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Glowing Gift Boxes

Glowing Gift Boxes

Photography: Matthew Hranek

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2003

Introduction

When it comes to decorative outdoor lighting, let the architecture and landscape of your house -- along with your imagination and our ideas -- guide you. With little effort, you can give your home extra holiday sparkle. Familiar electric lights are transformed with ease. Lit from within, these presents suggest magical snow sculptures.

materials

  • Battery-powered candle or outdoor-safe light fixture

  • Plastic box

  • Waterproofed fabric ribbon

  • Scissors

  • Electrical tape

  • Utility knife

steps

  1. Using a utility knife, cut a small hole in one side of a ready-made plastic box to provide ventilation. Anchor a battery-powered candle or outdoor-safe light fixture in the hole.

  2. Cut waterproofed fabric ribbon long enough to wrap around three sides of box, leaving extra to be secured with electrical tape inside the box. Repeat with additional lengths of ribbon, imitating a wrapped gift.

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  3. Tie a bow, and affix it to the box top with tape.

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