A while ago I spied this amazing woven DIY gift topper on Minieco.co.uk. Using nothing but coloured paper, it’s possible to make this incredibly easy, bright and cheerful present topper!
As my sister is a huge fan of colour – particularly rainbow colours, I decided to weave her one of these cute toppers to decorate the plain envelope containing her birthday present.
How to make it
All you need is a few sheets of coloured paper (I used A4, although A3 would allow you to go round a larger present) and a guillotine. I used five colours, but you can use as many or as little as you like.
Start by cutting equal-sized strips of coloured paper on the guillotine. I used two 1cm strips of each colour, so 10x strips in total. Once cut, place 5 strips vertically in a line on a flat surface, and weave the remaining 5 strips horizonally into it following the same colour pattern – like so:
The idea is to go under, then over, then under, then over etc, and to alternate the pattern so that a different colour is on top for every other weave. For example, it will go red, orange, red, green, red.
My strips weren’t quite long enough to go around the whole envelope, so I simply folded the paper round the edges of the envelope and secured the ends in place with some double-sided tape.
It really is ridiculously easy to make, and makes a very colourful first impression!