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Christmas Table Decoration | Gift Boxes Centerpiece
DIY Christmas Decor | Christmas Centerpieces
Looking for handmade Christmas table decorations to make this holiday season? Making a Christmas table decoration is fun, simple and gives you a unique Christmas Centerpiece to display in your home for the holiday season.
A Gift Box Centerpiece will fit the bill. Like the Christmas Balls Tree craft, they are completely customizable to match your existing holiday decor or you can introduce a spin to your decor by focusing on a new theme or color scheme.
Below are step by step instructions, supplies and more ideas for Christmas decorations to make. Enjoy.
Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee
You may already have a lot of the supplies needed to make this Christmas craft. Scrapbooking paper, Christmas ribbon and taper candle holders are the main ingredients.
Here is the complete list of items needed for this Christmas Craft:
- Set of 3 paper mache boxes in different sizes
( I used 3", 4" and 6" square boxes)
- Scrapbooking paper you like (how much depends on your box size. 1- 12" x 12" piece can cover the small size box.)
- Double sided craft tape
- Hot Glue Gun
- 3 clear glass taper holders
- Non-Wire Edged Ribbon - Enough for 3 ribbon bows that match your paper and ribbon to wrap around the boxes.
I used different, coordinating colors and widths scaled to the size of each box. I handmade the bows in a classic, flat bow style. Since the candle holder sits on them, they needed to be flat and level.
- Optional: Decoupage Medium
Public Domain ClipArt via ClipartPal.com
10 Yds Diagonal Christmas Ribbon
Green and Red Polka Dot Christmas Craft Ribbon
Christmas Scrapbooking Paper
Mix the designs of the paper you choose to create interest. Just keep the colors and patterns complementary.
Step by Step Christmas Table Decorations - How to Make a Centerpiece - DIY Christmas Decor
- Cut your scrapbooking paper to exactly fit the 4 sides of the box (not needed for the bottom), the top of the lid and the 4 sides of the lid. You can trace around the side or lid on the backside of your paper and then cut.
- Place your double sided craft tape onto the back of your paper. Carefully stick each piece to its coordinating spot on the box and lid.
- OPTIONAL STEP: At this point, I painted decoupage medium over all the boxes to protect them for re-use in the future.
- Attach the ribbon to the boxes with the hot glue gun.
- Make bows. A flatter style bow works best. See photo.
- Attach your bows to the top of the box with hot glue (on top of where the ribbon meets in the middle).
- Flatten the center of the bow and hot glue your clear taper candle holder on top of the bow.
- Finish by placing the taper candles in the holders.
Candle Holder Options for your Christmas Table Decorations
The photo shows taper candles but votive or tea light holder can also be used. A clear or open design candle holder works best so your ribbon shows through. Choose one like those showcased below.
Multi Use Tealight / Taper Holders (1 Dozen)
"Star" Shape Clear Glass Taper Candle Holder
Reversible Glass Candleholder - For Chime and Taper Candles
Set of 12 Square Glass Votive Candle Holders
Clear Glass Optic Votive Candle Holder (1 Dozen)
Clear Glass Candle Holder and Vase (hobnail design)
How to Make the Flat Bow Pictured - for Your Christmas Table Decorations - Gift Boxes
For this bow, you will need ribbon and a hot glue gun. It should be noted that you need to tape or glue the ribbon that goes around the box on both sides prior to adding the finished bow.
Start by making a loop out of the ribbon. My largest box was 6" so, I wanted my finished loop to be approximately 7". That meant I needed a piece of ribbon that was 14" long. Loop the ribbon and overlap it a bit at the back seam. I adding a spot of hot glue to hold it in place.
I used two different colors of the same style ribbon for contrast. You can use whatever will look best with your scrapbooking paper.
I made 2 loops of red polka dot ribbon and 2 loops of the green polka dot ribbon so that I had 4 total.
I made an "X" shape out of the green ribbon and secured one on top of the other with hot glue.
Then I made a plus sign (+) out of the red ribbon, again, securing it with hot glue.
Next I placed the red ribbon "plus" on top of the green ribbon "X" and used hot glue to keep it in place. I glued the whole thing to the middle of the box top.
This type of bow is very flat and works great as a level surface to attach the candle holder.
I covered the bottom of the candle holder with hot glue and placed it in the center of the finished bow.
Images: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee
For More than Just Christmas...
Gift Box Centerpieces can be used for any holiday or a special event such as weddings, bridal or baby showers or birthday parties. Make them to match your theme or color scheme.
Where presents or gifts are involved, Gift Box Centerpieces are always appropriate.