10 DIY Christmas gift wrap ideas

Have you started wrapping gifts yet? Perhaps you’re already finished? You might be like me some years: wrapping at midnight on Christmas Eve! If you’re yet to begin and are looking for inspiration I thought I’d share some lovely and fun ideas for wrapping this Christmas – you can even get the kids involved with painting and stamping paper, and making lovely gift toppers.


God’s eye gift toppers by Honestly WTF



Stamped patterned gift wrap by Paper & Stitch


How to make gorgeous gold paper storage sacks :: tutorial on theredthreadblog.com

Gold paper bags by the red thread



Snowflake gift toppers by Confetti Sunshine



Painted gift wrap by Sunday Collector


the-red-thread-printable-tags1 Printable gift tags by the red thread


Photographic prints and twine by Artifact Uprising


the red thread fabric gift bags No-sew fabric gift bags by the red thread


Confetti wrap by mini eco


the red thread hama / perler beads tags

Hama bead tags by the red thread

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the Makers pop up event :: curated handmade gifts

I’ve teamed up with the lovely girls at Shibori Textiles to hold a pop up shopping event featuring the makers of beautiful handmade goods. The makers include Jacqui Fink, ther.a.py, me we, Louise M Studio, felt divine, Sally Campbell, Hayden Youlley, Shibori Textiles and yours truly.

Come and join us and shop local, support handmade and the makers this Christmas. You’ll fine high quality, beautiful and unique gifts that you may just want to keep for yourself.

the-makers-pop-up-via the red thread blog

the Makers

Saturday 29 November
from 10 – 4

Shibori Textiles
30a Sailsbury Road


Here’s a little taste of what you can expect to see: shibori dyed homewares, bespoke leather clutches, extreme knitting, ceramics, textiles, art, bags, jewellery, woven hangings and more.

the makers 1 via the red thread blog the makers 2 via the red thread blog

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TUTORIAL :: Make a gorgeous gold paper storage sack

This tutorial on how to make gorgeous gold paper storage buckets is an excerpt from my digital magazine SCOUT. If you aren’t familiar with SCOUT magazine this will give you a little complimentary taste of the 148 pages of wonderful things to make, bake and give. Stay tuned tomorrow for exciting news on what’s happening with SCOUT in the new year.

Super stylish. Super easy to make. Super practical. These crushed paper storage sacks are all that and they’ll cost you less than a dollar each. They’re perfect for holding craft supplies, stationery, make-up, plants or even Christmas gifts. Even though they’re made of everyday brown paper, they’re actually very durable. The secret is in the making: when you scrunch up paper it becomes softer and is less likely to tear.


How to make gorgeous gold paper storage sacks :: tutorial on theredthreadblog.com

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LATELY IN MY LIFE :: Byron Bay Holiday

I have a lot of things that I’ve been meaning to post that seem to slip through the blog cracks after I’ve shared little bits on Instagram. Our road trip to Byron Bay in the last school holidays is one of them. We rented six beach houses with four other families (and extended family members too) which were grouped together in a gated area right on the beach just outside of Byron. It was perfect. There were four 10 year old kids – all only children – who had such a fun time hanging out during the day and having sleep overs at each others houses at night. We took turns at cooking dinner and hung out together on the deck at night. There was swimming, beach combing, sand sculpting, walking, kite flying, board games, sparklers and glow sticks, and water bomb fights.

The weather was a bit patchy but we didn’t want to hang out in the sun all day, so it was perfect.

the red thread at Tallow beach

I bought this gorgeous big hand carved spoon at the Byron Bay markets.

the red thread Byron Bay holiday

We visited the Crystal Castle which has the most divine lush gardens and a labyrinth with an amazing calming and peaceful energy. The kids and a couple of the mums spent an afternoon horse riding on the beach.

the red thread visits the crystal castle the red thread visits Byron Bay

And I spent a morning teaching children to felt, and an evening teaching a workshop making woven fabric vessels, both at Meet Make Create, hosted by lovely Nikki of Paper Runway. Her studio space is light and bright and the perfect space for workshops, especially because it is upstairs from the fabulous cafe 100 mile table. If you’re up Byron way check out Meet Make Create for creative workshops, and keep an eye on Paper Runway for the fabulous events Nikki runs.

the red thread weaving workshop

There was a mandatory visit to the Big Banana at Coffs and the Byron Bay light house, as well as lots of cafes and a few local markets.

the red thread road trip


All of which made it the perfect family road trip.


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Make a braided cuff bangle using Hama beads

Make this braided cuff bangle with my tutorial, using just Hama beads (aka Perler beads) and memory wire. It’s a great accessory for under $10, and the perfect craft for older children to do in the school holidays.


Make-a-Hama-Bead-cuff   Wearing-Hama-Bead-cuff

the red thread hama bead cuff



You can find my step by step tutorial to make this cuff bracelet on Tuts+


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