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Monday, December 8, 2014

crafty christmas - make your own gift wrap

--- tutorials and photography by Tanya Collier, inspired by Emma Clapham for Officeworks---

I love any excuse to get my craft on, so when Officeworks got in touch to see if we would like to create and share some crafty Christmas projects inspired by their resident stylist Emma Clapham, how could I say no?

Over the weekend, I got to work creating lovely gift wrap, tags and embellishments for our Christmas gifts...


Super pretty and summery, right?

Each day this week I'll share a quick diy project so you can recreate these pretties yourself.

First up...handpainted gift wrap - this is so much fun and a perfect project to enjoy with your children! Using a single colour paint will keep the look consistent, but go crazy with patterns to make it fun!

You will need...
 + white paint 
All these are available at Officeworks - just click on each one to find it in their online store :)
 
Let's make!

1. big polka dots
For this one you will need the round foam paint applicator from the 'stuff for painting' set and white acrylic paint.

Simply dip the foam end into the paint and dab away on your brown paper! Working on one line at a time, space your dots evenly across the width of the page.

tip...Give the applicator a little twist while it is on the paper to give each dot a nice crisp edge.

For your second line move down a little and place dots midway between the ones above. Continue working down the paper until you have enough paper for your gift!

Come back tomorrow to find out how to create the cute washi gift tags!


2. small polka dots
Just like the big polka dots, but using the wooden end of the applicator!

To find out how to create cute washi bunting to decorate your gifts, visit us again on Friday.


3. stencil houses
Dip your paintbrush into white paint and remove most of the paint so your brush is quite dry, then dab through the stencil onto the brown paper.
 
To find out how we created our paper feathers, come back to the tickle blog on Thursday!
 

4. let it snow
Use the edge of the paintbrush to create 'snow'. We've gone for a uniform pattern, but this would also look great placed randomly across the page.

The cute little bow on this one has been created with washi! Come back on Wednesday to find out how we created it!!


5. crosses
I think this one is my favourite!

Using the edge of your brush simply paint crosses onto brown paper!

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If you create some yourself, don't forget to share it with us on facebook or instagram - we'd love to see!!
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Thank you to Officeworks for supplying the materials to create these gift wraps!

Here's a pic of all the supplies needed...and links for finding them online...
 + white paint 
 

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