Tuesday, December 18, 2012

How to Make Lighted Christmas Presents for Outdoors

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I know everyone's busy at Christmas time but this project didn't take too long. Maybe you put it on your to-do list for next October or November so it's ready in time for Christmas. Once I had all my material it came together pretty quick.
Or you can go by one...
The gift boxes on the left are from Sears for $82.78. The boxes on the right are from Bed Bath & Beyond for $49.99.

Materials:
Wood for the frame ~ I had leftover pieces from another project.
Outdoor Lights ~ I used 3 boxes of 100 ct string lights ~ $5.00/box
Mesh Ribbon ~ I found my 18 inch wide ribbon on sale for 1/2 prices ~ $5.00
Ribbon ~ 25 feet ~ $2.49 (A STEAL!!!)
***Additional items: Miter saw, nail gun and compressor (or just a hammer and nails) and a stapler***

The measurements for my large frame were:
4 ~ 18 inch pieces
4 ~ 17 inch pieces
4 ~ 14 inch pieces

For the smaller frame they were:
4 ~ 12 inch pieces
8 ~ 11 inch pieces

You do not have to make them this exact size. I came up with these measurement because I was using scrap pieces of wood.
Once you have the frame of your boxes made start stapling the lights on. I used 2 boxes of the 100 ct string lights on my larger frame and 100 ct on my smaller box with plenty left over.
*** Careful not to push your staples through your light cords!!! ***
Next, cover the boxes with your fabric, stapling as you go along. I left the bottom side of my box open so I'm able to access my lights without having to remove everything.
Add your ribbon and bows. I made my own bow
to put on top from the leftover ribbon.
Here's a quick video on making your own ribbon if you need some help
Set them outside, plug them in and enjoy the lights!

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Becca

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33 comments:

  1. oh my gosh, this is amazing! i would never think to diy this, so good for you!

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  2. What an awesome project! This is so genius that it needs to be pinned! Merry Christmas.

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  3. Very cool idea - thanks for the idea!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  4. Christmas has ended recently, but I’ll keep this idea and use it next winter. Since the steps seem to be simple, I might improvise and decorate the boxes with designs that have other themes. I just love the photos you posted, and I’m excited to make my own ASAP. Haha!

    Regards,
    Allison Shallenberger

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  5. very cute idea...but what can they be weighted down with so they don't blow away in the wind?

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    1. I actually haven't had an issue with mine blowing away. With the wood frames they're fairly hefty. However if you have some extreme wind, maybe try adding some stakes or using sandbags if it's a concern.

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    2. you could use eye hook screwed in the bottom and stake them down.

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  6. what kind of fabric did you use?? They are fabulous by the way!!!!!

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    1. Sheer ribbon, if I remember is came 18" on a roll. You can find it around the holidays

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    2. Hello,
      Can you tell me what kind of fabric was used to wrap around the presents?
      Kventimiglia1@comcast.net

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    3. Yep, as mentioned in the last comment, sheer ribbon on an 18" roll. You can find it at craft stores and I've come across it at Walmart too.

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    4. my boxes are fantastic,used kreg jig,easy. but as far as the mesh,i find that the lights shine to much through the green mesh,would you suggest green lights.

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    5. I used a red transparent plastic sheet underneath the wide ribbon. This way you can't see the lights inside and it creates a glow effect. I built one 37" X 37" X 34". Looks way better than my other store bought ones i have, and bigger :-)

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  7. What did you use to put the pieces of wood together

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    1. if you can find or have a kerg jig (or kreg)not sure I know I just had to have one..sooo easy

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    2. A jig would work but if you don't have one just use screws.

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  8. I wanted to put them in my yard possibly but not sure how it would/would not work after a rainy day

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    1. I had these boxes two years ago, just put them out again this year. They've sat through lots of rain and plenty of ice and snow. They're still holding up!

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  9. Where can I find the wood pieces?

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  10. How do you make the frames?

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  11. What kind of fabric? Is that the mesh ribbon that is all around it?

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    1. Hi Donna - Yes, I used mesh ribbon. You should be able to find it at any craft store, especially during the holiday season.

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    2. you could probably use any sheer fabric that is heavy enough, even fabric that is not so sheer, as the lights would shine through at night anyway. that way you could use fabric that would look good in the day time too!

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  12. Love these. I just may steal it for two purposes...1) A simple way to put lights up outside, 2) A simple way to re-ignite the gift wrap wars my brother and I instituted many moons ago;-)

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  13. about how many yds of mesh ribbon was used?

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  14. I have been thinking about this for a few year. This can be made with PC pipe. Thanks for showing .

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