Christmas Craft: Miniature Christmas Presents

These miniature Christmas presents are super-easy to make, and a bunch of them grouped together have a nice impact!
Miniature Christmas Presents: An easy DIY! Perfect for bottle brush trees, decorative sleighs and fairy gardens!



Miniature Christmas Presents – tutorial

This year I purchased a set of bottle brush trees and felt like they needed some miniature Christmas presents, so that’s how this craft came to be!


  • Tiny unfinished wood blocks, 1 inch
  • Craft paints in assorted colors
  • Small paint brushes
  • Small plastic lids (to hold paint)
  • Baker’s twine in assorted colors
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper

Notes about the supplies:

I found the 1-inch blocks at the home improvement store, in a section containing various tiny pieces for craft and hobby projects! Score! They had all kinds of tiny spools, blocks, knobs, bits and bobs!
unfinished wood blocks, 1 inch, found at the home improvement store
The small plastic lids I suggest to hold paint are so much easier than paper plates. I actually wrote a blog post about it which you can read here: Don’t Flip Your Lid: A Quick Tip for Craft Paints

Let’s begin!

Step One: Look over the wood blocks, and sand any rough parts. 

I only had to do this for two blocks, so this is more of a preparation step.

Check your unfinished wood blocks for any rough edges and sand those down.

Step Two: Paint the wood blocks in colors of your choosing. Do two coats. Let dry.

I chose bright green, metallic silver, metallic turquoise and metallic red. My paints are all from DecoArt.
(This isn’t a sponsored post, but for full disclosure I am on DecoArt’s blogging team, in part because I absolutely love how well their paints work and their variety of finishes. Each of these paints dried within minutes, making this step very quick.)
Christmas Craft: Miniature Christmas Presents DIY

A: Paint three sides in a row, then place down onto your wax paper to dry while you move onto the next block. Repeat until all blocks have three painted sides.

B: Next, repeat the entire process on the same just-painted three sides of each block.

C: Paint the remaining three sides of each block, in the same manner outlined above.

Doing it this way helps you have some unpainted sides to hold onto, and also helps you see which sides have two coats versus which sides need a second coat.

I let these blocks dry overnight, but you could easily begin the next step after a few hours.

Step Three: Tie up your “Christmas packages” with decorative baker’s twine. 

Tie up miniature Christmas presents with baker's twine!

I used a metallic gold twine, metallic silver twine, and a traditional red-and-white twine. The gold and silver twines are from American Crafts, and the red-and-white twine is from a tasty pie my Mother-in-law brought us from her local bakery on a recent visit. “I save everything. I am not a hoarder!” is what I may or may not have said to my quizzical husband. 

And that’s it! You have an assortment of pretty miniature Christmas packages!

Christmas Craft: Miniature Christmas Presents DIY

Suggested ways to display:

  • Place in your miniature fairy gardens
  • Put a few boxes among your Christmas village scenes
  • Stick a few around your bottle brush tree displays
  • Top off a small decorative sleigh
  • Place on your mantel, tucked among Christmas greens
  • Stack them up in the back of a vintage toy pickup truck
  • Fill up a clear glass jar
  • Use as little placecard favors for your holiday gathering
  • Place on a windowsill
  • Attach a loop – made of the same baker’s twine – and hang on your tree

I fell in love with these miniature Christmas gifts, and ended up making another set!

Here’s a few ways that I’m displaying these this year . . .

Make Your Own Miniature Christmas Presents with this easy DIY!
DIY Miniature Christmas Presents to go with your bottle brush trees!
DIY Miniature Christmas Presents to go with your bottle brush trees!
DIY Miniature Christmas Presents to fill up a decorative sleigh!
Happy holiday crafting!



    • says

      Thanks Kathy! 🙂 I use a really primitive (pun intended) backdrop setup to take my photos: a white foam board I picked up from the craft store and white copy paper as the “floor” that the projects sit on. Mother Nature provides the awesome natural light in our breakfast room where I take my project shots! 🙂

    • says

      What a fantastic idea, Kristin! Love, love, love it! I found the blocks at Lowe’s — our store has an incredible “Specialty Hard to Find” section in the Hardware aisle – lots of drawers filled with bits and bobs of all types! (Hoping all Lowe’s stores have this!) Can’t wait to see what you and your girls create!

  1. says

    These are so cute and I can think of many ways that I could use them around my house for decorating. I will have to save wood scraps to make a few for next year.

  2. says

    These are so cute!! I love how you’ve used them in your displays too! Thanks for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow party and it’s been a pleasure to be a part of this Craft showcase with you!
    House on the Way

  3. says

    Your little presents are adorable, such a cute idea. I wrapped some blocks in Christmas wrap, but I’m such a terrible wrapper, I had to turn the blocks to hide the gaps- this would have been so much better!!!

  4. says

    Sooo Cute! I need to get some of these cuz that darned Elf on the Shelf is coming back today and I need something for him to do 🙂


    • says

      Thanks Samantha – definitely let me know how yours turn out! There’s so many neat ideas to customize them, I bet your daughters will create some fun little gifts!

  5. says

    Love these tiny little gift boxes. Your idea of putting them in a Fairy Garden. I have a Fairy Garden and these are going to be perfect touch! Thanks, Laura!

    • says

      Ooooh…. Laura, I’m so jealous! Making a fairy garden has been on my list for quite some time now, and I bet these miniature presents will look darling in yours! 🙂