1. Minimalist Marvel
Sophisticated neutrals with a feminine touch, for the design lovers in your life. Leather bows add modern opulence. Attach simple cards with washi tape for a crafty finish.
How to make: Lovely Leather Tassels
You will need: Piece of leather, fabric scissors, hot glue gun, string or black cord.
Step 1: Cut a 5-cm long, 2-cm wide leather strip.
Step 2: Turn strip lengthways. Make small cuts about 0.5-cm apart along the long side, stopping at the middle of the strip.
Step 3: Cut 10 cm of cord and tie ends together to make loop.
Step 4: Place knotted end of loop at one end of strip on solid half, on back side of strip.
Step 5: Heat glue, then glue along solid side of strip. Roll strip, starting with end where knot has been placed, and completely roll up to form tassel, with cord sticking out the top.
Step 6: Hold tassel firmly until glue dries. Loop it through a hole on tag, then attach to gift.
How to make: Luxe Leather Bows
You will need: Craft or utility knife, ruler or tape measure, A4-sized leather piece, pencil, leather glue, mini pegs.
Step 1: Using sharp knife and ruler to guide you, cut 2-cm thick long leather strips.
Step 2: From the strips, cut 3 x 16-cm lengths, 2 x 15-cm lengths and 1 x 5-cm length.
Step 3: Turn the five longer strips over and use pencil to mark centre on back of each strip.
Step 4: To make the points of the star, take the end of each strip and glue the side facing down to the middle of the side facing up, then secure with peg. Set aside to dry, then repeat the process for each longer strip.
Step 5: Repeat step 4 for the other end of each longer strip, so both ends of strip are folded into centre, with right sides facing up.
Step 6: Once dry, remove pegs and layer the three longest pieces on one another, intersecting the middle of each piece on the diagonal. Glue, add pegs and allow to dry.
Step 7: Repeat step 6 with two 15-cm lengths.
Step 8: Loop the 5-cm strip into a small cylinder to fit on top of bow. Glue ends together then glue cylinder into position.
Where to get materials:
• Kaiser craft knife, $5.99, from Spotlight.
• Border black washi tape, $2.60, from MT Tape Singapore.
• Faux leather in tan, $21.99 per metre, from Spotlight.
• 3M Scotch advanced formula super glue, $3.80, from Horme Hardware.
• Mini peg pack of 30, $5.99, from Typo.
• Assortment of gift boxes, from $6.90, from NBC Singapore.
2. Fun and Vibrant
Colourful, crafty and playful for arty friends, family and children. Involve the kids in painting wrapping paper (it’s good enough to frame) and make cute pompoms that are forever recyclable.
How to make: Pompom Wow
You will need: Yarn, fork, sharp scissors.
Step 1: Wrap yarn around fork prongs.
Step 2: After 15 to 20 revolutions, thread piece of yarn through fork’s middle prongs and tie firmly around layers of yarn.
Step 3: Carefully remove tied yarn from prongs. Cut each loop at the centre point, fluff out into ball, then trim to neaten.
How to make: Cute Woolly Tassels
You will need: Yarn, 5-cm x 10-cm piece of cardboard, scissors.
Step 1: Wrap ball of yarn around longer sides of cardboard about 15 times. Cut ball of yarn.
Step 2: Cut 15-cm piece of yarn and slide one end under wrapped yarn on one side of cardboard. Pull to top and tie in loose knot.
Step 3: At bottom of tassel, cut through layers of yarn. Carefully remove cardboard.
Step 4: Tighten knot at tassel’s top then thread piece through bead for tying to gift.
Step 5: Cut another piece of yarn and wrap around tassel, about 1-cm from top. Tie a knot, then tuck ends into tassel.
How to make: Freehand Colour Pop Paper
You will need: Plain white wrapping paper, paint in various colours, paintbrush.
Step 1: Select paint colour and paint short, fat strokes on paper. Let dry.
Step 2: With another colour, paint strokes slightly overlapping first strokes in different directions.
Where to get materials:
• Assortment of yarn, $2, from Daiso.
• Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint, $2.34 per pot, from ArtFriend.
• Pebeo pop art brown polyamide brush set of four, $8.90, from Overjoyed.
• Semco Bird embroidery scissors gold, $6.99, from Spotlight.
• GIVANDE gift wrap roll in white, $2.90, from IKEA.
3. Get Bedazzled
Edgy, moody and avant-garde. Decorate gift boxes with shards of old CDs and create slick gift tags to dazzle the receiver.
How to make: Black And Silver Shard Tags
You will need: Black and silver sheets of A4 card, scissors, black cord or string.
Step 1: Cut various-sized shard shapes out of both black and silver sheets of card.
Step 2: Tie a small knot at end of cord.
Step 3: Make small hole in top of each card tag, then thread cord through hole of first shard until it catches on the knot at end.
Step 4: Tie second knot on cord after first shard, leaving enough space between knots so shards can swing freely. Thread cord through hole of second shard in alternating colour until it catches on second knot.
Step 5: Tie third knot on cord after second shard, then thread cord through hole of third one in alternating colour until it catches on third knot. Cut cord then tie or tape to gift.
How to make: Music Mosaic Box
You will need: Gift box, hot glue gun, old CDs, sharp scissors.
Step 1: Use scissors to cut CD into pieces.
Step 2: Heat hot glue gun, then glue shattered CD pieces on top of gift box, forming mosaic pattern. Allow to cool.
Where to get materials:
• Glitter tape in bronze, silver and gold (pack of three), $12.90, from kikki.K.
• Gift boxes in onyx, from $5, from Prints International.
• Simplicity Black President Braid 6-mm, $2.49 per metre, from Spotlight.
• Stanley Gluepro mini hot melt glue gun, $13.25, from Horme Hardware.
Text: Bauer / Additional reporting: Elizabeth Liew
Photos: Kristina Soljo/Bauer