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Gift wrapping is serious business, and cannot be taken for granted.

Whether you can’t wrap a present to save your life or are the Wrap Queen of 2018, these cute ‘n’ chic ways to package your parcels this Christmas are the bomb.

Y’all are welcome, if you wrap gifts like these then you’ll earn some MAJOR brownie points…

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1.  The Car

All you need is brown paper, some string and a mini-tree (cut part of a bush and spray paint the tips white). Honestly this is just too adorable, the present outside of the gift is just as good as inside.

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2. Animal style

Why give a regularly wrapped gift when you can create a zoo of animal presents with some coloured paper, googly eyes and markers.

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3. The Colour-Me-In

Why give them store-bought wrapping paper when you could let their inner Picassos shine through?

So much paper is wasted when it comes to wrapping gifts, it would be lovely to create something artistic with the material.

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4. The Music Sheet 

As Madonna once sang; “Music…makes the people…come together…yeah.”

This applies for wrapping presents too, FYI. Try using music sheets to package your gifts, and you’ll be the new musical diva of Christmas.

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5. Santa Paws

This one is a slightly unusual tactic to take this festive season, but maybe it’s worth a shot? Unless PETA hear about it…*winces*

Surprise a loved one with a wrapped up kitty kat this year, unless Santa Claws rips her way out first.

6. Marvel at the Marble

Some gold and paint on white paper mixed with watery dark tones can create a marble effect like MAGIC.

It’s honestly looks so sophisticated, we can’t even cope.

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7. The Chalkboard

Get yourself some black wrapping paper and white makers to create the chalkboard effect, and you could even write a cute lil’ message especially for your loved one to read.

If its a sibling who you constantly squabble with, you could also just write: ‘Santa prefers me.’

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8. Flower Power

If you’ve got a penchant for origami, this is the gift wrapping idea for you.

We’re going to assume that most of you don’t, in fact, have an obsession for origami.

Nevertheless, you can craft flowers by watching some decent Youtube tutorials, or just using cut up coloured sugar paper layered on top of one another, and using black fringed paper for the centre.

It’s probably harder than it looks, but it could be worth a try…

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9. Calendar girls

Why not mark the special occasion by…literally marking the special occasion. On your present. Genius or what?

It also helps the environment from unnecessary waste if you decide to use this year’s calendar for wrapping your gifts. EUREKA.

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10. Fairy lights

Light up your loved one’s lives (yes, we actually said that) with this adorable gift wrapping idea.

All you need for this one is some brown paper and markers, and add glitter to spice it up. Simples.

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We’re definitely going to try and tackle some of these gift wrapping ideas, they’ll add a creative and personal touch to anyone’s Christmas.

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Enjoy gals, let these be the guidelines for your future career as a Wrap Goddess.

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So Instagram has been pretty obsessed with the Unicorn Frappe lately, but there is a new Starbucks shenanigan that's about to blow up. 

Crafty mum and businesswoman Erin Maynard has gained a cult Instagram following thanks to her amazing adaptations of the popular coffee houses' drink cup.

 

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The creative has taken to bedazzling Starbucks cups in the best possible way, and is showcasing them online.

Starting with a plain cup and a stash of random embellishments, Erin created divine designs for the beverage dispensers. 

From a decadent encrusting of pearls to a striking statement piece based on Game of Thrones covered in swords, you can see the hard work (an litres of glue) that went into the embellished cups.

 

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"My little sister bedazzled me a cup for Christmas and I took it one step further," she told Seventeen.com.

The brains behind Storybook Cosmetics saw how gorge the cup looked, and decided to make a hobby of it. 

 

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Along with the opalescent cup and the Game of Thrones homage, Erin also tapped into our love of Disney with a delightful Tangled Rapunzel cup.

We need it for our next Disney marathon, tbh. 

 

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Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Now that we've finally said goodbye to Christmas, the end of winter won't be far behind.

If you're looking to revamp your bedroom to embrace the light, fresh vibes of spring, then we have a few tips to get you started.

Make 2016 the year you create a living space you love.

1. Mix it up with prints
Forget about matching because vibrant clashing prints are perfect for brighter days. So mix and match bright florals, tribal prints and bold colours for a lively and fresh look.

 

 

2. Use neutrals as a base
White and cream are the perfect base for all of those fun and bold colours. So when it comes to basics like bedsheets, curtains, walls and ceilings, keep it crisp and clean.

 

 

3. Small touches can make all the difference
If you don't have the time (or the permission from your landlord) to fully re-decorate, bring life into your room with simple touches like artwork and printed cushions.

 

 

4. Let the natural light in
Replace dark curtains with white or sheer ones, clear beauty products, photo frames and other clutter off your window sills and really open up the room. If you don't have large windows, hang or prop a large mirror against a wall to make the room appear bigger and brighter.

 

 

5. Bring nature to the room
Get a bunch or two of fresh flowers at your local supermarket (once spring hits, daffodils will be oh-so cheap) and pop them in a cute bottle or vase for an instant springtime feel. Just don't forget to replace them after a few days! Alternatively go for some fake flowers and a metallic sprayed branch or two.

 

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If you suffer from hay fever or just can’t be bothered looking after actual flowers, making your own paper flowers is a great alternative (and they’re very pretty).

All you need is some crepe paper, wire, a stapler and a scissors. Once you get your supplies, it’s time to get crafty!

Method

1. Cut your crepe into equal size squares, about the size of your average napkin

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2.  Fold each sheet of paper like an accordion, the way you used to when you were making a paper fan

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3. Fold the sheets in half

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4. Wrap the wire around the centre at the bottom and staple for security

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5. Fan out the tissue to pull apart the petals. You’re done!

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Images from wikihow.com

 

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Can’t afford fancy delf? No problem, dress up euro shop plates and mugs by writing on them with sharpie pens and baking them in the oven – how easy!

What you’ll need:

  • Plain plates or mugs
  • Sharpie pens
  • An oven pre-heated to 180°C

What you’ll need to do: 

  1. Draw your design using a stencil or freehand – whatever you like!
  2. Place in the oven for 30mins.
  3. Allow the oven to cool completely before removing.
  4. Handwash only – the dishwasher will fade or remove the design.

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