This Wacky Gift Wrap Idea Will Make Christmas Even More Fun

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Cardboard mice stealing a present: a Christmas gift wrapping idea
Translation: “Quick! Before Santa sees us!”
Cardboard mice stealing a present: a Christmas gift wrapping idea
Translation: “I hope there’s cheese in here…”
Cardboard mice stealing a present: a Christmas gift wrapping idea
Translation: “…yes, I don’t want another pair of socks!”

Mice thieves: the Christmas morning gift wrap idea your kids will REALLY love!

Picture the scene: It’s Christmas morning and your kids run into the living room looking for their presents… but instead of finding them under the tree, they find them halfway across the floor… being carried away by mice!

What’s more, this gift wrapping prank won’t cost you a penny, and if you use my printable… it won’t cost you much time either…

Step by step guide

Luckily this is a Christmas morning wrapping prank that is fairly easy to set up, just follow the instructions outlined below.

I’ve also provided printable artwork for the mice and a template for the stand… sign-up below and I’ll send you a link.

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Printable artwork
Cut out
How to make Mouse Thieves: Step 1-2

STEP 1: Cut a piece of cardboard from a corrugated cardboard box.

STEP 2: Draw the cutting plan (above) onto it and cut it out using a craft knife and steel ruler.

Fold & Glue
How to make Mouse Thieves: Step 3-4

STEP 3: Glue the ‘Glue tab’ to the inside of ‘Section B’.

STEP 4: Apply glue to the ends of the midsection and fold up and join the top and bottom flaps.

Add the mice
How to make Mouse Thieves: Step 5-8

STEP 5: Print the mouse artwork onto white card, choose between full colour or a black and white version you can colour in.

STEP 6: If you can’t print onto card, print onto paper and then mount it onto card using glue.

STEP 7: Cut out the mice using a craft knife or scissors.

STEP 8: Finally, glue the mice onto the midsection of each stand.

Easy stand!
How to make Mouse Thieves: Step 9-11

The folded stand is designed to be cleverly hidden by the mice. If you are looking for something easier use a toilet roll tube…

STEP 9: Cut a 56mm section from a toilet roll tube.

STEP 10: Squash the tube so the cross section is an oval shape.

STEP 11: Glue the mouse onto the narrowest section of the tube.

How to make Mouse Thieves: Step 12

STEP 12: To complete the effect, slide two mice under opposite sides of a wrapped pressie, at least 3 or 4 feet away from the Christmas tree… where they will be easily spotted by your excited kids!


  • One corrugated cardboard box
  • White card (210gsm)
  • Paper
  • Colouring-in pens
  • Paper glue
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Steel ruler (for use with craft knife)
  • Toilet roll tubes (for easy stand option)

What will I learn?

Making stuff isn’t just about ‘the thing’ being made… here’s two other important factors to consider:

Context - “Paper mice stealing something” only has real impact when the something is your kid’s presents and the time is Christmas morning! Always think about context and have fun with it.

Staging - Placement and setting are crucial… it’s only by positioning the mice away from the Christmas tree that we create the impression the mice are on the run!

Give it your own twist

There is a way of achieving the same results without making the stands: simply prop the wrapped present on a block of wood and stick the mice around the side of the present – sneaky, hey?

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