Perth retailers share their best ideas for perfectly presented pressies.
Pom poms are classic, delightful little things that can be handmade from all sorts of materials.
To make, wrap twine around your fingers (four fingers wide for a large pom pom, three for medium, two for small), slide off the bundle and tie a long piece of twine tightly around the middle. Snip the loops and fluff out the pom pom, then trim to make it a nice spherical shape.
Attach the pom pom on to your gift — we simply tied them to jute twine (available from Bunnings).
These delicate paper cones add a sculptural element and the pop of colour inside is a cheery surprise.
To make, cut 10cm paper circles and snip from the edge to the centre. Curl around into a cone shape and glue. Wrap a garland around the gift and glue the paper cones on.
You can also purchase paper cones ready-made at Corner Store.
Corner Store, Claremont, 9286 2280 (also in Fremantle), cornerstore.net.au.
ANNIE P. PAPERIE
MIX AND MATCH
Choose two papers that are complementary — it helps to choose designs with a common colour and make sure one has a plainer design.
Measure approximately two-thirds of the length of your present. Wrap the busier design on the larger side up to the two-thirds mark and complete the other end with the other paper. Using double-sided tape, stick a ribbon to cover the join.
Cut-out shapes and confetti contained by clear cellophane are the perfect way to add interest and movement to gifts.
To make, wrap your gift with your chosen paper shapes from scrap papers (or use confetti or scatters). Lay the shapes on to the cellophane, place the gift on top then wrap the cellophane around the present, sealing it with decorative tape.
Annie P. Paperie, Claremont, 9384 6035, anniep.com.au.
POM POMS TAKE 2
Pom poms are oh-so-easy to make, especially with a pom pom maker (available from Studio Bomba).
Leave a long string of yarn when tying off the pom pom, so it can be wrapped around the present. Add gift tags and, if your penmanship is not perfect, a label-maker is a good investment.
Studio Bomba, Leederville, 6500 1280, studiobomba.com.au.
MAKE YOUR OWN PAPER
Give your gifts a personal touch by potato-stamping or painting stripes on to brown craft paper in metallic paint.
For striped paper, space the stripes randomly to leave different sized gaps, use different sized paint brushes to vary your stripe size and don’t try to make the stripes too perfect — it’s OK if some are quite faint where the brush has run out of paint.
For stamped paper, make a potato stamp by cutting a large potato in half, leaving it face down to dry out for about an hour. Draw on a circle shape (trace around a bottle lid or shot glass as a guide) and carefully cut down around it, and then from the sides with a scalpel or small kitchen knife to reveal your raised dot. Do a couple of different sizes.
Use a paint brush to apply paint to the dot, then stamp away!
THE HABITAT TEAM
Give your pressies a fresh feel with geometric-print paper and fun embellishments. And if you’re one of those people who recycles gift wrap, the good news is these papers are suitable for use all year round.