After the last experience I had with gift-wrapping during Christmas last year, I have since given up on patterned papers for gift wrapping.
I didn’t do such a bad job with it, but I felt the prints were kind of busy and it was not that worth spending money on since gift wrap paper was not exactly that cheap from Typo. The prints were lovely and festive, but they were ‘time-sensitive’, as I am not able to use the remaining Christmas gift-wrap paper until Christmas comes around this year.
I like to work with cheap and easily accessible materials for crafting. And the best place for cheap but useful materials to be used in crafting? It’s Daiso, of course (this is not a sponsored post btw, just sharing my fondness for cheap craft materials from Daiso).
The thing with Daiso I realised, is that you need to have a rough idea of what you plan to craft and be very specific with the kind of materials that can be used for your project, if not, you will end up cluttering your home with lots of cheap but don’t-know-what-to-do-with-them materials.
As I am into Origami and Kirigami lately, I have been buying Origami Paper. And from my last trip to Daiso, I couldn’t resist getting 2 of the $2 Washi Tapes that were sold there.
Since we are into the topic of Washi Tape, let me show off my collection.
Yup. It’s just 10 rolls of multicoloured washi and the two new rolls that I got from Daiso. You were expecting a whole stash, isn’t it? Well, I did say that I was a cheap crafter, I only buy what I know I will use. I have been using the multi-coloured tapes so much for my #InHisLoveMail snail mail packages, that I might have to get a replacement set quite soon.
I think Washi is one of the most ‘dangerous’ craft materials that are out there, especially the MT branded ones. It is easy to become a MT Washi Collector, but a little more challenging to be a frequent Washi user and knowing how to use them tastefully for crafting projects. Enough from me, griping about the dangers of Washi…
So without further ado, here’s sharing a gift wrapping idea combining Origami, Kirigami, Kraft Paper and Washi Tape.
What you will need;
1. Origami Paper (3 sheets, colour of your choice)
2. Kraft Paper
3. Washi Tape
5. Sticky Tape
6. Kirigami Bear Pattern (available together with the pattern in the next post)
*You don’t need a self-healing mat for this, as the Kirigami Bear Pattern can be easily cut out using a sharp pair of scissors
- Making the Origami Bow
The instructions to make the origami bow is found in a YouTube video here:
5) I used a gold pen to draw dots on the origami bow to make it a gold polka-dotted bow, you can keep it plain if you prefer.
- Making the Kirigami Bear
1) Fold the 15cm x 15cm Origami paper in half
2) Fold it into quarters – this is known as the Kirigami Rectangle 4-Fold
3) Make sure that the double v’s of the folds are facing the left side
4) Staple the bear pattern at the barn of the 4-fold rectangle, making sure that the edges are lined up with one other.
5) Cut out the pattern, and unfold the paper. You should see 2 pairs of bears joined together.
- Wrap the box or present with Kraft Paper
- Paste the Washi Tape vertically across, indented to the left of the box
- Intersect the Washi Tape horizontally across, indented to the 3/4 top part of the box
- Paste the Origami Bow on the intersection where the Washi Tape crosses one another
- And paste the Kirigami Bear diagonally below
And there you have it, a gift wrapping design with a Bow Origami and Bear Kirigami! This gift wrapping design can be for a guy (my dad’s birthday is coming up in April) as you can skip the drawing the polka dots on bow, and the bears make it less feminine. But it is adaptable for a gift for a child or a lady too.
**Note : The Kirigami Bear pattern will be available together with the pattern for the next post