DIY Log Cabin Gift Wrap

Got a mountain lover among you? Help them channel their inner lumberjack with a DIY gift box made to look like a charmingly rustic log cabin. Using paper straws as miniature "logs," this cozy little cabin looks surprisingly lifelike and gives off some serious cocoa-in-front-of-the-fire vibes. Chop down your holiday gift-wrapping list in one fell swoop because this one's guaranteed to be an over the hills and through the woods hit.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Things You'll Need

  • Kraft paper gable box (4 3/4" x 8" x 8")

  • Wood grain paper straws, 3 packs of 25

  • Hot glue gun

  • Scissors

  • Cake boards (or scrap cardboard)

  • Masking or painter's tape

  • Wood grain pattern or brown paper

  • Black cardstock or paper

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 1

Before getting started, be sure to place your present inside the gable gift box, and then close the box by securing the flaps at the top.

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Step 2

Using a hot glue gun, glue paper straws to the sides of the box. To get the more rustic stacked log look, we slightly staggered the placement of the straws versus gluing all of them uniformly on top of each other.

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Tip

We used straws that had a wood grain pattern (found in the party section at our local craft store), but you could use plain brown kraft paper straws, or you could spray paint paper straws a brown color.

Trim the straws as needed to fit the shorter sides of the box.

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Step 3

To make the roof, cut two cake boards or scrap cardboard pieces to the same width as the long sides of the gable box, and tape them together with masking or painter's tape.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)
(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 4

Place the roof on top of the box. Trim off any excess overhang from the sides if the roof is too long.

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Secure the cake boards in place by gluing them to the four corners where they touch the top of the box.

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Step 5

Cut two pieces of wood grain pattern paper (or plain brown paper) the same size as the roof, and glue them on.

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Step 6

Glue a door to the front of the cabin and windows to the sides of the cabin. To make the door, we simply cut out a small rectangle from black paper and glued the same wood grain straws around it to create a door frame.

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To make the windows, we cut out six small strips of black paper and glued them together to form a window pane shape.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Feel festive as you place this gift box under the tree, as we guarantee the person who receives it is going to love opening their adorable mini log home.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)
(Image: Trisha Sprouse)
(Image: Trisha Sprouse)