For the sturdiest of DIY lighted Christmas presents, wood frames work best! Follow our step by step guide below to assemble your wooden boxes, then wrap your presents with vivid led lights and outdoor rated fabric. After your project is complete, place your glowing gifts in the yard to create a high impact outdoor Christmas lights display and spread holiday cheer throughout the entire neighborhood this year!
Materials and Tools Needed
The materials list below is based on creating a total of 3 lighted Christmas presents, sized 12 x 15", 18 x 21" and 24 x 27."
2" Deck Screws (1lb box)
Nail-In Cable Clips (Bag of 100)
Sheer Shower Curtain or Outdoor Rated Fabric (3)
Heavy Duty Stapler
How To Create Your Set Of 3 Lighted Gift Boxes
STEP 1: Cut 2x2x10's into the following:
Small Box-(12) 2x2x12"
Medium Box-(12) 2x2x18" + (2) 2x2x15" as support
Large Box-(12) 2x2x24" + (2) 2x2x21" as support
STEP 3: Screw together 4 pieces of the same size wood to form a box as shown below. The outside pieces should have the pre-drilled screw holes. Repeat to create the top and the bottom of your frame.
STEP 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each size box. As pictured below, use the 2 extra pieces of wood as supports at the top of the medium and larger boxes, screw them into the top of the frame 4 to 6 inches from one side. This creates a base allowing the boxes to sit on top of each other.
STEP 7: Starting at a bottom corner () use the cable clips to attach the lights to the box at your marks from step 6. Continue around the outside of each leg as you work your way from the bottom of the box to the top. You'll want to make sure you leave enough slack in the cord to connect your light string to the outlet and/or box below.
STEP 8: Once your boxes are wrapped in lights make sure that all your connections line up from box to box. It might be easiest to do this as you go, by ensuring that the male end of the middle box can easily connect to the female plug at the top of your bottom box. The smallest box will then connect to the female plug at the top of your middle box.
STEP 9: Wrap your frames using shower curtains our outdoor fabric. This is a very similar technique to wrapping presents. Use the staple gun to attach the shower curtain to the bottom of the frame but make sure to leave the bottom area open.