How to Make a Homemade Lighted Gift Box

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How to Make a Homemade Lighted Gift Box
Create a lighted gift box to enhance your holiday decor. (Gift box image by Mahno from Fotolia.com)

Homemade lighted gift boxes add festive holiday charm to your indoor or outdoor decorations. Make lighted gift boxes to place beneath your Christmas tree or to add holiday spirit to a porch or patio. Homemade lighted gift boxes can be whimsical centrepieces for baby showers, wedding showers and wedding receptions. Stack lighted gift boxes in a staggered pile, place a bow on top and drape ribbons along the sides to create a focal point for your next event.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Glass craft block
  • 50-light strand of LED lights
  • Thin fabric
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • 1-inch-wide ribbon
  • Large premade bow

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select the desired size of glass craft block that you would like to use to make the homemade lighted gift box. At least two sizes are available from craft stores and online retailers. Each glass craft block has an access hole on one edge.

  2. 2

    Remove the plastic cover from the access hole on the side of the glass craft block. Insert a small strand of LED lights inside the glass craft box. Extend the electrical cord through the access hole.

  3. 3

    Cut a section of thin fabric to fit around the glass craft block. Place the section of fabric face up on a flat work table. Place the front side of the glass block face down on top of the fabric. Slide the edge of the block with the electrical cord to within 2 inches of the edge of the fabric.

  4. 4

    Cut a slit in the edge of the fabric to fit around the electrical cord. Tape the edge of the fabric to the edge of the glass craft block with double-sided tape.

  5. 5

    Fold the fabric over the back side of the glass craft block to the taped edge. Cut a slit in the edge of the fabric to fit around the electrical cord. Tape the edge of the fabric to the edge of the glass block with double-sided tape.

  6. 6

    Fold the open edges of fabric as if you were wrapping a gift. Tape the folded fabric to the edge of the glass craft block with double-sided tape.

  7. 7

    Cut a 1-inch-wide strip of ribbon to fit around the edges of the glass block. Attach the ribbon to the edge of the block using double-sided tape. Begin and end the ribbon strand on each side of the electrical cord.

  8. 8

    Stand the gift-wrapped glass block upright so that the electrical cord is on the bottom. Attach a large premade bow to the front of the package with double-sided tape. Plug in the electrical cord to illuminate the lighted gift box.

Tips and warnings

  • Use battery-powered string lights to make tabletop centrepieces. You can also attach the fabric and ribbon with a hot glue gun in lieu of double-sided tape.

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