Sometimes a gift bag is the only way to go for a gift that’s hard to wrap. Did you know how easy they are to make?
- All you need to make this bag is some good quality wrapping paper. Opt for a heavier weight paper that’s easier to fold and work with, and so the bag is able to hold its shape.
- You can obviously pick any paper colour/design to custom-make your bag to suit your recipient. You could also use brown kraft paper and get the kids to draw or glue things on it.
- A sheet of scrapbooking paper would be good for a smaller bag. There are also some great scrapbooking paper designs to choose from.
- You could make bag handles from the same paper, or choose a contrasting paper so they stand out.
- Add a handmade gift tag to the handles and your gift bag is complete!
Today I did a last minute dash to our local $2 shop to grab some accessories to dress our Christmas table. Before I set off, I did a quick internet search for Christmas table themes for some inspiration. Here are some of my favourites this year…
1. Red and white
This colour scheme is a classic. Use lots of ornaments and little details for a traditional look, or keep it clean to make a contemporary statement.
2. Candy Canes
Following on from the red and white theme, Candy Canes can be used in lots of creative ways on your Christmas table – as part of your centrepiece like the below vase, or as placecard holders. They’re fun, inexpensive, and edible!
3. Timeless white
White is a timeless choice for a Christmas table setting, and can be easily combined with silver and gold.
4. Inspired by nature
There’s something magical about including traditional winter Christmas plants, such as pine, holly and pine cones on your Christmas table. Whilst it might be hard to get fresh holly in Australia, you can use any type of pine (sprigs of humble conifer work well), dried pine cones, or Poinsettia (which is readily available around Christmas time). You could also play around with beautiful Australian natives, such as Eucalyptus leaves, Christmas Bush, Grevillea, Waratah and Kangaroo Paw which often come in lovely shades of red.
5. Contemporary teal
Teal Christmas decorations are everywhere this year – this colour is really on-trend. Teal works really well with silver or white and is a refreshing choice for a summer Christmas.
Christmas trees are a great source of inspiration for handmade cards. Here are ten of our favourite ideas, which demonstrate how different you can make a Christmas tree look!
1. Folded Christmas tree
This simple idea just uses folded white paper in different sizes. You could play around with different types of paper for your tree or card base. Experiment with wrapping paper, metallic paper, handmade/textured paper and glue little decorations like sequins or stars on your tree.
2. Triangle Christmas tree card
Wondering what to do with those little scraps of Christmas paper left over from wrapping all your gifts? Yes, they can be reused! You can also use any sort of paper or card, such as craft paper, newspaper, plain white paper, or even paper doilies, as this card demonstrates. Buttons and twine also add a third dimension to this card. This is a simple design you could make with your children.