D.I.Y. mini balsa wood Christmas tree decoration
Take a trip to Bunnings and get creative – they have heaps of great wrapping options for your gifts. We're opting to use canvas and hessian fabric, both of which can be purchased in-store. You can also use leftover fabric you have at home, or recycled paper. The best part about using fabric to wrap your presents is that once they're opened, you can keep the material and use it again next year. Simple!
To make your gifts look great, purchase a selection of plain, cardboard boxes. These may be a bit of an initial financial outlay, but if you hang onto them, you can keep re-using them each year. Cheap boxes are available from discount shops, some supermarkets and department stores. You can also use recycled materials you have at home. Once you've picked a selection, cut your canvas or hessian to size. Remember to leave enough fabric at both ends to fold them in and tie them up.
Wrap your presents and use twine or thinly cut pieces of hessian to tie them up. A good tip to figure out how much twine you will need is to measure out the twine against every side, and leave a little extra for the bow.
Add a sprig of rosemary or oregano from the garden to your twine to finish off the look – just pop out to the garden on Christmas morning to make sure it's fresh! Native gum leaves, wattle and bottlebrush sprigs also look great.
And bask in the adulation you'll receive for being the DIY hero you are. Go you! Saving the planet AND making people smile on Christmas morning – winning!