Creative at Christmas
Add a personal touch to your Christmas gifts with unique and easy-to-make papers and cards. Words and styling Sarah Heeringa, for Good magazine. Photography Amanda Reelick and Bryce Carleton
What’s not to love about brown paper packages tied up with string? We’re with Julie Andrews on this one. Give your parcels a new twist this festive season by generously winding them with twine and tucking in a few painted twigs, robust blossoms or long-lasting greenery.
Have fun personalising basic brown paper with painted dots or stars. Roll out the paper and use a small soft watercolour paintbrush for easy-to-paint dots or make a star print using star-shaped biscuit cutters of varying sizes, dipped in a little paint. I used Resene Swiss Coffee for the dots and Resene Blast Yellow for the copper coloured stars. Once dry, fold into paper gift bags, cut into large stars to sew together, or use to wrap your parcels.
Paint stiff card with dots and cut into gift tags. Add reinforcement stickers (used in ring binders) to punched holes or finish with metal rivets squashed into place using eyelet pliers. Thread with twine.
Create bunting cards using fabric scraps and twine, glued into place. Make cute tree cards by sewing heavy art paper back and forth with green cotton. Glue onto stiffer card and finish with a star cut from gold tissue. See good.net.nz/papercraft for tips and a reindeercard video.
Gifts from the heart
Create gorgeous personalised paper by painting basic brown paper with dots or stars. Allow paint to dry before folding paper into bags using double-sided tape. Bake a Christmassy batch of Orange and Lemon Shortbread. Cool, decorate and wrap biscuits in greaseproof paper and use to fill bags. Fold over the tops of the bags and secure with small metal letter clips and sprigs of hardy herbs. Cut spotty paper into two large stars and sew together using a straight machine stitch. Leave a gap and fill the star with treats or scrunched tissue to make a starry gift bag or decoration. Sew up star and complete by adding a ribbon for hanging.