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Easy DIY Wooden Presents (Faux Christmas Presents)

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These easy DIY wooden presents are so cute! You can make a set using scrap wood but even if you need to buy wood the total cost is under $10 for the whole project. You’ll love making up these faux Christmas presents they are perfect for decorating your mantle, side table or even tucking next to your Christmas tree.

I have always loved the look of simple rustic Christmas decorations, don’t you?

They just fit in so well with a farmhouse style Christmas!

We wanted something new to decorate our mantle this year and decided to make faux Christmas presents out of wood that we already had on hand.

Quick and easy wooden presents text overlaid on a photo of 3 wooden gifts on a mantel sourounded by greenery.

If you have leftover wood from other projects this is a great way to use them up and makes this a great budget-friendly Christmas craft!

It’s perfect for beginners too because it only needs basic tools, even a hand saw will work.

How To Make DIY Wooden Presents


Step 1. Prep The Wood

To get started you’ll want to prep your wood. Start by cutting your 1 x 6 boards to length. We wanted to have 3 different sizes so went with a small 5 1/2 inch, 9 inch and 14 inch.

After cutting sand all edges smooth and wipe them clean of dust before decorating.

Step 2. Stain or Paint

Staining the wooden block with walnut stain using a foam paint brush.
Stain or paint the wooden blocks.

Your next step will be to stain or paint the wood. We decided to go with a walnut stain but you could also paint the wood a dark brown.

Stain the top and edges of the wood. Then wipe off the extra stain with a rag. Set it aside to dry, once it’s fully dry turn the wood over and stain the backside.

You could skip staining the backs of the present boxes but I wanted to make sure they were done on the front and back. That way it would be easier to place them anywhere even if the back could be seen.

Step 3. Add Some Ribbon

Holding the blue ribbon over the board to messure for lenght.
Cut your ribbon to fit around the wooden block.

Next, we are going to add the ribbon! I bought mine from the dollar store and will be using 2 kinds for this project.

On the smaller boxes, I’m using a sparkly blue ribbon that you can see through a little. I love how it looks with the walnut stain.

For the larger box, I’m using a burlap ribbon with a lace pattern down the center.

Measure and cut a length of ribbon that will wrap vertically over the present box and overlap a little in the back. Center it on the wood and turn the wood over so the back is facing up.

Pull the ribbon so that it’s tight on the front and glue it down securely.

Then cut another piece of ribbon that fits around the middle, center it and glue it down in the back so that the ends overlap.

Step 4. Add Embellishments

Wooden present decorated with ribbon, greenery and a berry.
Wooden present decorated with ribbon, greenery and a berry.

Turn the present box right side up and have some fun adding the embellishments that you like!

I wanted to use some simple greenery and berries.

Just hot glue the greenery down so that it looks like it’s coming from the center where the ribbon meets.

Finally, glue a bow or red berry over the end of the greenery.

Repeat the same steps for each present box you want to make.

These would look really cute with a red poinsettia glued in the center too!

Set of 3 homemade wooden presents decorated with blue ribbon, burlap ribbon, greenery, berries, and bells.
Set of 3 homemade wooden presents

I love how these wooden presents turned out! They are so easy to make that I’m planning to make up a few sets to add some Christmas fun to corners around our home.

Yield: 3

DIY Wooden Presents

DIY Wooden Presents

You’ll love these cute DIY wooden presents! You can easily make a set using scrap wood but even if you needed to buy the wood the total cost would be well under $10 for the entire project. You’ll love making these rustic faux Christmas presents to decorate your fireplace mantel, side table or tucking around your Christmas tree.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5.00


  • 1 x 6 - cut to 5 1/2”
  • 1 x 6 - cut to 9”
  • 1 x 6 - cut to 14”
  • Ribbon
  • Greenery
  • Berries
  • Hot glue



  1. Cut your 1 x 6 boards to length and sand the edges smooth, wipe off any dust.
  2. Stain the front and sides of the wood with the walnut stain and wipe off the extra. Repeat this for each wooden present ou are making, then set them aside to dry.
  3. Once they are fully dry turn them over and stain the backs, again leave them until they are fully dry.
  4. Measure a length of ribbon to fit vertically around the present box and another that wraps around horizontally.
  5. Center the vertical ribbon, turn the wooden present over and glue the ends down. Then line up the horizontal ribbon were you want it around the middle or closer to the top on taller presents looks really pretty. Glue the ends down securely.
  6. Turn the gift right side up and using hot glue, glue down some greenery, berries or jingle bells to the center of the ribbon.

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