Party Crafts and DIY

How to Make Christmas Gift Boxes from Oatmeal Boxes

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This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This project is my own creation.

I love giving gifts! What boy or girl—little or big—doesn’t enjoy receiving a present?! Whether it’s for a birthday party, Christmas or whatever occasion, I’ve found that the titillation of a fun wrap can really multiply the joy of the gift. I’ve been saving some empty oatmeal boxes; I just knew I’d come up with an idea for gifting them; seems like there are always odd shaped presents that won’t fit in a regular square box. When I heard about the Tulip Holiday Sparkle and Shine products I immediately got this idea for using my (free!) round, cardboard boxes.  

DIY Christmas Gift Box

Supplies needed for this project:

  • empty oatmeal box (mine is 7”x4”)
  • cotton fabric (my box took 8 x 14 ½ “)
  • ribbon: about 18” of 1/8” and about 20” of 1 ½”
  • Tulip Fashion Glitter Holographic Transfer Sheets: I just needed a small portion of one red sheet for my 1 ¾” circles
  • Tulip Iron-On Transfer Sheet: I only needed a small amount for my silver stripes
  • Tulip Metallics Dimensional Fabric Paint: Silver
  • Tulip Beads in a Bottle: Mica Flakes
  • Aleene’s No-Sew Fabric Glue
  • scissors, iron, hole punch, pen

DIY Christmas Gift Box

I could have used paper for this but I really wanted the different textures, so I opted to use a cotton remnant from another project. It already had a hem so I positioned that at the bottom. I have punches, but not the size I wanted for my glitter ornaments so I traced a spice jar lid on the red Tulip glitter transfer sheet and cut it by hand. I found it was easier to see my marks on the non-colored side. I also cut small strips from a silver sheet. After I positioned the circles in the middle of my fabric, I placed the silver strips and ironed both the circle and strip at the same time. It’s easy; I used an old handkerchief as a pressing cloth and held the iron on it for 40 seconds.

Christmas Craft DIY

I did the “ornaments” one at a time so I knew they’d stay in the position I wanted. Next I used the fabric marker paint to suggest the ornament cap. Again, it was simple. The fine hole in the marker made it easy to draw (side note: I experimented with drawing more complex shapes on another project and really like that result, too). While the paint was setting I cut the 1/8” ribbon lengths and drew a bead of Aileen glue on one side.

Christmas Gift Box DIY

Then I carefully (‘cause the paint wasn’t totally dry) laid the ribbon from the ornament shape to the top of the fabric. Next I made the small bows by fiddling with the shape and gluing them. I let them set for a few minutes and then put more glue on their backs and placed them on top of the ornament caps.

How to Make a Christmas Gift Box

Because I wanted to use ribbon as a handle, I used a hole punch on either side of the oatmeal box. (Depending on the size of your punch, you may need to punch two holes on each side to ensure it is easy to push the ribbon through. )Then I went back to the small ribbons and added a droplet of the Beads in a Bottle. They’re fun to use and they really are self-rounding; I’ll be doing more with that product!

I’m not sure how long it took for everything to dry fully because the next step was me going to bed! It was ready to go in the morning when I was, so I put a bead of glue all around the fabric edges and lined up the hemmed edge on the bottom. I tucked the extra inch of fabric on the inside of the box for a finished look from the outside. I cut a slit through the fabric where I’d punched the holes earlier and pushed the wider ribbon through. I used a thin knitting needle to help. Double knot the ribbon on the inside and tie it in a bow. You’re finished!

Christmas Craft

I’d never worked with these Tulip products before, but I will use them again. They’re easy to work with and they look good. FYI, I also punched stars out of another glitter sheet and ironed them onto a ribbon. I didn’t know if that would work, but it did. I think that would be another fun touch to embellish ribbons. There you have it–it seems Mom was right (again): it pays to eat oatmeal and a girl can never go wrong with glitter!  


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Check out this easy holiday inspiration post from ILTC! These Christmas trees are so cute and you won’t believe how easy they are to make. Perfect to get in the holiday spirit!

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Layne Quintanilla

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men and her ever patient husband, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara. You can join her party at My Best Laid Plans and Coupons with Q.