Budget-Friendly 10 Minute Christmas Box Lights
When unexpected guests tell you they’ll be popping round later and you haven’t decorated for Christmas yet, then these 10-minute Christmas box lights are just the thing you need.
They look lovely on the mantle.
Or if you’re entertaining outside, tuck them in amongst your plants.
You can even hang them up.
Once you see how quick and easy these beauties are to put together, you’ll be making them for every occasion that needs something a little special.
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What you need
You can use any type of paper for these 10-minute Christmas box lights. I used semi-glossy pearlescent sheets, but old newspapers, wallpaper scraps, and even baking paper will all look lovely. See what you have in your craft cupboard. Just a heads up, if you’re using glossy paper, check your printer setting before printing. I forgot so mine are a little smudged 😀 You’ll also need:
- Glue or scrapbook double sided tape
- Jewelry Wire (14 or 16 gauge) or ribbon
- Beads (optional)
How to make 10-minute Christmas box lights
The finished square boxes measure 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm (3″ x 3″) so a single sheet of A4 or letter-sized paper will give you two Christmas box lights. I designed Christmas-themed images and text and printed them onto the paper before folding. You can design your own or draw the images. It’s entirely up to you. To download the images you can click on the links below:
Please let me know if there’s a problem with the Letter-sized printable. We use A4 in South Africa so I couldn’t test it.
To see how easy it is to fold the box lights watch the video below.
Or, if you prefer reading the step-by-step instructions then here you go. Using the box cut-out template provided in the printable…….
…..fold the paper in half to the flap mark as shown below.
Fold the shorter half side (the non-flap side) inwards towards the fold mark.
Then fold the shorter half side over the halfway fold. Fold the flap end to meet the half mark.
Fold the little flap over.
You should end up with something like this.
Flip the paper over so the image faces downwards and fold the bottom end over.
Cut on the bottom fold marks.
Put double-sided tape or glue on the flap ……
And tape or glue the side of the box shape together.
Use tape or glue to close the bottom of the box.
Adding wire and beads
To hang the 10-minute Christmas box lights, you can use ribbon or jewelry wire. I found with lightweight paper the wire helps it keep its shape better. Cut the wire into 20 – 25 cm (8.5″ – 9.5″) pieces.
Use a toothpick to make a small hole on opposite sides of the box. Insert a piece of jewelry wire into one of the holes.
Insert the other end of the wire into the hole on the opposite side and bend over to secure.
You can thread a few beads onto the wire or bend the wire into squiggly shapes to add interest. Feel free to play around.
Pop in a battery-operated fairy light and you’re all done.
Hang them from a few dried branches for a beautiful no-fuss, rustic look.
Or you can pop them on the mantle or a shelf.
And they look so lovely when the lights are turned down low.
I’m thinking of doing something similar for Easter and changing the graphics. What do you think? Where would you put yours?
If you like the idea of making these quick and easy 10-minute Christmas box lights, don’t forget to pin them for later.
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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Have a wonderful Christmas and see you in the new year. Thank you for popping in for a visit.
18 thoughts on “Budget-Friendly 10 Minute Christmas Box Lights”
These are adorable, and so simple! Love your video Michelle, and it sounds so peaceful there with all the birds chirping!
We do have a very, very active bird community in our garden 😀 If you listen really carefully you can hear the paradise flycatcher in the background. He was flitting around my head with his long tail looking for a mate while I was making these. So special.
Michelle I am really surprised that it is just plain paper. I thought it was some sort of fancy vinyl. It just goes to show you can work wonders with simple items.
Here’s to good old fashioned paper 😉
These are so pretty Michelle! I can totally see these on a fireplace mantel with fresh evergreens, dried oranges, and cranberry garland. Dang, now I wish I hadn’t already decorated our mantel…next year! Pinned 🙂
Oh wow, yes, wouldn’t that look lovely, especially if they’re nestling in amongst the greenery.
Michelle, these are adorable. They could be used throughout the seasons with other designs! Great tutorial!
I was thinking the same thing 😉
Awww! Love these! Will be making some with my g’littles!
Oh, you’re going to have so much fun. I wish I had little people to draw pics for some box lights. That would make it so special.
Love these sweet boxes, Michelle! They would be beautiful in a Christmas tree as well! You always have great tutorials! Thank you!
I wish I had a Christmas tree to hang them in, but our purr babies treat those things as their personal obstacle course that needs to be destroyed as quickly as possible 😀
I have been wanting to make something like this. Yours turned out so charming
Thank you, Maria. I love how they turned out and they look so pretty at night.
These are so cute. I’m gonna remember them next year for my patio.
Thank you, Rosemary. They’re good for all kinds of celebrations
Those are gorgeous Michelle! But just trying to peel double sided tape would slow this project down for me from 10 minutes to half an hour lol! Knowing me, I’d just put my guests to work.
LOL Sara, I had to make that video 3 times because I struggled to peel the double-sided tape and thought I was the only clueless person who couldn’t get the protective bitty off 😀