent.
Donna Herron (author) from USA on September 22, 2016:
Thanks, Sally! I'm looking forward to this holiday season, after taking a break this summer. I have lots of ideas for Christmas projects and crafts. Thanks so much for your kind words and support. I appreciate it!
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on September 21, 2016:
Very cute. A great project for adults and children alike and just in time for Christmas.
Donna Herron (author) from USA on September 21, 2016:
Hi VirginiaLynne - Thanks so much! There's so many beautiful decorative boxes available that I just had to find a way to add them to my holiday decorating. So glad you like these projects. Thanks so much for your comments!
Donna Herron (author) from USA on September 21, 2016:
Hi Heidi - I have a few ideas for Christmas crafts and tutorials, so I thought I should start early :) Thanks so much, as always, for stopping by and commenting! Much appreciated!
Virginia Kearney from United States on September 20, 2016:
Very cute. I love reusing things for gifts and decorations. Loved the folk bow too!
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 20, 2016:
Hard to believe the holidays are almost here! Cute project (as always) just in time for that. Thanks for sharing your creativity and crafting expertise with us! Sharing.