Hands up if you’re in the mood for a festive gift topper DIY? Yeahhh, I knew you’d be!
I know it’s still early December, but there’s no harm in getting a head start on the holiday planning because we all know how this goes right? Despite the best of intentions, Christmas will sneak up on us and before you can say ‘holy jingle bells Batman’ it’ll be Christmas Eve and we won’t have bought a single gift yet. What? Am I speaking from personal experience you ask? No, not at all!
…okay maybe just a little. 😉
On the rare occasions that I’m not running around last minute buying presents like a crazy person, the whole process of festive gift wrapping becomes one of my favourite parts of the season. I guess that’s the big ol’ stationery nerd in me coming out to play – I just can’t say no to all that paper, ribbon and colour!
This year, I thought I’d make some yarn wrapped stars to add to my gifts and they’re so easy to DIY that I’m finding it hard to stop. Luckily, these little guys also make great Christmas tree decorations so I guess I know where I’ll be putting the leftovers.
Want to make your own? Follow along below!
- Yarn or embroidery floss
- Wire (I used 20 gauge jewellery wire)
- Wire cutters
- Small star shaped items (I used cookie cutters)
- A wrapped gift 🙂
Get your wire and start shaping it around a star shaped object (like a cookie cutter). Cut off the excess, making sure you leave enough wire to wind the ends together.
Twist the wire ends of your star together with a pair of pliers to close off the shape.
Just before you finish twisting, place one end of your yarn between the two pieces of wire so that the yarn is clamped in place. Try to keep the twisted wire as neat as possible so that the sides of your star remain nice and straight.
Start winding the yarn that you trapped between the two ends of your wire all the way around the star. The twisted wire will hold the end of the yarn in place so that it doesn’t unravel as you wind the rest of your yarn around the star.
Once you’ve covered the whole star with yarn, tie a knot to keep it from unravelling.
Place the star in the middle of your gift and loop the yarn around the back of the gift. Then tie it to the other end of your star and trim off any excess.
That’s all there is to it; pretty easy hey? I love how delicate these little gift toppers look on a nicely wrapped present, and don’t forget – once all the gifts have been unwrapped, your friends can can use the stars afterwards as Christmas tree decorations!