TUTORIAL: Gift Box Wreath

by Dana on December 5, 2012

I love wrapping presents.
It’s kind of therapeutic.
(and justifies those 5 rolls of IKEA wrapping paper I just had to buy?  Totally)

But I gotta admit, I’m slightly bummed when a really darling wrap-job is opened cause then the cuteness is gone.  And replaced with a fun gift, I know.  I guess we always have photos to capture the moment.
But….
Why not let it last all month?
On your door.
Or wall.
Or closet.
Wherever.

I saw this in magazine years ago (before pinterest)….probably in Martha Stewart Living?  And I always meant to figure it out.
Today I did!  I love how 3-D it looks on our front door:

There are so many ways you can go with this.  All-red gifts with white bows, all white gifts with blue bows.  Yada, yada. I actually think my wreath is too “busy” and was moments away from re-wrapping the boxes with solid colored papers till a friend knocked on the door and said, “I like your wreath! I may have to try that…”
So we’ll stick with it for this year.

Now grab your favorite papers and let’s get wreath-wrapping.
(all papers below are from IKEA, except for the gray with trees…that’s from Target 2 years ago)

First you need a wreath base.  Use whatever you like for this.  Buy one, make one, it doesn’t matter.
You really want something flat though so the boxes aren’t sticking out too far.  I made mine from a cardboard box lid….Pizza boxes would be be perfect.
• Trace a large circle
• Trace or draw another smaller circle inside, like a donuthole
• Carefully cut out both circles, trying not to bend the cardboard.

You can leave the cardboard as-is but the edges are kind of jagged and un-lady like.
So I dressed mine up with felt fabric.
• Cut long strips of white felt
• Glue the first strip to the back of the wreath with a hot glue gun, wrap, and continue till the whole wreath is covered.

Ta-da.
You could use this base for so many wreaths.  Add jingle bells, pom poms, bows, ornaments, etc.

Okay. Boxes.
You can buy little jewelry ones but you might actually have some lying around your house.  I didn’t realize it till I scrounged my cupboards.  Jello boxes, bandaids, etc…gather little (empty) boxes like that.  Arrange them on the wreath till you have enough boxes and you like how it looks.

Then start wrapping!  Remove one box at a time so you keep them in their proper place.  Wrap, tie with ribbons, re-arrange if needed.

Use a hot glue gun to attach each box to the wreath.
Then tie a bow or string to the top of the wreath for haning (I used braided twine) and you’re done!

(Quality control Inspection)

Passed!
Merry Christmas.

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1 palak December 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

So cute! I can’t believe all that wrapping paper is from Ikea.

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2 Randi - Dukes and Duchesses December 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I absolutely love that … and the wrapping paper is so pretty!

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3 Miranda December 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I like the different, colorful papers! It doesn’t look to busy to me…it looks like you!

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4 Ashley December 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I love wrapping, too! I even worked part-time after my full-time job at a toy store wrapping presents for the customers. Very cute wreath :)

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5 Crystalyn December 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I saw your picture on Instagram and I had to come check it out. I’m not usually a fan of wreaths, but this is really sweet! I love wrapping too. My brothers used to make fun of me because my gifts always looked perfect.

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6 Lisa in IL December 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

this is absolutely fantastic!

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7 Sarahendipity December 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm

So fun and frugal. I love it! Thank you for sharing another splendid idea to make a little something festive! You are fantabulous!

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8 christy December 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Just so you know, hot glue doesn’t do well with temperature fluctuations. I made one of those ornament wreaths last year and hilt the time we got to after Christmas all the ornaments started coming unstuck (they were strung on a hanger but the hot glue held them in place). And I live in Dallas so it wasn’t like it was cold. I read about not using hot four after it was all put together.

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9 Nicole December 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Too cute!
I also find wrapping therapeutic. My mom used to let me wrap all the presents (even my own in disguise). Of course one year they all had my name on them too. I love unwrapping (and my sister is a slow unwrapper) so she put my name in every present so I’d just rip thru them :)

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10 Colette December 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I also love wrapping gifts, just to admire my excellent work.

The wreath is soo cute! I’m definitely making one this weekend for my work cubicle

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11 Natalie Cox December 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

You’re genius.

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12 Kristi December 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I like the different papers because the overall effect puts me in mind of presents coming from all different people. It looks more like real life than having it all one color would. Thanks for the great idea!

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13 Stephanie December 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I love this idea! Thanks Dana.

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14 British American December 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Oooh, this is cute! I’m not big into wreaths either, but I’m feeling the need to make this. Especially as I think I have all the supplies on hand.

Our youngest is 1 – so we don’t have a lot of decorations out. Hanging this on the wall would be a way to decorate that is out of his reach. I just bought two rolls of paper at ALDI today. :)

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15 Sydney December 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Love it! Very cute.

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16 RaeAnna December 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

So cute!!! I love it!

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17 clara December 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Great idea, Dana! And great effect!

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18 Chiara December 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

It’s so cute… :)

I’m saving you tutorial in my “to do list”!!! ;)

Thank you and ciao
Chiara

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19 Crystal in Lynden December 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I love it when you post a craft that doesn’t require a sewing machine since I don’t have one. Ha! Your blog makes me want to own one! I really like this wreath craft. You did a great job making it.

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20 Melissa G December 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

That is the smallest box of Hamburger Helper I have ever seen. Love the wreath – it may actually be something an uncrafty lady like myself could do, unlike the Peeps wreath I tried last Easter. Disaster.

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21 Giedra Bowser December 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Love!

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22 Helen December 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Dana, this is so pretty… I’m thinking it would be sweet on my girl’s bedroom door with little tags with their and their cousins names – all 4 girls who will be sleeping in the room over Christmas. Oh, I”m so excited for the holidays this year!

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23 evelyn December 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Do you now have several items in your cupboards sans their boxes? ;)

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24 Suzanne December 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Your awesome ! The second I saw you used band-aide boxes, I had to share the love!

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25 terri December 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm

also love love love wrapping presents! and i have that target paper still in my stash. such a cute idea….i might need to make this! thanks, dana! happy holidays.

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26 Lindsay December 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I love this SO much! It looks fancy, but I love that you used stuff around your house.

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27 Sarah K. December 6, 2012 at 1:53 am

Hehehe! I’m just imagining a curious little “elf” opening a present secretly in the back of a closet one day only to find an empty Jello box! Super cute idea – I’d just have to make sure the kids watched me wrap EMPTY boxes. ;)

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28 Kim d. December 6, 2012 at 7:40 am

So cute, thanks. I absolutely love that I can make this without having to buy anything! Thanks for the tips on using things we already have around the house!

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29 sarah December 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

That’s really cute!! Great idea!

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30 Melanie December 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Love the colors! I wrapped a few jello boxes last year for decor, and my then 2-year-old was sorely disappointed when she broke into them… ha ha! I was grumpy she messed them up, but I’m a fan of wrapping gifts so it wasnt’ that big of a downer ;)

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31 evie1203 December 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! I LOVE IT!! simple but sooo cute!!

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32 Emra December 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

This is too cute and super thrifty; absolutely loving it for any door…especially an indoor setting like a classroom or hospital door…thanks for the inspiration. BTW, pumpkin chocolate ribbon bread looks amazing…

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33 Melissa Shultz December 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

This is soooooo cooool!!! I love it! What a perfect way to use some of my favorite wrapping paper and not have it torn and thrown away right away. :) I will definitely be making one of these for next year. You are so smart. Have I told you lately how much I love your blog?

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34 Kristina December 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

This I something I MUST try!

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35 Sharron December 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

BRILLIANT!! I love wrapping presents! This is a fantastic idea, thanks!

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36 Delia December 7, 2012 at 2:47 am

this is adorable Dana! I love the simplicity of it and that it repurposes stuff you already have in your house. Great idea!

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37 kitty December 7, 2012 at 4:39 am

Great idea!! Love it!! Thank you!!

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38 Erin December 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

Oh darn it. You just added another wreath to my list. But I’m secretly happy. One is never supposed to finish all of the Christmas projects, are they? The list just keeps getting added onto until the holiday rolls around. :)

Ps-Made a pair of flannel pjs for my little girl this week with your pattern, and love them! I used your kids pants tutorial for her Halloween costume as well (chef pants, if you must know.) Here’s the link if you’d like to see some chef cuteness. :)
http://www.chrisanderinkeith.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/she-chef.html

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39 Megan @ Boomtown Sisters December 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I love this so much. I’m about 15 seconds from emptying every box in the house just to make it – thanks for the inspiration!

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40 Cyndie December 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

What a sweet idea! I love that you didn’t really have to spend anything to create this – and it looks so polished and fun!

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41 Bon @ A Golden Afternoon December 11, 2012 at 12:18 am

love this! You are an endless supply of great ideas!

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42 des December 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm

very creative…..thanks

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43 Cindy @ So the Cook Said December 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Just made this wreath and blogged about it! Thanks for the idea!

http://sothecooksaid.blogspot.com/2013/12/gift-wrap-wreath.html

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