How to DIY Gift Boxes That Double as Holiday Decor

This guide is in partnership with the Paper & Packaging Board Board – How Life Unfolds TM campaign.

How to DIY Gift Boxes That Double as Holiday Decor
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Decorating gift boxes gives us an opportunity to personalize the gift. With the help of  Paper & Packaging — How Life Unfolds ™ campaign, we’re transforming brown kraft boxes into holiday houses!

Decorating gift boxes gives us an opportunity to personalize the gift. With the help of Paper & Packaging — How Life Unfolds ™ campaign, we’re transforming brown kraft boxes into holiday houses!

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These practical packages work double duty: You can display them in your home as a modern and whimsical holiday village for the holiday season, then use them as gift boxes when the big day arrives.

These practical packages work double duty: You can display them in your home as a modern and whimsical holiday village for the holiday season, then use them as gift boxes when the big day arrives.

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Gather your supplies.

Gather your supplies.

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Using a ruler and a pencil, draw the outlines of doors and windows, and architectural details on the front flap of your gift box.

Using a ruler and a pencil, draw the outlines of doors and windows, and architectural details on the front flap of your gift box.

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Use a utility knife to carefully cut out each detail. Be sure to cut on a cutting mat!

Use a utility knife to carefully cut out each detail. Be sure to cut on a cutting mat!

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Erase the leftover pencil marks.

Erase the leftover pencil marks.

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Onto the colorful backing! Measure and cut a piece of colored paper just smaller than the face of your gift box.

Onto the colorful backing! Measure and cut a piece of colored paper just smaller than the face of your gift box.

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Build the gift box, then tape this paper to the inside of the box’s front.

Build the gift box, then tape this paper to the inside of the box’s front.

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Tuck the front flap of the gift box into place, and you’re done!

Tuck the front flap of the gift box into place, and you’re done!

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After building a bunch of these adorable holiday houses, we displayed them on our foyer table as a darling, hilly village. And then we made some by hole-punching a bunch of white office paper!

After building a bunch of these adorable holiday houses, we displayed them on our foyer table as a darling, hilly village. And then we made some by hole-punching a bunch of white office paper!

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Psst: To make these paper trees, simply cut out two identical shapes. Cut halfway down from the center-top of one tree and halfway up from the center-bottom of another tree, then slide them together.

Psst: To make these paper trees, simply cut out two identical shapes. Cut halfway down from the center-top of one tree and halfway up from the center-bottom of another tree, then slide them together.

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There you have it: Charming gift packages *and* a holiday village made of simple brown kraft boxes and paper. Happy gift-giving!

There you have it: Charming gift packages *and* a holiday village made of simple brown kraft boxes and paper. Happy gift-giving!

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