DIY: Fabric-Covered Christmas Tree Box

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

I love creating holiday decorations that can also be used long after Christmas is over, which is exactly the case with this DIY project. During the holidays, display festive tabletop Christmas trees in these patterned-fabric boxes, then re-purpose them later as storage containers for all your random odds and ends.

DIY Fabric Christmas Tree Box
DIY Fabric Christmas Tree Box Tutorial

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DIY Fabric Christmas Tree Box

• 6-inch potted trees (the ones featured here are lemon cypress)
• 6″ x 6″ cardboard boxes
• Your favorite Minted fabrics (We used “The Hunter” by Stacey Meacham and “Painterly Ikat” by Alethea and Ruth)
• Mod Podge
• Sponge brush
• Scissors
• Ruler

DIY Fabric Christmas Tree Box Tutorial


1. Cut off the tops of box.

2. To make a “plus sign”-shaped piece of fabric, place the box in the center of the fabric, then measure 8 inches from the edge of box on all four sides.

3. Next, add one extra inch to all four sides (making the plus-sign shape one inch larger on all sides), then cut the fabric to this size.

4. Using a sponge brush, apply Mod Podge to one side of the box. Fold in the fabric as you would with giftwrap: Pull the fabric up and affix it to the box, smoothing out any bubbles. Fold the excess fabric over the box rim; apply Mod Podge to the inside of the box and affix fabric.

DIY Fabric Christmas Tree Box Tutorial

5. At the base of the box, cut a small slit on both corners of the fabric, almost to the box (this will allow you to fold the fabric over and make a clean edge).

6. Apply Mod Podge to next box side, then take the extra allowance of fabric around the side of the box, creating a nice, clean corner. Next, pull the length of fabric up and smooth out.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the remaining sides.

8. On the final side, make sure to fold down both edges to create nice, clean edges before you affix the fabric to the box side.

9. Apply Mod Podge to the fabric folded over the inside of the box to make sure the fabric is secure. Let dry for a few hours.

10. Slide in your tree and you have yourself a perfect holiday decoration!

photos by Sara Albers

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