I was asked by the Sunday Times Style Magazine if I would like to be involved in an article on wrapping Christmas presents. How could I refuse when I’ve always had a thing for wrapping the perfect gift. I’ve even been known to rip it all off if I wasn’t happy with it and start all over again.
After the initial explosion in my head I was filled with both excitement and terror at what to come up with. The brief was to wrap a gift in a beautiful and inventive way but the deadline was short. After the initial flurry of running around getting materials and a riot of colour in my studio, I changed my whole concept and reverted back to my original idea. I wanted to do something Mid Century-ish and it had to involve wood in some way, well printed wood on paper.
I also wanted to incorporate some kind of 3D shape so I went with an Icosahedron. I made quite a few of them in brighter colours for my tree decorations last Christmas. There are two different size templates to download and they are quite easy to put together, just be careful of not getting the glue everywhere! Once the gift has been opened it can be used as a tree ornament. Two gifts in one.
The wood paper design is available to download in three different sizes. There are six different coloured tags and one wood version. They can be cut out and folded in half or you can cut off the back and just use the printed front. All to be used for personal use only of course.
You can download the designs to print yourself here… Have an Obsessilicious Christmas.
The string is just wrapped around six times. I decided to do it at an angle which is a bit tricky because you have to keep it taught. Start with securing near a top corner on the back with sticky tape and wrap around. If it proves to be too tricky then it can be done easily in straight lines.
I hope you like the designs and if you choose to use any of them then happy wrapping!