How to: Create Typographic Holiday Gift Toppers with a Shoe Box

How to: Create Typographic Holiday Gift Toppers with a Shoe Box

Looking for a super easy holiday DIY to tackle over the weekend? Try these typographic gift toppers made from the cardboard scraps of a shoe box.    

If you can cut out cardboard, you can recreate this project. All you need are a few supplies.

Here's how the finished project turned out...

Ready to get started? Here's the tutorial for these glittery holiday gift toppers...


  • Recycled (thin) cardboard from a shoe box or cereal box
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Hole Punch (optional)
  • Paint Brush (optional)
  • Xacto Knife or Scissors
  • Pencil

How To:

1. Cut a large piece of cardboard from a shoe box or cereal box. Then, draw out the first letter of the first name of everyone on your gift list this year. You can do last name's instead, if you prefer.

2. Cut out the letters with an Xacto knife or pair of scissors.

3. Then, coat each letter in a thin layer of glue. Use a paint brush to apply the glue evenly if needed.

4. Next, pour glitter over each letter, individually, until covered. *Make sure to do this over another surface (like an extra piece of cardboard) to keep the glitter mess to a minimum. 

5. Once dry, repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other side.

6. Wait for the glue to dry again, then shake off remaining glitter. Punch a hole in the top of each letter and add a string. Tie to a gift and you're done.

This gift toppers also doubles as an ornament once the present is unwrapped.

Have any other DIY ideas for how to use old shoe boxes during the holidays? Leave a comment below with your ideas.

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