There’s nothing more Christmassy than an afternoon spent wrapping presents with Bublé blasting out and a mug of hot chocolate to hand.
This year though, we’re gonna get more creative. From making your own paper to experimenting with pom poms, here are our top tips for making your Christmas wrapping stand out under the tree.
Make your own paper
Ok, we know the shop-bought stuff is pretty good these days and making your own sounds like a bit of a faff, but it’s actually quite easy and lots of fun. If you’re fully committed to the DIY lifestyle, homemade paper is the way to go.
You’ll need some thick brown parcel paper (available in the post office) and your choice of festive adornments – Christmas ink stamps, glitter, sequins, whatever you fancy. Arrange your adornments on your paper and move around until you’re happy with the placement, then glue (or stamp) securely and leave it to dry before using.
If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty, recycling other types of paper for your Christmas wrapping is another fun way to get creative with your gifts. Music sheets (available on eBay) look great tied with brown string, or scour charity shops for old books and newspapers. Add colour with ribbon and printed tape to give your gift some Christmas spirit!
Experiment with accessories
A plastic bow isn’t going to cut it – if you want to get really creative with your Christmas wrapping, you need accessories!
Look for bits and pieces in craft shops that you can add to the top of your presents to really finish them off. Festive pom poms look fab grouped together and glued to a gift tag, and kids will love mini toys tied to the front of their gift with ribbon. Dried or fake flowers are also a great way to add colour and detail to a present.
Choose colours carefully
Successful Christmas wrapping is all about colour combining. For stylish friends, regal navy with trendy copper looks amazing and super chic. For kids, the brighter the better – forget Christmas colours and combine colour-pop neons instead.
Who said Christmas was just about red, green and gold!
Use boxes, tins, bags, pots…
For awkwardly shaped presents, paper is no good. If you’ve ever tried to wrap a bottle of champagne, you’ll know what we mean!
Instead, get creative with storage – vintage tins make amazing gift boxes, while fancy designer bags are always appreciated… even if what’s inside isn’t *quite* so luxurious!