Holiday Gift Topper Tutorial

Donkey, bird, and mermaid gift toppers

DIY gift wrapping to personalize your presents! 

Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with a gift topper tutorial using Goldfaber Color Pencils. I have made a complete materials list for you.


Grip 2001 Graphite Pencil - HB - #117011

Kneadable Art Eraser - Grey - #127220

Goldfaber Color Pencils - Tin of 48 - #214748

Kraft cardstock, 8.5 x 11 inches



How a gift is wrapped adds so much joy to the gift itself. For this holiday season, let’s make some fun gift toppers to personalize the gifts.

You can use traditional symbols or create special one unique to your gift recipient for these gift toppers or mix both as I did. I chose a Dala horse, a dove and a mermaid.

Sketch on cardstock with graphite pencil

Start by making light sketches of the designs using Grip 2001 Graphite Pencil - HB on thick kraft cardstock.

Animal sketches with Goldfaber color pencils

Color with the Goldfaber color pencils. I used White #101 for the horse. You’ll notice how richly the pencil covers the kraft surface. For the dove, I started with #115, #132 and #199. Feel free to choose non-traditional colors for your gift toppers.

Bird, donkey, and mermaid on cardstock with Goldfaber color pencils

Add details to the horse with #140 and #283, to the dove with #108, #126 and #131 and the mermaid with #115, #131 and #140. Leaving some Kraft cardstock to show through as a design element. Using Kraft cardstock as the foundation adds warmth to the pieces.

Donkey, bird, and mermaid on cardstock with Goldfaber color pencils

Finish coloring and erase pencil lines.

Donkey, bird, and mermaid cut out with scissors

Cut the toppers out carefully with scissors. Create a variety of designs

In my next tutorial, I’ll share with you how I am personalizing my gift wraps this year to add a handmade touch to the holidays.


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