This Christmas gift wall hanging looks so festive and is super easy to make! I love handmade Christmas decor – especially if it’s quick, cheap, and looks fantastic. This one ticks all the boxes.
Hang it above a mantel if you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace… otherwise you could get real fancy like me and hang it above your TV. Ha!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Christmas gift wall hanging.
Christmas gift wall hanging
YOU WILL NEED:
- A dozen small cardboard boxes. I bought mine at the local Reject shop – or you could use cereal fun packs if you can’t find cheap gift boxes.
- Solid wrapping paper – I used a colour scheme of kraft brown, silver, gold, black and copper.
- Patterned wrapping paper – You could use readymade, but I stamped my own with a homemade foam stamp.
- Assorted ribbon, satin cord, and jute string
- Tree branch or driftwood… I found mine on the beach!
- Triangle ring Picture hangers
I started by stamping my paper with a handmade foam stamp. I love the imperfect, organic look of hand stamping. You can see how I created a simple stamp in this post. The kids helped – it was such a fun Christmas project to do together!
We stamped a combination of black stars on white paper, white stars on kraft paper, and gold stars on white paper.
I then wrapped my boxes. Some were wrapped entirely in stamped paper, while others I wrapped in a solid paper and used strips of the patterned wrap as feature bands. The trick is to have a consistent colour palette and then vary each little gift box within that palette.
Of course, you could get a totally different look for this wall hanging by using a different colour scheme! Red and green, navy and gold, blush pink and silver… whatever tickles your fancy and suits your Christmas decor this year!
Next, tie around each gift box with your choice of ribbon, satin cord, or jute string. You can either finish with a bow at the front, or tie it off into a knot at the back.
I did a combination of both, because I think the variety makes it look more interesting.
Once you’ve tied all your boxes with ribbon or string, it’s time to mount your branch on the wall.
Hold your branch up against the wall and note the points where it rests flush against the wall. You’ll need two points that are spaced more or less evenly apart.
Once you’ve found these spots, mark them with a pencil, then lay your branch flat on the table and screw in a triangle ring picture hanger at each point.
My driftwood was fairly soft, so I was able to screw these straight in without pre-drilling a hole.
Hold the branch against the wall again, making sure it’s level, then put a pencil mark inside the top of each triangle ring where it touches the wall. These two pencil marks are where you will now add your picture hooks.
With the hooks nailed into place, hang your branch against the wall and take a moment to admire your own handiwork!
Now it’s time to hang the gift boxes from the branch.
You’ll need to add a length of hanging ribbon (or cord or string) at the top of each box. Cut this extra piece to length, then simply knot it onto the existing ribbon at the top of the gift box.
I played around with placing the knot behind the box to keep it out of sight, but make sure you keep it toward the very top – if you place your knot too far down, the gift will tilt forward once it’s hung.
I found it easiest to take the branch off the wall at this point, and lay out the gift boxes beneath it as I went, varying the length of that hanging ribbon to create a pleasing arrangement. You’ll want some gifts to hang higher, and some lower.
It may take a little bit of tweaking – so don’t knot the ribbons onto the branch just yet; once it’s hung on the wall you may want to adjust the hanging heights again.
I used a bow or slip knot so I could easily adjust the hanging lengths.
With all the gift boxes in place, hang your branch and make any last tweaks so they sit beautifully.
I love how this wall hanging came together. It’s such a cheap and simple way to add a beautiful Christmas focal point to your room.
No special skills needed – if you can wrap a present, you can do this!
If you enjoyed this tutorial, you may also like to check out this fun Christmas wall hanging idea:
To all my dear readers, I wish you a joyful and blessed Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus.
I’m looking forward to hanging out with you again in the New Year as we continue our creative journey toward a beautiful, organised home.
Wishing you a house full of sunshine,
Elise Laney says
You know I am a sucker for DIY gift wrap!!! 🙂
Carl Wright says
I would have to go for a tree branch Karen, as I am a couple thousand kilometers from the ocean here in Canada. A great project and would make a wonderful focal point! 🙂
Karen Schravemade says
Lol, yes that could present a challenge! Thanks for stopping in all the way from Canada, and for your kind words! 🙂
Carl Wright says
You are most welcome Karen. It is my pleasure! 🙂