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Decorative Gift Boxes


Subject:Arts & Humanities
Grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Brief Description
Students use different materials to decorate boxes for gifts.


Students use different common materials to decorate boxes for gifts.


holiday, crafts, gift, boxes, December, Christmas

Materials Needed

  • teacher- or student-collected boxes of different sizes
  • student-selected art materials to decorate boxes (for example, scraps of wrapping paper, pieces of ribbon)
  • scissors
  • glue

Lesson Plan

  • Before the lesson, save boxes (for example, shoe boxes) or ask students to collect boxes for the project.
  • Briefly discuss different types of holiday boxes. Let students choose materials to decorate the boxes. Encourage creativity!
Variation 1: Have students cover the boxes completely with wrapping paper or tissue paper and add decorations.


Observe students' participation in the project.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Visual Arts:

Originally published 11/08/2001
Last updated 10/29/2010