As we inch towards the silly season, we tend to get drawn into a gift buying frenzy. Buying gifts is only part of the game, presenting gifts in an interesting manner, completes the package. When it comes to gift wrapping, you have two options – you can get an already overworked shop assistant to wrap your gifts in some nondescript wrapping paper or put some tender loving care into DIY gift wrapping.
DIY gift wrapping – raid your pantry:
Stain or marble butcher paper or plain brown paper with beetroot or turmeric. Decorate with stamps made from cross sections of okra or potato.
Stimulate young minds:
Get the youngest members of the family involved. Ask them cut out Santa or Christmas tree stencils and put these on plain paper. Spray colour on the exposed area with tooth brush. You may use two or three colours. Make sure you get rid of excess paint before you start spraying. Otherwise you will end up with blobs. Remove the stencils and scribble some hand written personal messages within the Santa or Christmas tree shapes. Won’t nan and pop love this? They will also love gifts wrapped in paper decorated with impressions of little hands and feet. You can get the family pet to join in the fun. Spread out some plain paper in the backyard. Put some edible food colour under the paws of your four legged friends and give them a free run of the backyard. Soon you will have DIY gift wrapping paper printed with pug marks.
Explore the outdoors:
Explore the bush or foreshore for sea shells, driftwood, flowers, leaves, twigs, driftwood and pine cones. Give them a coat of metallic paint or use them untreated as gift toppers.
Re-use and recycle:
We, at Deidaa, don’t let go of any opportunity to use remnants of trims and baubles. Use vintage photographs, twines, lace, doilies, fabric, buttons and embroideries from discarded clothing to decorate your gifts. Recycle wicker baskets, empty coffee jars and cardboard boxes. Make bon-bons out of mailing tubes. You may personalise gift wrapping by using old maps and travel brochures to wrap gifts for a friend who has a nomadic streak or use sports pages from old newspapers as gift wrapping paper for the soccer crazy dad.
Practise the Japanese art of Furoshiki i.e., use cloth or scarf to wrap a gift. The cloth or scarf can be re-used later.
If you are running short of ideas, reach out to Deidaa for help. Deidaa offers free gift wrapping. Please visit http://www.deidaa.com.au/faq/ for more information. On request, Deidaa will wrap you purchase in handmade recycled gift wrapping paper – free of cost. Deidaa donates all fabric shreds to a handmade paper making unit that transforms these fabric remnants into recycled paper.
More Deidaatips coming your way this festive season.