Wrap Xmas Presents Like A Pro! My Top 5 Festive Gift Topper Ideas


Whoop! Here it is - first Christmas post! Expect many more over the next few weeks - I've got posts on making door wreaths to tree decorations alongside DIY table setting ideas. First up are my top 5 crafty ideas for making your Christmas gifts look A+. They are also super easy and cheap to do. Wrap your presents early and put them under the tree to enjoy in your home until you have to give them away!

1. Put a bird on it:

  Wrapping paper by M&S. Green ribbon and red robin clip on bird by Hobbycraft. Wood snow flakes by Sainsbury's.

Wrapping paper by M&S. Green ribbon and red robin clip on bird by Hobbycraft. Wood snow flakes by Sainsbury's.

The ribbon on a gift should enhance your wrapping paper, so always pick a ribbon colour that features within the paper itself. This little clip on red robin bird is so cute, and only a £1 from Hobbycraft! He simply clips onto the green ribbon. The wood snowflake toppers are from Sainsbury's and are £2.50 for 50 snowflakes - bargain!

2. Dry out orange slices for a cheap festive touch:

  This tartan deer wrapping paper is by M&S. The gold ribbon and faux berries are by Hobbycraft.

This tartan deer wrapping paper is by M&S. The gold ribbon and faux berries are by Hobbycraft.

Dried out orange slices are really festive and you can buy pre-made packs in craft stores, but they are easy to make at home yourself with a single supermarket orange. Simply slice the oranges into 1cm thick slices, put them on baking paper on a tray, then when you've finished cooking in the oven one evening put in the orange slices, turn the oven off, then leave them overnight. Take them out in the morning, leave them on a window sill for a few days and they will be hard and ready to glue onto your gifts.

3: Rustic:

  Black and gold wrapping paper by Sainsbury's. Raffia and feathers from Hobbycraft. Fir cones collected from Epping forest!

Black and gold wrapping paper by Sainsbury's. Raffia and feathers from Hobbycraft. Fir cones collected from Epping forest!

If you are wrapping presents for men it doesn't have to be all bows and birds. This rustic wrapped gift above is quite masculine. Simply use a few bits of raffia in place of ribbon, then superglue on some luxury feathers and fir cones in a circle.

4. The easy-peasy big bow:

  Wrapping paper by M&S. Ribbon by Hobbycraft. Wood snowflakes by Sainsbury's.

Wrapping paper by M&S. Ribbon by Hobbycraft. Wood snowflakes by Sainsbury's.

Everyone loves the classic big red bow on a Christmas present! Make this one easily with these simple steps:

  • Turn the present over, slip ribbon underneath around the top of the present, then cross over the ribbon on the bottom of the gift.
  • Using superglue (I used Gorilla Glue that comes with a brush and a nozzle, as the brush is perfect for delicate gluing like this) stick one end of the ribbon down.
  • Meet the top and bottom parts of the ribbon, and stick the other end down. You now have a perfect red cross on your present.
  • Take a strip of ribbon and fold it over. Add glue inside the fold and at the bottom to create one half of the bow. Repeat for the other side.
  • Using scissors, cut the ends of the bow to make two points at the edge.
  • Use decorative items to hide the glue spots in the middle of the bow.

5: Style Made Simple:

  Parcel paper from the Post Office. Red and white candy rope from Hobbycraft. Cinnamon sticks from the supermarket.

Parcel paper from the Post Office. Red and white candy rope from Hobbycraft. Cinnamon sticks from the supermarket.

You don't need to spend a fortune on Christmas wrapping paper to make stylish, luxury looking gifts. Parcel paper, available from the Post Office, is around 99p a roll and nice and thick to wrap presents in. You can buy cinnamon sticks in supermarket in the herbs section. Here i've also cut a couple of rosemary twigs to slip under the candy rope, which add a lovely smell as well as looking pretty.

What's your favourite present out of the 5? Let me know in the comments section below!