I’m always looking for cute gift boxes to send little treats to school for my son’s teachers, but can’t ever seem to find just the right colors or styles I have in my mind. So what’s a crafty mama to do but create her own! These little paper mache trees were just begging to be brought to life and I couldn’t resist turning them into these darling DIY Christmas gift boxes.
- Paper Mache Christmas Tree Boxes
- Acrylic Paints
- Paint Brush
- Baker’s Twine
- Extra Fine Craft Glitter
- Mini Flocked Deer with Antlers
- Fake Snow for Crafts
- Glue Dots
The first step in spiffing up the Christmas tree box is to paint it a solid color. My son has four teachers, so I painted each one a different color to start. I can’t resist bright, happy colors, and chose pink, lavender, a light pearl blue and sea glass color. The lighter colors took a few more coats to fully cover.
Once the boxes are dry, tape off the lids in a crisscross motion. I used skinny washi tape, but painter’s tape cut to size would work just as well.
Begin painting the triangles in alternating colors, leaving one or two the original color. Once you’ve finished filling in all the spaces, gently peel off the tape, and set the boxes aside to fully dry.
While the boxes are drying, it’s time to get to work on the reindeer. Their little hooves and antlers are just begging for a little color, don’t you think? I selected a different color for the hooves and antlers, but the sky’s the limit on the combinations you could use! Start by painting their hooves in your selected color.
While the paint is still wet, quickly sprinkle on the glitter in the same color. Using the same color paint underneath the glitter will help hide any imperfections in the event some of the glitter comes off.
Repeat the same process on the reindeer’s antlers, then set them aside to dry.
By now your boxes should be ready to receive a little glitter for themselves. Using Glue Dots ensures your “ornaments” are a perfect circle – and it’s much less messy than using glue. And bonus, there’s no dry time to worry about!
I cut the paper around the Glue Dots into smaller pieces so they would be easier to manage.
Gently peel back the papers, and then sprinkle your first color of glitter. Continue until you’re happy with the number of “ornaments” on your tree.
Now you’re ready to fill the DIY Christmas gift boxes with goodies. These tree boxes are on the smaller side, but are perfect for chocolates or small trinkets. I added a little bit of fake snow to the bottom of each tree for a festive touch.
I then added a reindeer to the top of each, and secured with a bow.
And that’s it! Aren’t they cute? These little Christmas tree gift boxes are not only the perfect little gift for teachers, but would make a fun way to give secret Santa gifts as well!
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Annaliese is a party stylist and owner of Made of Sugar and Spice, a dress-up party boutique for little girls ages 3 – 10. Her love of color, pretty girly things, glitter, and creative nature help transform every day occasions into the best day ever. She lives by the motto “I can spray paint that,” has a major sweet tooth, and when she’s not crafting or planning parties, you can find her spending time with her husband, son and three dogs.