On the 9th day of christmas my true love branched out and instead of focusing solely on the gift they also wrapped it exquisitely…
… and now you can too, with my Crafternoon How-To for Christmas wrapping!
Now this particular tutorial stems from my slightly shaky track record of last minute present wrapping. I’m sure everyone claims to do this but I have historically taken it to an extreme. One year I actually wrapped my family’s gifts on the train home on Christmas Eve in TISSUE PAPER – Oh God – The Shame!! The bonus of this however was that the lovely old gentleman that I was sat opposite on the train helped me while recounting stories of his grandaughter – so actually in many ways the gifts I gave that year were even more poignant – supported by the kindness of strangers! (If I say it enough it will be true!). BUT NO MORE. This year my gifts are going to be worthy of a Selfridges window display!
You will need:
- Wrapping Paper
- Insurmountable creativity and dedication to the wrapping cause
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Step One: Start with a box
So as to avoid any accidental present spoilers with my family I give you one pre-wrapped box
Step Two: Ribbon
Easy – wrap a ribbon around your box. Either secure with tape as I did or tie a bow. I went with tape as I wanted to add other embellishments.
Step Three: POMPOMs
Create some tiny pompoms to match your wrapping paper/ribbon colours. The fork method is perfect for this. Wrap wool round and round a fork. Then slide a separate piece of wool through the middle of the fork, underneath your wrapped wool. Bring the two ends to meet at the top and tie a knot. Slide your wool off the fork gently, keeping the knot tight and then double knot as tight as you can. now snip through the loops or wool and trim to get your pompom
Step Four: Bells and Whistles, Plaits and Tassels
Use strands of wool to create a long plait to sit on top of your ribbon. Make sure your leave a few inches loose on either end. Use these loose strands to create a tassel on top of your present by tying the ends together and then tying another piece of wool around your tassel to create a head.
Step Five: Loose ends
Tie your pompoms into place and add a label (buy or make your own out of brown card) and then sit back and enjoy the ‘ooooh’ from your lucky giftee!
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