Christmas Gift Box Topiaries

This is a little project I designed that I'm calling Gift Box Topiaries
You can use them as a gift, 
or you can put gifts in each box, 
or just use as decoration year after year.

Each box is attached to the lid below it so they come apart for you to fill with your gifts, 
candy or whatever.
Here's a rundown of the process...

I ordered bulk paper mache' boxes in sets of three.
The boxes are 8", 10" and 12" in a set or 
4", 6" and 8" in a set

and large craft birds.

Primed and painted the boxes with base coats. 
I used spray paint for this and also spray painted the insides for a finished look

For the bases, I gathered wooden pieces and parts and played around 
with them until I had bases for all of the topiaries

Here are most of the bases all primed with spray primer and ready for paint

 Here are some of the lids as I was painting....
 This set of lids goes to the boxes that are decoupaged with the vintage sheet music
After these were painted I glazed them to give them an
antiqued look to match the sheet music.

Here's my connect the dots technique I use to paint quick diamonds.

I hardly ever measure diamonds unless I want a really precise look... I usually just wing it. 

To start, for the first diamond,  I tap on a tiny dot of paint with the end of the paint brush...
one where I want the top of the diamond, and one for the bottom.  
Then I decide how wide I want it to be and put two dots in the middle...
Once you have your first diamond "dotted" out, then it's really easy 
to make alternating dots.... eyeballing the spacing for the rest of the diamonds.

Then you connect the dots and fill in with paint.

  To me this is much faster than measuring and drawing out.
 I personally like a more handpainted look so it doesn't bother me if they aren't precise. 
I think when you look at it overall, they always look spaced pretty evenly

 To embellish the tops of boxes I added various elements...
I used feathers....some from feather boas 
and others from this feather duster. I just pulled out feathers as I needed them

I also gussied up all the artificial birds with glitter glue that I brushed 
or dotted on to give them a little extra sparkle

I also added different craft picks, beads and/or artificial leaves along with the birds.

I've been seeing the sheet music used everywhere so 
I followed the trend and made one with vintage sheet music. 
And check this out...

I did  not even notice this was the song until the Mod Podge 
was on and I was about to apply it to the box! 
How cool is that?....meant to be!

I ended up making six of the large size topiaries 
and four of  the small boxes...
 all in various designs

Another one with sheet music but this time just on the lids.
This one has the freehand diamonds.

The base is a wooden bowl and a wooden round piece glued and screwed together

Some fun, funky green ones....

The plaid one on the left is a star shape and it's base is an upside down planter.

Top of the plaid star boxes

More bright, fun ones with "painted" ribbons as if the boxes were wrapped.

The small one on the left has a wood candlestick as the base.
The large square on the right has a 
wooden bowl and a wooden plate piece for the base

Another star shaped version. 
For this one I used a stamp and added little dots along with the stamped design. 

I didn't use ink but dabbed paint onto the stamp and applied.  
It gave it a very uneven image which was perfect s
o I followed suit by painting the the rest of the box with a distressed gold finish.

These Topiary gift boxes were a Guest Blogger project at Infarrantly Creative


  1. thanks for your cool comment on my MacKenzie Childs chair and tuffet. I have much more of that kind of stuff so stay close. I love your box display and you have given me inspiration to do a set of these. Love your style. Terry

  2. Oh wow! These are fabulous!!! This was so on my to do list for this year and I am so bummed that I never got around to making any. Yours are some of the best I've seen.

  3. I realize it is well after Christmas, but I just found your blog and am so glad I did. You are amazing and just looking through your site has inspired me to get off my tush and start creating. I love the gift box topiaries and plan on creating my own version for valentines day...just don't hold me to that! Perhaps Easter. Thank you for the inspiration! Daniela

  4. All the details make it and adding bases is so smart! What a great idea.

  5. These are so adorable! I too am in love with the little bases! I featured this post today over at Scribbles and Swirls and am your newest follower. Hope you will follow me as well!
    Thanks for the inspiration!


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