Ho! Ho! Ho! I’ve finished most of my Christmas shopping and now I’m on to one of my favourite parts of Christmas preparations – the gift wrapping.
Every year I like to come up with a new festive colour scheme and fun + fresh gift wrapping ideas to personalise and add that extra crafty touch of handmade to my presents. Sometimes I will design the gift wrap or make special gift toppers and gift tags.
This year I’m loving bright red, Tiffany blue and pastel greens with hints of gold. I’m also making use of all the wonderful colouring in sheets I have and experimenting with different ways to use my colouring in books – which are perfect to use for wrapping.
I’ve illustrated this little festive colouring in sheet for you to download and to make into a Christmas Paper Gift Topper to adorn your presents. You can choose to colour it in yourself or leave for your recipient to colour in. You can choose the adventure!
Let’s get Christmas wrapping!
How to make a Christmas Paper Bow Gift Topper
free printable colouring in sheet
coloured pencils or textas
double-sided tape or glue
Making the illustrated Christmas bow gift topper
Download the Free printable colouring in sheet. Colour in or you can leave blank for the recipient to colour in.
I used these dimensions per strip to make up my bow.
3 x 21H x 2.5Wcm
3 x 17H x 2.5Wcm
2 x 14.5H x 2.5Wcm
1 x 8H x 2.5Wcm
Don’t forget the bow tails too (I almost did!)
Dimensions: 16H x 3Wcm
Putting the paper bow gift topper together
Let’s start making the bow. First we need to curl each strip and secure the ends together with double-sided tape or glue. Repeat for all the strips except the last one which you secure into a loop.
After you have curled and looped your strips, start putting the bow together. To do this you begin forming the bow with the bigger paper curls working your way in with the smaller curls. The loop strip is to be secured in the centre. I used double-sided tape to glue my bow parts together.
Tip: Each curl is attached to another curl at it’s bottom, except for the centre loop.
Last attach the two bow tail ends together and stick to bottom of main bow with glue.
Once you get the hang of these, they can get very addictive to make! You can even make your bow fuller by adding more paper curls too!
Now your Christmas colouring in paper bow gift topper is ready to attach to your present.
You could also use the DIY Kiosk Christmas colouring in sheet to wrap your gifts or even use the off-cuts left over from the bow to make gift tags.
Happy jolly Christmas Crafting!
Project, photography and styling by Jenna Templeton Copyright (c) 2015