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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Christmas styling in pastels, gold, white and wood

It’s almost time to start decking the halls, planning the menu and the styling of the Christmas dining table, and wrapping gifts – things that I look forward to doing every year. I started a little early this year when Freedom asked me to share how I’d style my home using their new Christmas collection. I’ve chosen to go with a soft colour palette of pastels, gold, white and wood. I was after a sparkly but simple and modern look and I found beautiful pieces in store that fit my aesthetic perfectly. I styled my table setting, put up a stunning simple tree, wrapped gifts and made a wreath, and I can’t wait to show you…

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All styling and photography: Lisa Tilse for the red thread blog


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Shop Small Giveaway Winners

I love having giveaways on the blog – and I enjoy announcing the winners even more. The three Shop Small giveaway prizes are:

$150 voucher to use at Potteround Floral Design to fill your senses with beautiful blooms.
$150 voucher for Egg of the Universe wholefoods cafe – share a delicious lunch with a few friends.
$200 voucher to purchase something beautiful for your home from Sky Parlour.

GIVEAWAY WINNERS via the red thread


And the winners…

Winner 1 is ‘bj‘, who summed up shopping small and locally perfectly:

I always support local and shop small first. It is where you get personalised service; where you find that special item not everyone else is going to have; where often first jobs are given; where you can have a coffee “on your own but you are not”; fundraising for local kindergartens and schools happen; notices are put up. The hub of a community.

Winner 2 is Lisa, who wrote about her lovely neighbourhood (edited comment):

Within 500 metres of my door is the most wonderful old fashioned strip shopping centre with little more than a cafe, an IGA, a bakery, chemist and a wonderful butcher who greets his customers by name, ages his own meat, offers the kids a jelly bean and opens the door for all his customers. We truly live in paradise.

And winner 3 is Alisa Leabon who supports local small businesses (edited comment):

I always like to shop small where I can… I love going into a local shop or cafe where they know your name, what coffee you like or what your taste is. Everyone should be supporting their local small business first before shopping at the large chain stores. The service is more personalised and you may buy something unique!


None of the winners have left their email addresses, so please email me within 14 days or your prize will go to another entrant. bj, you have first choice of which voucher you’d like, so get in touch!


If you missed my Shop Small guide to Sydney’s Rozelle and Balmain take a look, and don’t forget to download my walking map and recommendations. Support your local community, shop local, shop small this Christmas.

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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.

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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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INSPIRATION :: Mimi Krichner’s embroidered portraits

These little sweet and quirky embroidered doodles are by American fiber artist and doll maker Mimi Kirchner.


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The works are postcard size and are currently in a show called Good Mail Day at the Artstream Gallery in New Hampshire. If you’re not familiar with Mimi’s amazing dolls check out her blog.


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