I wrote this blog post for the lovely Geneva Vanderzei from apairandasparediy.com – Enjoy xx
Christmas is a time of excess. It’s crazy, messy and practically unavoidable to get carried away buying every glittery special thing you see. But w-w-w-w-w-waaaittt! If you’re a hoarder like me, your cupboard is probably full of fun stuff which can be re-used and crafted into the most amazing visual Christmas experience.
Unless your 2014 Christmas theme involves a massive classy pure white tree and adorned with antique peruvian brass bells, then this project screams more. More is more. That’s my motto!
For this project you will need:
- Pompom maker
- Brown paper / any paper / paper scraps
- Paper bags
- Paint & Paint pens
- Polka dot stickers
- Pretty much just pull out anything remotely crafty you have. EVERYTHING!
Cleanse. Empty out your draws and cupboards. Pull out everything. Puff paint, craft glue, ribbons, EVERYTHING!
Pompoms. Make a few pompoms. Seriously, a few pompoms go along way. I got my yellow plastic pompom maker from my local craft store, but really, a fork would do the same thing.
Keep gift bags. Paper bags are great for those gifts which are hard to wrap, but still have a wonderful surface to paint, decorate and hang stuff from. When someone gives you a gift bag, don’t throw it away with the bath water. Keep it. Hoard it for a rainy day. I have a entire box full of paper gift bags from shops. Keep them! They are super handy.
Paint. I love bright wrapping paper. Paint a few sheets of A3 paper. Splotch them up and make them a muted or as bright as you like. Take out your weekly frustrations on the paper. It will thank-you for it.
String. Don’t try and be neat with string. I love a messy package.
Stickers. Polkadot stickers from your local stationary shop go along way when you are wrapping. They last for ever too and make a cheap wrapping look a million dollars.
Fringing. Fringing is easy. Take a few sheets of paper and cut it into strips leaving 2cm spare at one end. Layer it up and glue it into any flat surface for a textured effect.
And you’re done! Merry merry holiday y’all xx