Wrap up a Christmas centerpiece with pretty paper packages (& giveaway winner announced)

Even though I already have a stash of gift wrap, when I see the new patterns and colors every year, I’m always tempted to buy more. And, sometimes I just can’t resist. Pretty gift wrap is the inspiration for both of these Pretty Christmas Package Topiaries. Because Kathleen George cut the “packages” from foam sheets, you don’t have to worry about finding the right sizes of boxes, either. Now, doesn’t that make it easier? Here’s how she made these two pretty Christmas topiary trees.

Christmas Package Topiary

how to make a Christmas package topiary

Mix & match your favorite papers to make this festive centerpiece.

Bright Gift Package Centerpiece

how to make a Christmas Package Centerpiece using paper

If you’re more traditional, use red and green papers to make this Christmas centerpiece.

I also wanted to show Kathleen’s two paper choices side by side. These are both beautiful combinations and it’s amazing how different papers completely change the look and the mood of each centerpiece. So if neither one of these suits your decorating scheme, go ahead and pick your favorites.

how to make Christmas paper crafts

If neither one of these suits your decorating style, choose your own combination of giftwrap or scrapbook paper.

Now, on to the tutorials. 

Christmas Package Topiary

how to make a Christmas package topiary for an easy Christmas centerpiece

Mix & match your favorite papers to make this festive centerpiece.

To make a Christmas Package Topiary, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” cube & 1” x 12” x 18” sheet
  • 12” x 12” scrapbook papers or assorted wrapping papers
  • Wooden dowel, 4-1/3” x 5/8”
  • Ribbon: 1” wired ribbon, 5 ft.; ½” sheer ribbon, 2 ft.
  • Glass balls, three
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; pencil; serrated kitchen knife; old candle or bar of soap; craft pins; transparent tape; Xacto® knife; deco edge scissors

To make a Christmas Package Topiary:

1. Measure and score the following squares on the foam sheet:

  • One 7” x 7” piece
  • Two 5” x 5” pieces
  • Three 4” x 4” pieces
  • Two 2” x 2” pieces

2. Wax your knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut out the foam squares.

3. Glue together the two 5” squares, the two 2” squares, and the three 4” squares to make boxes.

4. Wrap each box with a different paper, just like wrapping a package. Use straight pins to help hold the paper in place.

5. Stack and glue the boxes together.

6. Cut the 5” cube to form the container with a 3” base and a 4” top. Draw and center a 3” square on the bottom of the cube, and a 4” square on the top. Working at an angle, cut off slices till you’ve created the container.

7. Wrap the sides of the topiary base with paper, and cover the top with a 4” square of paper. Cut a strip of paper using deco edge scissors to decorate the top edge.

8. Tightly wrap paper around the wood dowel and glue in place.

9. Using Xacto knife, cut a ½” wide by ½” deep hole in the bottom of the largest package. Place glue in the hole and twist dowel firmly into the hole. Be sure the dowel is straight, add more glue if needed, and let it dry.

10. Cut two, 22” lengths of wired ribbon. Cross the ribbons over the top of the topiary and glue the ends to the bottom of the packages. Make a bow with the remaining ribbon and glue to the top of the topiary where the ribbons cross.

11. Twist the wire ends of 3 glass balls together securely. Tie the ¾” sheer ribbon into a bow around the wire. Glue to the top of the topiary.

12. Optional: Tie ribbon around the dowel where it meets the base.

Bright Gift Package Centerpiece

how to make a Christmas Package Centerpiece using paper

If you’re more traditional, use red and green papers to make this Christmas centerpiece.

To make a Bright Gift Package Centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” and 2” x 12” x 18” sheets
  • Scrapbook paper or assorted wrapping papers
  • Cardstock, bright yellow and green (optional)
  • Curling ribbons
  • Mini ornaments
  • Craft wire, 8”
  • Straight pins
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; pencil; serrated kitchen knife; old candle or bar of soap; transparent tape

To make a Bright Gift Package Centerpiece:

1. Wax your knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Measure and cut various sizes of squares and rectangles. Glue together several same-size pieces to make an assortment of sizes.

2. Stack and arrange the packages to form the shape of a tree. Once you like the arrangement, carefully remove the packages and gift wrap each one. Tie a ribbon around each package. Glue packages together in the tree formation.

3. Cut out two stars from yellow cardstock. Place wire between them and glue together. Coil wire end, and insert into the top of the tree (you might need to poke a little hole through the paper first).

4. Curl ribbon lengths and glue to topiary.

5. Optional: Add holly leaves cut from card stock.

Are you wondering about the winner of Rosie O’Donnell’s Crafty U? Wonder no more. Pat K. won this book bursting with 100 craft ideas for families. Please contact me, Pat, to arrange for the shipping.

I have one more giveaway planned for this holiday season, and I’ll announce it tomorrow.

Happy Christmas crafting.

Sharon

 

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5 Responses to Wrap up a Christmas centerpiece with pretty paper packages (& giveaway winner announced)

  1. Pat Rand says:

    Looks good but I can’t keep my cats from wanting one too.Love all your ideas especially the wreaths .Happy Holidays ,Pat P.S. I would love to win your book !

  2. ColleenB. says:

    Beautiful and well done projects.

  3. Katiria says:

    What a beautiful idea! Thanks for inspiring us every day :)

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