Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DIY: Poinsettia Gift Box Favors


These festive boxes can serve double duty as both favors and place cards at your Christmas dinner. Make them by following the simple steps below and they will add a lovely finishing touch to your table setting.



Here's what you'll need:


  • Gold favor boxes with lids - I purchased mine from the party/wedding section of Michaels.
  • Ribbon
  • Faux poinsettia flowers (blossoms approximately 2.5" in diameter)
  • Gift tags printed out on card stock (download the file here)
  • Fine point sharpie marker
  • Scissors
  • Christmas M&Ms
  • Hot glue gun
Step 1: Assemble the boxes and lids.


Step 2: Fill the boxes with M&Ms.


Step 3: Cut a piece of ribbon 20" long and tie it around the box as if you are wrapping a present. Only tie the ribbon once as you don't want a bulky knot on top. Place a drop of hot glue on top to secure the ribbon. Try to make the glue as flat as possible. Once the glue has set, trim the ends of the ribbon.


Step 4: Cut off a faux poinsettia blossom and a leaf from the bunch you purchased. Cut the flower stem off as close to the petals as possible. If there is a plastic star shaped piece on the back of the flower, remove it to reduce bulk.


Step 5: Cut out a green tag from the sheet you printed on card stock and use a fine tip Sharpie marker to write the recipient's name on the tag. Punch a hole in the end of the tag.


Step 6: Place some hot glue on the center ribbon knot on top of the box. Center the punched hole of the tag over the glue and press it in place (but don't touch the glue!), make sure to orient it on the diagonal over one of the corners of the box. Glue the leaf in place with the exposed glue in the center of tag's punched hole. Orient the leaf on the diagonal opposite the tag.


Step 7: Place a ring of glue on top of the leaf as pictured below.


Step 8: Press the poinsettia flower into the glue, orient it so that the tag is visible between the flower petals. Because the stem and securing plastic have been removed, you may find that the top layer(s) of petals and/or the center of the flower become loose. If this is the case, simple glue them back into place.


Step 9: Set a beautiful table for Christmas dinner!

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