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Archive for December, 2015

In the Gift Wrapping Mood: Christmas Tassels


Here is another multi-purpose Christmas decoration/present-topper. Leather tassels add a touch of luxury to a wrapped present, and can be kept and re-used by the recipient.

The tassels could also be used as keyrings, worn as pendants, added to bags or simply hung on the Christmas tree!


Using some metallic leather adds a bit of seasonal sparkle, particularly when contrasted with soft suede. Whether monochrome or multi-coloured, leather tassels are easy to make- you can find instructions in this previous post.


The tassels are so pretty in their own right, that plain wrapping paper is all that’s needed to show them off!



Christmas Present Pom Poms!


Pompoms can make great decorations, but are ideal for topping presents too…


Big or small, and whether you buy them in a shop or make your own, pompoms can be used to add a bit of colour and fluffiness to any present! And if you make your own, then pompoms are an ideal stash-busting project: a way to use up lengths of yarn left over from knitting/crocheting projects. You could even upcycle yarn unraveled from an old scarf or jumper.

I’m off to add these beauties to a few more Christmas presents…



Christmas Gift Tags DIY


I always have some cardboard off-cuts lying around from a previous project that are ideal for this purpose! A wide variety of decoration can be used; here I have used washi tape (decorative, adhesive paper tape), making this a very quick project.

One of the advantages of making your own gift tags, is that you can make them any size (or shape) that you like.


For these tags I used a decorative hole punch in the shape of a raindrop, but any shaped hole punch of a suitable size can be used.


These tags were simply decorated by applying a strip of washi tape across the bottom edge. I continued the tape around onto the back of each tag too, so that both sides are decorated.

As you can see, washi tape lends a stylish edge to a very basic craft project, resulting in some smart-looking gift tags!


These tags were quickly made in the middle of a present-wrapping session when I needed them to finish the wrapping (yes, if I was organised I would have realised I needed more tags before I started the wrapping!).

This project needn’t be limited to Christmas either, a change of decoration/design makes them suitable for other gift-giving occasions too (see previous post here).


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