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Christmas Table Decoration | Gift Boxes Centerpiece

Updated on November 6, 2013

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:

  1. Set of 3 paper mache boxes in different sizes

    ( I used 3", 4" and 6" square boxes)

  2. Scrapbooking paper you like (how much depends on your box size. 1- 12" x 12" piece can cover the small size box.)
  3. Double sided craft tape
  4. Hot Glue Gun
  5. 3 clear glass taper holders
  6. 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.

  7. Optional: Decoupage Medium

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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

Christmas Table Decorations - Boxes
Christmas Table Decorations - Boxes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. OPTIONAL STEP: At this point, I painted decoupage medium over all the boxes to protect them for re-use in the future.
  4. Attach the ribbon to the boxes with the hot glue gun.
  5. Make bows. A flatter style bow works best. See photo.
  6. Attach your bows to the top of the box with hot glue (on top of where the ribbon meets in the middle).
  7. Flatten the center of the bow and hot glue your clear taper candle holder on top of the bow.
  8. Finish by placing the taper candles in the holders.

Candle Holder Options for your Christmas Table Decorations

Christmas Crafts

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

Christmas Table Decorations - Bow
Christmas Table Decorations - Bow

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.

Purple Star

Very honored to receive a Purple Star on November 10, 2010

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Aren't Christmas Table Decorations Fun to Make?

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      workable 5 years ago

      My mom would love just the plain square mache boxes. She would add just a simple red ribbon for wrapping a Christmas present.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This lens has been featured on and lensrolled to my "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf" lens. :-)

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Very attractive! I must admit that my holiday table was so full of food, there was no space for a centerpiece. Maybe I should set up buffet style next time.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Lovely idea and easy too.

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      DecoratingEvents 7 years ago

      @Dee Gallemore: Thanks Dee! You are a wonderful Angel!!

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      What lovely table decoration ideas . . . blessed!

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      DecoratingEvents 7 years ago

      @PNWtravels: Thank you so much for the blessing! It is easy (that's the best kind of craft)!

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a simple, fun and festive idea. Congratulations on the well-deserved purple star. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      noobeegin 7 years ago

      You always have such awesome ideas! Love the centerpiece.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Another awesome lens! Congratulations on your purple star!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Another awesome lens! Congratulations on your purple star!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love this idea, thanks for sharing your techniques

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Beautiful! What a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing the directions.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Wonderful idea for a Christmas table centerpiece and well done page!

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Cool idea, and fun too!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Really nice looking lens on Christmas table decorations. Congrats on the purple star. I like the big shiny one.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star! Love, absolutely love this idea of a centerpiece for Christmas that looks like a gift box! Great instructions too!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congratulations on your Purple Star. These centerpieces are beautiful.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These gift box centerpieces are gorgeous! That purple star looks nice on it, too! Congrats!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Gift Boxes make such a pretty table centerpiece, especially for Christmas. Another lovely decorating idea. Congratulations on your Purple Star. ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      Mandee, these boxes are beautiful centrepieces! I knew I was saving those boxes for something!

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      Beautiful centerpieces, as usual. You are so talented and received a well-deserved Purple Star.

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      Lovely idea! You made this process look very easy. I am pretty sure I can do it! Congratulations on your purple star award!

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Nice and simple idea that actually looks good too. Great lens.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      So "simple" yet so beautiful. This would be great project for kids of all ages.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA are so creative !

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      Paula Morgan 7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Great - something nice and easy and useful to attempt with the kids :-)

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Very festive and great for a gift box, too!

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      Another fun Christmas craft!