Wow it’s nearly Christmas! I feel like I have pretty much finished my Christmas shopping and now it’s time for the wrapping marathon to begin. Normally, its a running joke in my family that I am terrible at wrapping presents, but this year Cate convinced me to change this. We decided to get creative in order to reach Kung Fu in Wrapping.
We made four different designs but for the purpose of this blog post I am going to show you how I made my favourite! You can check out the video at the bottom if you want to see us in action.
You Will Need:
Good scissors (I threw mine because they were blunt)
Cardboard or a pom pom maker
Wool (I used green and red but you can choose whatever colour you fancy)
Felt – brown, red and a tiny amount of yellow for the beak
A black gem
Making the Pom-poms:
- Create the pom poms! You can buy pom pom makers from most craft stores. I made mine out of a pizza box because I couldn’t find my plastic one! To make your own just draw around a cup or something circular. Then you need to draw a smaller circle in the centre. Basically, create a donut.
- Wrap the wool around and around and around… it can take a little while. Once you think it is thick enough it’s time to cut along the edge of the disk, in-between the two layers of cardboard.
- Now comes the tricky part. You need to pass a strip of wool between the two pieces of cardboard, around all the strands of wool, and tie it tightly together. Don’t do what I did and pull it too tight or it will break and you might cry… well if you are like me you might.
- Now you can remove the cardboard rings. Trim any lengths of wool which are uneven to give your pom poms a tidy look.
I made one large pom pom and a small one. To change the size just draw your circle smaller or larger!
- Find a template online (Pinterest is awesome for this), or draw your own. Cate helped with mine! Create a separate template for the heart wing and the red belly. The beak is easy enough to do free hand.
- Pin the templates on the felt to stop it moving. Draw around the templates and cut out your felt pieces.
- Now to assemble the Robin. I glued the belly and the beak to keep it quick and simple but you can sew it if you want. I then sewed the wing into place with a slightly darker brown thread. This helps the wing to stand out. Now add a little gem for the Robins eye. Glue this into place.
- Once the Robin is dry and everything is in place you need to create a tag so that the receiver of such a stunningly wrapped present knows who they are! I traced around the same cup I used to make my large pom pom. Then hole punch the card and thread a piece of wool through.
- Place the pieces on the the present in a fashion that you think is visually pleasing. Then Sellotape the pieces into place so they do not move.
- Create a loop with another piece of Sellotape so that it is sticky on both sides. This will allow us to attach the Robin without it being permeant. Place the Robin over the joins so that it looks tidy.
- Add some red wool around the present if desired.
Yay all done! I honestly love this design, I am so proud of it and had to share it with you. I hope you enjoy wrapping your presents 🙂 xx