An old-fashioned brick fireplace with stockings hung by the chimney is a welcome sight during the holidays. This whimsical gift-wrap idea is the perfect way to capture the warmth of a mantel at Christmas. Santa not included.

Things You’ll Need

White wrapping paper
Red contact paper
Black paper
Craft glue
Hot glue

Step 1
Wrap your gift box in white wrapping paper.

Step 2
To make bricks for the fireplace, cut 1 inch x 2 1/2-inch strips of red contact paper. If your box is larger or smaller, you can adjust this size accordingly. You can also use regular red paper, but the contact paper is already adhesive, which saves you the step of applying glue.

Step 3
Peel the lining from the contact paper strips. Apply the strips onto the front of the white box. Leave a little white space between each strip, and between each row, to create the brick’s “grout.” The bricks should be staggered every row as well, instead of being lined up perfectly. Wrap the bricks around the sides of the box as well, but you do not need to cover the back.

Step 4
Cut a piece of black paper for your firebox opening and glue it to the bottom of the fireplace.

Step 5
Cut out stocking shapes from various colors of felt, and cut out collars for the stockings with white felt. Hot glue these above the firebox so it looks like they are hanging on the mantel.

Step 6
Cover the back of the box with a piece of red contact paper. Covering the back with more individual red bricks is optional — that could get cumbersome and make your Christmas not so merry.

Step 7
To finish off the gift wrap in a festive way, tie a bow to the top. Place the gift box next to the actual fireplace and stockings, and it will be so meta.