Kids Craft #1: Furoshiki Christmas Wrap
We’ve been wanting to add a special DIY column just for kids to our blog for ages and today we’re super proud to present our first craft!
With our passion for handmade arts and crafts, we wanted to create a new space on Penelope and Pip where your children, your nieces, nephews, grandchildren or the kids next door could find some original ideas for getting busy with the glue, pom poms and glitter just like you love to do.
Our kids craft column is all about exploration, imagination and spending Saturday afternoon away from the computer games making something cool.
So without further ado – here are all the steps for our first kids craft project – a sweet and simple handmade Christmas wrap in the Furoshiki style (‘cos we love crayons, eco-friendly wrapping and getting our cross-cultural craft on too!).
Let’s get started with materials:
- Safety scissors
- Fabric Crayons
- Fat Quarter of fabric
- Pinking Shears (optional)*
*TIP: If you’re little or you haven’t used pinking shears before, you can ask an adult to help or leave out that step
STEP 01 // MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE TEMPLATE (skip this step if you’re going to just free draw your design)
If you want all of your trees for your furoshiki wrap to be the same size, the easiest way is to make yourself a little template.
Use your ruler to measure how big you want your tree and draw your tree to that size in whatever style you like. An easy way is to draw a tree is to draw a little triangle at the top of a big triangle with a little rectangle as the stump.
Cut out your template with your safety scissors (get an adult to help if you find this part tricky).
STEP 02 // DRAW YOUR PATTERN
This is the fun part!
Use your fabric crayons to draw trees all over your fabric. You can use the template you made in Step 1 or go freestyle and draw as you go.
You can see I used all sorts of colours and drew a black outline around my trees to make the colours pop.
Do you see as well how I put my trees in all sorts of directions?
This trick makes for a really fun random pattern.
STEP 03 // TRIM YOUR FABRIC & SET YOUR INK
You can skip the trimming step if you don’t have pinking sheers. If you do and you have an adult to help you, trim around the outside of your fat quarter.
Now, get an adult to follow the instructions on your fabric crayons package to set the crayon ink on the fabric. This is usually done by covering the fabric with baking paper and pressing with a hot iron for a few moments.
Setting your fabric will mean your artwork won’t rub off and the person receiving your beautiful furoshiki wrap can use it for their own crafts too!
STEP 04 // WRAPPING YOUR PRESENT
There a loads of different styles of furoshiki wrapping. Our method is a simple one for those of you just starting out.
- Place your fabric right side down
- Put your gift in the middle of the fabric
- Fold over one side and then the other
- Gather up the ends and tie in the middle
You can add a knot at the end to keep your gift secure.
Now all that’s left to do is give your gift!
The best part of this Christmas wrapping paper is it can be used over and over again, which is great for the earth as well as the person receiving your gift.
We’d love to see your wraps too – you can email your pics to us here or drop us a line with a pic we can share at hello[at]penelopeandpip[dot]com.
Happy crafting kids!