Each year after you’ve finished wrapping all those lovely Christmas presents, do you ever think ‘what on earth am I going to do with all this leftover gift wrap?’ Don’t fret (or throw it in the recycling bin) – transform your leftover wrapping paper into beautiful Christmas decorations.
We asked paper craft expert Laura Reed from Things by Laura to create an easy to follow tutorial making Christmas decorations out of your used or leftover gift wrap. Follow the simple step by step guide and decorate your tree, presents and house to your hearts content with our gorgeous Christmas pinwheels.
Decide what size pin wheel you’d like to make
Cut a strip of paper. There is an easy way to work out what size your strip of paper to cut. Take the diameter you are aiming for, halve it to get the width of the strip and multiply it by 4 to get the length. For example:
- 5cm pinwheel = 2.5cm x 20cm strip
- 10cm pinwheel = 5cm x 40cm strip
- 15cm pinwheel = 7.5cm x 60cm strip and so on
If you don’t have long enough continuous lengths, glue together shorter pieces
Concertina your strip!
Glue or staple the two ends together
Push the pinwheel flat
Glue a circle of paper or card in the middle of your pin wheel, on the front and back
Use buttons, bells, gems, die cut shapes and anything else you can get your hands on to embellish your pinwheel!
You can make fancier looking pinwheels by cutting the concertina paper, before you glue the ends together
Add a ribbon or string loop to hang your pinwheels on your tree
Here is a video to show you in more detail how these are made!
Some more ideas on how to use your finished pinwheels could be gluing pinwheels to twigs from the garden make fun, festive alternatives to flowers
They make great gift decorations too!
Play around with the width of your folds to get different textures and hang them on your wall!
Gold star sequins
Visit Laura’s website to find out more about her and her bespoke creations: www.thingsbylaura.co.uk