We all remember making paper snowflakes at school, right? Well, rather than buying any old wrapping paper, we thought we’d call upon our very own DIY expert, Shini Park (aka Park & Cube) to give us a step-by-step gift wrap tutorial. She deploys the simplest of materials and old-school crafting methods, with delightful results. Whatever’s inside the box, your offerings will look gorgeous.

Shini’s paper snowflake gift wrap

You’ll need

  • Brown paper
  • SprayMount or Pritt Stick
  • Colourful origami paper or solid colour craft paper (cut to square)
  • String or ribbon
  • Sellotape
  • Scissors

‘As an alternative to string or ribbon, use thick yarn or bobble trimmings to give a more homey feel’

To make the paper snowflake

  • 1

    Begin with a square sheet of paper and fold it diagonally to make a triangle.

  • 2

    Fold in half again so the pointy corners meet.

  • 3

    Along the long edge, fold the flap a third of the way, and fold the other flap on top.

  • 4

    Using scissors, cut across the bottom of your paper so that it’s straight.

  • 5

    Cut lines in the triangle, making curvy lines and cutting out boxes for a variety of shapes.

  • 6

    Unfold the paper.

How to wrap

  • 1

    Using the brown paper, cut according to the size of your gift.

  • 2

    Wrap the gift traditionally.

  • 3

    Lightly spray or apply glue to the back of the origami, making sure your place a newspaper underneath to avoid stickiness if you’re using SprayMount.

  • 4

    Place it diagonally on the packed gift.

  • 5

    Using a different paper, create a paper snowflake.

  • 6

    Tie the string or ribbon into a bow.

  • 7

    Create a few and play with combinations.

Et voilà!

Shini’s top tips:

  • This trick looks best with square boxes. If your box is rectangular try using a bigger piece of coloured paper so that the snowflake covers the entire length of the box. Then wrap down the excess with string or ribbon.
  • As an alternative to string or ribbon, use thick yarn or bobble trimmings to give a more homey feel.
  • If you’re worried about the decoration getting crumpled in transit, glue the snowflake flat onto the gift and secure with ribbon.

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