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December is here and I couldn’t be happier!  The Christmas home tour should be up by the end of the week, but today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to decorate using little wrapped boxes!  This Christmas present centerpiece is the perfect way to decorate a table top, coffee table, or any other surface that needs some holiday cheer.

Christmas centerpiece ideas

I’m no stranger when it comes to wrapping up little boxes, I find that it makes really cute affordable holiday decor, but this year I decided to take it a step further and turn it into a centerpiece.  Not only is this centerpiece festive, it’s also extremely practical and budget friendly.  Why, you say?  Because we’re wrapping up food boxes!  We all eat food so why not first turn it into a Christmas centerpiece?

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Lots and lots of food boxes!

3-4 rolls of coordinating wrapping paper

Tape & ribbon

Various bows & curly ribbon

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

What are the best food boxes to wrap?

Walmart and Dollar Tree are great places to find affordable box food in a variety of sizes.  I usually go around finding boxes I like, stacking them together to see if the sizes work.  Some of my favorite food boxes to wrap are Pop Tarts, large food boxes such as hamburger helper or scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese boxes, large and small candy boxes, Jiffy cornbread, little boxes of raisins, and jello and pudding boxes.

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

I want to make this centerpiece, but what if I want to eat the food first?

No worries!  I generally prefer to keep the food in the boxes because it’s easier and I like my boxes to have some weight.  However many times I’ve gently opened the boxes removed the food and taped or hot glued the boxes back shut.  You can always take a photo of the cooking instructions with your phone for later.  If you do remove the food before wrapping you can toss the boxes after Christmas if you like.

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by wrapping all the food boxes in various wrapping paper.  Crank up some music, sip some tea, or have a glass of wine… this is the most time consuming part.

I used regular tape for the gift wrapping but if you want to a cleaner look for the ends you can use double sided tape, and I’ve even used hot glue before to secure the edges.

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

Create a base using the largest size boxes, then continue stacking the boxes in a random pattern.  Once I finished this step I realized I could use a few more boxes so I went off to the pantry for more cornbread and pudding boxes to wrap.

Once you’re finished with the layout it’s time to start adding bows.  Old bows work great for this so be sure to save them for next year.

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

Naturally no matter how well you arrange the boxes you’ll end up with a few gaps,  so I like to fill them in with curly ribbon.

Christmas centerpiece ideas

Christmas centerpiece ideas

Christmas centerpiece ideas

Once the Christmas season is over simply unwrap the food and stock it back in your pantry for a later day.  Better yet put a smile on someones face and donate the unopened unwrapped food boxes to a food bank for a family in need!

If you took the food out before you wrapped them you can toss them or keep the boxes for next year.  I hope you enjoy creating your own Christmas present centerpiece, if you do be sure to tag me on Instagram or leave me a photo in my Pinterest pin.