DIY Outdoor Lighted Holiday Gift Boxes



With a front porch that is over 200 sq ft, finding outdoor Christmas decorations to fill it up is nearly impossible on a budget. They are either way overpriced or so small that it would take many, many items to fill up the space. I've always loved the lighted holiday gift boxes found at stores like Menards and Home Depot but not only are they way too small, they cost nearly $40 for 3 teeny tiny boxes. Instead of purchasing overpriced cookie cutter outdoor holiday gift boxes for our front porch, my handsome handy husband and I built them. 

We created the frame of the boxes out of 1x4's and spray painted the wood so it wouldn't show through as much. We then wrapped each frame with twinkle lights and stapled the cords to the wood so they wouldn't move around. 

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I found the decorative mesh ribbon at Sam's Club but I'm sure something similar can be found at most of the craft stores. 

The boxes are on the heavier side which is good for our Midwest winters. The smaller boxes made of wire available at the stores would probably disappear in our first snow storm. I like my neighbors, but not enough to share my holiday porch decorations with them.

This DIY project only requires cut pieces of 1x4 wood, a hammer and nail to nail them together, and a staple gun to staple the twinkle lights and mesh ribbon on to the wood. Super easy and super affordable! Just make sure you have a place to store them (depending on how large you make them)! :) 

Sorry about the yucky picture!

1.0   Amanda
11/12/2013 7:58:01 AM
What are the size of the boxes?
  1.1   Rose
11/12/2013 9:04:44 AM
18” cube, 24” cube and 36” cube
2.0   Anonymous
10/18/2015 8:25:05 PM
How do ya change out the lights when they stop work'n?
  2.1   Rose
10/22/2015 6:40:39 AM
Well I guess we would have to start all over and replace the entire strand. We haven't encountered that yet. The mesh doesn't last forever though depending on how the winter goes. I imagine when the lights stop working, it will be about time to replace the mesh too.
3.0   Anonymous
10/22/2015 6:29:41 AM
How did you wrap the boxes? In other words, did you go from side to side over lapping the top or did you cover the top and wrap the mesh around the sides?
  3.1   Rose
10/22/2015 6:38:22 AM
We covered the top first and then wrapped it all the way around the sides. I didn't overlap because I wanted the lights to shine thru evenly all over.
4.0   Laira
10/22/2015 10:48:07 AM
Ohhh lightbulb! I have a couple of milk crate cubes that I could use for this! Thanks for the inspiration!
  4.1   Michele
11/27/2015 5:20:49 PM
5.0   Gina
10/22/2015 12:16:13 PM
Love this idea. I'm headed to Home Depot for the wood. We made indoor boxes out of clear glass squares they sell at HD drilled a whole in the side and slid a string of lights in. Tied wired ribbon like a gift box and they look so pretty lit up. Your boxes will be perfect for outdoors.Thanks
6.0   Anonymous
11/8/2016 8:39:03 AM
I used hinges on the corner so I can fold them up when I'm done with them.
  6.1   Rose
11/9/2016 7:16:35 AM
That's an awesome idea!
7.0   Nancy
12/6/2016 3:03:17 PM
I used a couple of plastic milk crates we had - have quite a few with records in them - I did wrap the mesh a couple of times to hide seeing too much of the milk crate - worked really well and the lights shine through...
8.0   XRumerTest
5/14/2017 5:13:04 PM
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