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Christmas gets crafty

Remember this: the festive season means there’s no such thing as too much glitter!

You don’t need a fine art degree to design original gift wrapping that’s a visual treat. Express your inner creative spirit by raiding the art supply drawer and doodle, stick and stamp to your heart’s content.

Create polka dots with a pencil eraser. That built-in eraser on the end of pencils makes the perfect stamp. Simply dip in a little paint or an inkpad and work neatly across the length of paper in alternating rows.

Jazz up plain paper with glitter. Evenly space strips of painter’s tape at a 45-degree angle across plain wrapping paper. Spray with a general-purpose spray adhesive (you could also use a glue stick), sprinkle with glitter and carefully remove the tape for instant glam.

Download Fresh Living Gift Tags. There’s so many to choose from, they’re all free, and they look positively delightful – the perfect icing for your Christmas cake.

Wrapping a kitchen-related gift? Slice a lemon or orange in half, coat lightly in acrylic paint or artist’s ink and use as a stamp on plain paper. A celery stick can also be used as a stamp to create crescent-like patterns – who knew?

Raid junk shops for old black-and-white photographs and incorporate these into your wrapping for a sense of whimsy and nostalgia. For a modern touch, doodle on them with a metallic marker or glitter pen.

Use antique-style letter stamps to lend plainly wrapped gifts a sense of nostalgia. Stamp out festive words, a meaningful phrase or the name of the recipient, and finish with a pretty ribbon or simple butcher’s twine.

Mandy Allen