Hobbycraft are helping us get in the Christmas Spirit with their 12 Makes of Christmas. They are hosting festive demos and sharing a range of inspiring makes and project guides to help those looking to create a handmade Christmas. This week, our final week, I have been busy wrapping presents.
Each week I’ll be making the projects and featuring them on my blog to give you some inspiration. So, with the help of Hobbycraft I’m hoping inspire you. This week I’ve been wrapping presents. For me half the joy in giving a gift is in the presentation. You put so much time into choosing an amazing gift, you want to present it beautifully too.
If you fancy having a go yourself then head over to the Hobbycraft Blog for some amazing ideas from the 16th of December.
For smaller gifts that you can stack up this is a great way to jazz them up a bit.
Wrap your gifts in brown paper and tape together.
Tape two candy canes to the bottom to create your sleigh.
Decorate with Washi Tape.
Tape down a little Santa Toy or decoration, you may find glue easier depending on your Santa.
This is my favourite!! It’s so simple.
Again I’m using my trusty brown wrap. Add two googly eyes, a red pom pom nose and tape on some antlers made from pipe cleaners.
The antlers are super easy, with one longer section of pipe as the main ‘stem’ of the antler, just twist a slightly smaller section round the stem towards the top to create the antler effect.
If that doesn’t raise a smile I don’t know what will.
A quicker Pom Pom make, is to just glue two white pom poms onto a corner to create a snowman, add eyes and buttons with a marker pen. It’s just a cute little embellishment.
Sometimes it’s just nice to keep it simple.
I wrapped the gifts using my favourite brown paper wrap and stamps for the name. You may have noticed I’ve been using the stamps a lot, I have fallen hard for them and love the thoughtful, hand finished feel they give my gifts.
To finish I’ve used classic curling ribbon and bows that we all know and love as part of Christmas. Because I can never stop quite there I’ve also added a jingle bell, because, you know, Christmas!
Alternatively use a chunky red ribbon, tied into a bow for that traditional look.
If that all seems a little too much, don’t worry. Hobbycraft have some amazing wrapping papers. I love the London gift wrap with a Hobbycraft Double Decker Bus and Rudolf in a Black Cab. I am fully aware that some gifts are too awkward and that we all run out of time, or have last minute gifts, so just get good paper and you’ll be away.
Cut your paper to the right size. Too much paper leads to messy wrapping. It’s worth the time to get it right.
Use a good tape. It has to be sticky and some of the decorative ones aren’t.
Make an event of it, get the Christmas Music on, Mince Pies out and a glass of your fave tipple poured. Wrapping night is not a chore for me, it’s something I look forward to.
To view The 12 Makes of Christmas visit the Hobbycraft Blog or visit www.hobbycraft.co.uk to see when your local store will be demoing each make.
Disclosure – I have received the products to make these crafts and a few extras for my craft stash in exchange for sharing the 12 Makes of Christmas for Hobbycraft