How to Wrap a Cylinder Shaped Gift as a Christmas Nutcracker

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These DIY Christmas nutcrackers, or toy soldiers if you will, are a fun and creative way to wrap those round cylinder presents like candles or tall cookie tins

It is easy to do with just a few simple steps. You can also hide a small gift inside an empty Pringles can and wrap that. Or make a whole troop of nutcrackers as part of your handmade holiday decor!

Read on for the complete step-by-step tutorial on how to make your Christmas nutcracker gift wrap. All you need is three different papers, ribbons, a marker, some double-sided tape, and a pair of scissors.

Two cylinder-shaped Christmas gifts wrapped as cute nutcrackers. Text on image: Christmas nutcracker DIY gift wrap, easy step by step tutorial.

Quick Gift Wrap Tips

Before we start, here are a few handy gift wrapping tips.

  • Before you start, have your present ready, wrapped in brown kraft paper, and collect all your materials. That way you won’t waste time searching for anything when you are in the middle of decorating your gift wrapping.

  • If your cut edges end up looking a bit jagged, fold them over and under for a straight, smooth seam and a cleaner look.

  • You can fix a wrinkled ribbon, by taking it through a slightly warm curling iron. Do test on a little piece first.

If you like more wrapping tips and tricks, visit the complete list of all the gift wrapping tips (more than 60!). It includes tips on how to wrap large or odd shape gifts, how much paper you need, how to gift wrap without wrapping paper, tape, or ribbon. Holiday gift wrapping made easy!

Wrap your round gift with brown kraft paper as described in this article: How to wrap cylinder-shaped presents. Return to this post when you’re ready to make the nutcracker.

How to wrap a cylinder shaped gift as a Chirstmas nutcracker step 6: Draw buttons on bottom part.

Creative Gift Wrap: DIY Christmas Nutcracker

Yield: 1 handmade nutcracker gift wrap
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Low

Looking for a creative idea to wrap a cylinder-shaped gift? This nutcracker, or toy soldier, is the perfect DIY Christmas wrapping project for those round presents! Simply follow this simple step-by-step tutorial.


  • brown kraft wrapping paper
  • black and red wrapping or construction paper
  • double-sided sticky tape
  • ribbon


  • Pencil (optional)
  • Black marker
  • Scissors


  1. Measure the length of your cylinder package and divide into thirds.

    Cut a piece of black paper to the size of 1/3rd of the tube going all around. Cut a similar-sized piece of red paper for the bottom part.

  2. Take the black piece of paper and wrap it around the top of the cylinder. Secure with sticky tape.

    The same for the red paper but attach this to the bottom part of the cylinder.

    How to wrap a cylinder shaped gift as a Chirstmas nutcracker step 2: Attach black paper to the top and red to the bottom.
  3. Cut a black paper circle the size of the top of your package. Attach with double-sided sticky tape.

    How to wrap a cylinder shaped gift as a Chirstmas nutcracker step 3: Attach black circle to top of package.
  4. Cut two pieces of ribbon long enough to go around the package. Add some double-sided sticky tape to the ends of the ribbon.

    Place one piece on the border where the red paper meets the kraft paper. Position the other ribbon on the hat part.

    How to wrap a cylinder shaped gift as a Chirstmas nutcracker step 4: Add ribbons.
  5. Use your black marker to draw the face on the kraft paper in the middle part. (Sketch in pencil first if you want).

    Start with a triangle nose and two circle eyes next to it. Center a mustache underneath the nose and finish with the rectangle teeth.

    How to wrap a cylinder shaped gift as a Chirstmas nutcracker step 5: Draw the face.
  6. Use your marker to draw six “button” dots on the bottom paper. Draw lines in between the dots as shown.

    How to wrap a cylinder shaped gift as a Chirstmas nutcracker step 6: Draw buttons on bottom part.

Looking for more unique and creative gift wrapping ideas? How about a cute honeycomb snowman gift wrap? Or if you have some felt and scrap pieces of ribbon, you can make a pretty felt and ribbon ornament gift wrap. Just follow the easy steps described. Brown paper bags are great for small items. Use a white marker to turn them into special gingerbread house gift bags!

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