Christmas crafts: Gift wrapping ideas
Unconventional colour palette
Indulge in a spate of whimsy this season by choosing a colour palette that’s out of the holiday ordinary. This combination of white and bubble-gum pink brings new life to the tried-and-true basics we’re – maybe – too used to seeing. And skilfully employing elastic bands, washi tape and even pompoms creates a fun, fresh take on standard bows and trims. A handmade shaggy pompom can also cleverly replace the more formal bow as a gift topper.
Cheery colour scheme
A cheery colour scheme uses sky blue to temper the ubiquitous holiday red. The shades play off each other to create a happy holiday palette, while the traditional use of bows and ribbons is perfectly at home in the mix. Have fun wrapping ribbon in unique ways to create decorative interest on your gifts. Add a vintage button or two instead of a bow for an inventive take on gift toppers.
Green never gets old during the holidays, especially when it comes in all kinds of lovely variations of shade and texture. These gifts offer a tone-on-tone look by layering several types of ribbon and contrasting the colours with solid green and crisp white wrapping paper for dimension. Use a stamp to monogram handmade gift tags for a personalized touch to your gift wrapping.
The natural look has never appeared as good as on these subtle, sophisticated gifts. Whether it’s brown-paper packages tied up with string or gift wrap crafted from a page or two of a vintage book, understated elegance is the name of the game. Easily embellished with tiny trinkets and trims, even Santa might have a hard time giving these gifts away. Pages from an old book can create a personalized wrap while wooden stars from a craft store can light up plain white paper.