DIY Light-Up Rudolph Gift Wrap

Give the holly jolliest gift in an adorable Rudolph-wrapped box that lights up. Sure, that old familiar face is known for guiding Santa's sleigh, but his glowing nose will also brighten your holiday gathering with all the festive feels. Gift recipients are sure to squeal, "Oh, deer!" with delight.

Light-up Rudolph gift wrap
(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Things You'll Need

  • Gift box

  • Brown craft paper

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • LED tea candle

  • Red craft paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Duct tape

  • Felt or cardstock (black and red)

  • Hot glue gun

  • White colored pencil or paint pen

  • Twigs

  • Ribbon and bow

Light-up Rudolph gift wrap
(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 1

Wrap the gift box in brown craft paper. Be sure to wrap the top and bottom separately, so you can access the top, which will house the candle.

Top and bottom of gift box wrapped in craft paper
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Step 2

Use the tip of the scissors to poke a hole in the center of the top portion of the box.

Poking hole in center of box top
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Step 3

Lightly paint the flame part of the LED candle with red craft paint. You don't want to use too much paint, as it'll be too opaque, and the candlelight won't be able to shine through. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Painting LED candle flame red
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Step 4

Poke the flame of the candle through the hole you made in the top portion of the box.

Pushing candle flame through hole in gift box
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Tape the candle in place inside the box with duct tape.

Taping LED candle inside top of box
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Step 5

Cut out the eyes and nose for Rudolph's face from either felt or cardstock. You'll need to cut two small U-shapes for the eyes and a circle for the nose.

Eyes and nose cut out form felt
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Step 6

Cut a 1/2-inch slit in the center of the nose.

Cutting slit in nose
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Slide the nose over the flame on top of the box. Glue the nose and eyes in place.

Gluing eyes and nose to gift box
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Step 7

Use either a white pencil or paint pen to draw a V-shape above Rudolph's nose, and then draw little white lines inside to create the illusion of reindeer fur.

Drawing white lines to create fur on gift box
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Step 8

Glue twigs in place on the top of Rudolph's head to serve as antlers. If you can't find twigs that have a natural antler shape, simply glue two twigs together.

Twigs glued to top of box for antlers
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Step 9

Top the gift box off with a ribbon and bow taped a few inches below Rudolph's nose. It'll make it look like he's wearing a cute little collar.

Taping ribbon and bow below nose
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Now all that's left to do is wait impatiently until it's time to open presents. Simply switch on the candle right before you place your Rudolph-wrapped gift on the present pile, and watch the recipient's face light up with joy and wonder!

Light-up Rudolph gift wrap
(Image: Trisha Sprouse)
Light-up Rudolph gift wrap
(Image: Trisha Sprouse)
Light-up Rudolph gift wrap
(Image: Trisha Sprouse)
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