DIY | Christmas wrapping paper & hot chocolates

Handmade Christmas wrapping paper

Every year I try to wrap my Christmas presents with a little handmade touch. A couple of years ago I opted for stamping brown paper with a sponge to create a lovely Christmas tree effect. Last year I was a little more limited, being in Australia and due to go traveling on New Years Day. So I chose a simple brown paper wrap, and created bows to match.
This year I’ve taken inspiration from my recent obsession with making fluffy pom-poms. You may remember this homewares DIY I posted a little while ago. I used the exact same technique, but chose bright green and royal red balls of wool, and wrapped them around my presents. This is a really simple but effective way of gift wrapping – and much cheaper than buying a pack of ribbon and bows. Brown paper is also much cheaper than wrapping paper. It’s crazy how expensive gift wrap is! You could also tie a candy cane on as an extra little gift.
I also love this time of year for all of the wonderful Christmas markets there are. Christmas is by far my favourite time of the year. I love nothing more than wrapping up and exploring all the little wooden huts, listening to carol singers, browsing all of the homemade produce, with a cup of hot mulled wine in hand! It’s a great place to purchase Christmas gifts, and also treat yourself.
Christmas market gifts
Christmas markets are full of all the classic gift ideas – scented candles, cosy mittens and bobble hats, handmade fudge, hot chocolate and scrummy biscuits.
Stew and I have a set of cute blue and white enamel mugs that we use for our tea and coffee. To spruce them up for Christmas day, I had the idea of tying some Christmas ribbon around them with a couple of jingle bells attached. I can’t wait to fill them with delicious hot chocolate, topped with mountains of marshmallows, and tuck into these Christmas pudding flavoured biscuits. Do I have to wait until Christmas?!

Christmas enamel mugs
Christmas customised enamel mugs

Have you created any Christmas themed DIY’s this year? Whether it’s wrapping paper, or the gifts themselves, I’d love to see your posts 🙂

December 13, 2015