Create A Holiday String Box

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5 Hours

I have always loved seeing handmade string wrapped balls and string wrapped cone shaped trees for the holidays. They are quite popular and easy to make for Christmas decorations! You can find lots and lots of tutorials on making them! But I'm having difficulty finding an easy to make tutorial for string wrapped boxes. You see the boxes everywhere - indoors and out - for the holidays - and can't you imagine how many different ways they can be decorated, too - perfect in any holiday decor!

It's Christmas in July! And I'm sharing an easy to make tutorial on how to Create A Holiday String Box.

A trendy and classy Christmas Decoration!

You can easily make your own with an empty Tissue Box, Plastic Wrap, Crochet Thread, and Aileen's Tacky Glue. So let's get started!

Take an empty tissue box . . .

and drape it in plastic wrap . . .

securing the plastic completely around the box.

Next, the easiest way I've found to wet the thread and at the same time remove excess glue while wrapping the box - with no mess or string tangling - is to take a thin, but strong upholstery needle and thread it with the end of a ball of crochet thread. Then take a small bottle of Aileen's Tacky glue (from Dollar Tree) and . .

punch the lower portion of the bottle with the threaded needle . . .

pulling the needle and thread through the bottle. Then remove the thread from the needle and . . .

secure the end thread to the box. Begin wrapping the tissue box with the thread while holding the glue bottle as you wrap - first vertically and . . .

then horizontally . . .

alternating how you wrap . . .

until . . .

you're satisfied with the look.

If you want, you can add additional tacky glue over the thread by dabbing more on with a sponge. Secure the end of the string with a string that's wrapped on the box and cut off the excess. You can store the glue bottle with the hole in a ziplock bag for future projects. Just add more glue, as needed.

Let the wrapped box dry for several hours or overnight on a surface that won't stick or simply hang up with a bit of excess thread until dry.

Once the string box is thoroughly dry, cut a flap on the narrow side to remove the cardboard box.

Use scissors to carefully cut the box into pieces to . . .

pull out and remove.

Turn box upside down to place flap on bottom.

Decorate with ribbon . . .

bow and trim!

You can insert remote control twinkle lights for a cool, festive and . . .

colorful look!

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  • Dii Sacco Dii Sacco on Jul 13, 2021

    Can this idea be used for a tree bird house ?

  • Maggie Mae Maggie Mae on Jul 15, 2021

    Does the plastic wrap from the tissue box stick to, and stay with the string

  • Bella Samo Bella Samo on Jul 21, 2021

    I love this holiday craft! Even a newbie like me can do it with your great instructions n photos. But you have not listed what kind of light you’ve installed in it or how you did it. I really want to see this through to make some this year as gifts! Awaiting your response. Thankfully, Bella😍


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  • Carey Carey on Aug 14, 2021

    This is such a nice idea! also a great idea for creating a gift box that can be enjoyed later as decor! or as a pass along gift box. I HATE to wrap, decorate & put all the effort into wrap that is only going to be tossed! This can be adjusted to the size of the gift! What an exciting idea! Thanks!!!

  • Gail@Purple Hues and Me Gail@Purple Hues and Me on Aug 14, 2021

    Great ideas, Carey! Thanks!