Gift of Myself

This is a sharing time idea based loosely on the December 1990 Friend Article Give Yourself Away”.


Print or photocopy the box pattern onto cardstock.

Before your sharing time activity, take pictures with a digital camera of the children in your class. (You may want to begin taking pictures several weeks ahead to ensure that children who may miss a few days during the holidays can receive an ornament.

Print out two pictures of each child, touching each other, either side by side or with one upside down. Leave a little space on the end of each picture to act as a base. (You’re going to fold these pictures in the shape of a tent or wedge.) The photos must be no larger than 2 inches tall by 2 inches wide (50 cm x 50 cm). See diagram below:

During Sharing Time

Cut out the pieces, including the windows of the gift box.

Using a hole punch or pencil, make holes on the ‘x’s located on the bow piece (circular) and the gift tag.

Fold the paper into a box shape, leaving one side open to insert the pictures. Fasten the flaps down with transparent tape or glue.

Insert the pictures of the child into the box so that the picture can be seen throught the windows, attaching it with tape or glue.

Seal the last flap of the box with glue or transparent tape.

Fold the bow along the straight lines to make a wedge. Tape or glue it to the box.

Using a piece of yarn, string, or ribbon, tie the gift tag to the bow.

Finished box


One project per page, black and white. A full color version of this file is available by clicking the ornament link below.


The poem on the tag:
What gift can I give you for Christmas this year?
What gift can I give to bring love and good cheer?
What gift can I give you to tell you I care,
A gift you’ll remember, a gift we can share?
The gift that I’ll give can’t be bought in a store,
It doesn’t cost money–it’s worth much, much more!
The gift that I’ll give doesn’t come from a shelf.
The gift that I’ll give is a gift of myself!
~Laura Rolfing

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