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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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!