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Christmas Wrapping Guide: 1 Gift, 5 Ways


By IMAGE Interiors & Living
10th Dec 2015
Christmas Wrapping Guide: 1 Gift, 5 Ways

Our superstar guide to gift wrapping shows you how to make each present elegant, unusual and totally unique…

ESSENTIALS: Brown paper (we got ours from Daintree) – Scalpel (take care!) – Metallic spray paint – White paper – White card – Twine – Ribbon – Scissors

The Ultimate Wrapping Guide: 1 Gift, 5 Ways | Image Interiors & Living

1.NEON NEWSPRINT. This is a great way to recycle old newspapers.

YOU WILL NEED: Washi tape (this pink tape is from Daintree), old newspaper, white paper.

HOW TO: Choose sections covered with mostly black and white text for this look, and finish off with neon washi tape. If you’re feeling ambitious, fold white paper into a star to pop on top (or cheat and buy one from an art supply shop).

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2. COOKIE CUTTER CUTIES. Try this simple-to-make clay gift tag that the recipient can keep and use as a cherished Christmas tree decoration.

YOU WILL NEED: Star-shaped cookie cutter (from 95c at Stock), plain twine, air-dry clay (€3.99, Art & Hobby).

HOW TO Roll out the clay, cut out star shapes using the cookie cutter, then allow each one to dry before making a hole and threading the twine through.

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3.STAMP OF APPROVAL. Love this! Make a star stamp on your pencil rubber and join the dots to create your very own constellation.

YOU WILL NEED: A rubber-topped pencil, a ruler, black ink.

HOW TO: Carefully cut the eraser on the top of your pencil into a star shape using a scalpel. Then simply dip it in the ink, dot some brown paper with stars and use your ruler to connect them all. Black decorative paper star, €12, April and the Bear.

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4.A CUT ABOVE. Simple, but really effective.

YOU WILL NEED: Brown paper, plain white card.

HOW TO: Using a scalpel, carefully cut several half-star shapes into plain paper at regular intervals and fold each one back on itself to create 3D pop-up stars. Slide some card in behind for contrast (we’ve used white, but you can use any colour you like).

The Ultimate Wrapping Guide: 1 Gift, 5 Ways | Image Interiors & Living

5.BERIBBONED BEAUTIES. Go graphic with selective colour pops and reams of ribbon.

YOU WILL NEED Ribbon, gold spray paint (as before), white card

HOW TO: Use a scalpel to carefully cut out star shapes from white card, and then spray-paint one or two of the stars in gold. Use double-sided tape to stick a star on each present, then finish off with brightly coloured ribbon.

Words and styling Sheenagh Green Photography Naomi Gaffey