Christmas Countdown ’13: Kraft Paper Bows

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I don’t care if it’s still November, I’m feeling all Christmasy already.  To tidy up the presents lying about my room I decided to get wrapping.  I found the template for these cute paper bows, which cut out of kraft paper look great alongside my brown paper wrapping.

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I used paint pens and Sharpies to decorate the cut out pieces before gluing it all together.  I then decorated the plain brown wrapping paper in the same way (a little squint, but lets ignore that) and I think it looks pretty good.

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That’s one down, only heaps more to go!

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Christmas Countdown 2: Brown Paper Wrapping and Glitter Name Tags

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Pinterest got me loving the idea of wrapping Christmas presents in decorated brown wrapping paper this year.  I had imagined doodling all over my neatly wrapped packages with white pen.  Sadly, my only white paint pen had decided to dry up and I failed to find a white sharpie in any of my local craft stores.  I made do with a red paint pen and good old white acrylic paint and a paint brush instead, but the results aren’t as fabulous as I had originally imagined.  I’m still on the hunt for a white sharpie, but I’ll share what I’ve completed in the meantime.

No need for a how-to with this one, just doodle all over the paper and wait for it to dry then wrap.

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Glitter name tag:

What you need:

  • A cut out letter (this one is for my brother because I’m sure he will never read this)
  • PVA glue and glue spreader
  • Glitter
  • Scrap paper to catch all the extra glitter
  • Hole punch
  • Colourful embroidery thread

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How to:

1.  Print and cut out letter shape.

2.  Spread PVA glue all over the letter.

3.  Generously sprinkle over the glitter.IMG_2228

4.  Tap off excess glitter.

5.  Punch a hole for the string using a hole punch and string through colourful thread.

6.  Attach to present.

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