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I’ve been featured in Papercrafter magazine!

Today I’ve got some really exciting news to share – I’ve been featured in Papercrafter magazine! A whole two-page spread has been dedicated to my tips, ideas and projects and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve taken some photos of the feature so that you can see what it looks like and maybe have a read of the pages. Continue reading “I’ve been featured in Papercrafter magazine!” »


National Wrapping Day!

I can now safely start getting really excited about Christmas. I’ve opened my advent calendar, all the Christmas lights have been switched on in town centres around the country, and my Christmas cards have been posted. So now my attention has turned to presents and, in particular, wrapping them! DIY christmas festive gift wrapping-4

Did you know there’s a National Wrapping Day? It’s on the 14th December and this is the day that most people in the UK will be making a start on their festive wrapping. It celebrates the joy of perfect present wrapping and as you can probably guess from my previous DIY wrapping paper post, wrapping gifts is one of my favourite activities.

DIY christmas festive gift wrapping

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Make your own funky wrapping paper

I love giving gifts – even more than I like receiving them, believe it or not! – and part of the enjoyment is finding the perfect way to wrap and decorate the presents to make them extra special. I’ve been spending lots of time with my printer, trying out ways of making my own wrapping paper, and although it’s easy enough to print out images onto plain paper, the A4 size just isn’t big enough for most of the gifts I want to wrap, plus I’d like a nicer quality of paper that’s thick enough to wrap a gift without tearing on the corners!I looked in my stationary drawer and worked out a way to make larger pieces of wrapping that can still fit through the printer – using envelopes! I’ve got some A4 sized brown envelopes and I realised that I could cut off the sealed edge and the bottom flap in order to create an A3 piece of paper when it’s opened out. I folded it back on itself so that the envelope was inside out with the smooth side inwards. This way it can easily be printed on by feeding it into my A4 printer, printing on one side and then turning the piece over and feeding it back in to print on the other side.

I’ve used some of hubby’s drawings, which I’ve scanned into the computer and duplicated the images over and over on one piece of A4 using Publisher. You can use clipart or free printables that you can find online or if you’d like to use these same images I can send you the file – just drop me an email for the free printable! These images look great on the rustic brown paper and remind me of childhood school days, but any images can be printed in this same way onto white envelopes too, plus some envelopes are a coloured inside, which would give you a different background effect for your homemade wrapping paper. I know it’s obvious now – but I didn’t think of it at the time! – any coloured A3 paper can be folded in half and printed on one side before turning over to print on the second side. This gives you plenty of paper to wrap around your gifts and you can join two pieces of A3 wrapping paper together for bigger gifts if needed.

What do you think of my homemade wrapping paper? Hubby was pretty pleased with it for his birthday gifts, especially because they are his drawings, but also because of the time and effort I’d put into making the paper. You can use images that your child has drawn to make wrapping paper for your family, or you could use photographs of the recipient to decorate the paper – if you can imagine it, you can do it!


Christmas wrapping – making presents extra-special

I know it’s easy just to tape a piece of cheesy christmas wrapping paper around a prezzie, stick a foil bow on the top and hand it over to the lucky recipient but I like to add a little more excitement to my Christmas present wrapping. I spend ages choosing the perfect wrapping paper – in the past I’ve used single colour paper, non-festive prints and even brown parcel paper!

I like to add interest with exciting bows and by adding little trinkets onto the parcel, such as pinecones, bells or a piece of mistletoe. In the past I’ve written the recipient’s name on a bauble with a metallic marker-pen as a name-tag and tied the bauble on with thin shiny ribbon. You can stamp your own gift tags, and even decorate plain paper with festive images hand-stamped all over the parcel. 

christmas wrapping diy tutorial baubles bells brown paper ribbon string

I also like to use luxurious thick satin or delicate organza ribbon to add a touch of glamour to presents. It’s also a great idea to layer up thinner ribbon or string on top of thick ribbon, or even add two thin rows of ribbon side by side. Always be generous with your ribbon, because a nice big bow looks über-glamourous.

My top tips for Christmas wrapping are:

  1. Choose a nice thick wrapping paper – there’s nothing worse than a thin paper that splits on the corners of presents!
  2. Always add a ribbon or bow to your present to make it extra-special
  3. Use sticky-tape circles for a professional finish that is super-easy to open on Christmas day
  4. Don’t forget the name tag, but it can be a luggage tag, parcel stickers, recycled christmas cards or even a bauble!

Today is the day that I’m getting all my wrapping done and this year I’ve chosen a brown-paper wrap printed with a gingerbread pattern. To match this rustic paper I’ve used household string to decorate and have tied an edible candy cane into the bow as an extra treat! I’ve really enjoyed the wrapping process, and although it may take a little longer, I think that the end result is well worth the extra effort. Please let me know your top tips for wrapping presents and share your photos of your glamourous gifts!

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