Creative Gift Wrapping Tips
Learn some tips for giving your wrapped holiday gifts a professional look by adding coordinated decorative elements.
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Materials and Tools:
several rolls of wrapping paper, in colors to coordinate with your holiday decorations
feathers, dried seed pods, dried flowers or other natural elements
1. Using the box as a guide, determine how much paper you'll need by wrapping paper around box and cutting off excess. Tip: Always leave a few extra inches to ensure that paper seams will have plenty of room for overlap.
2. Turn box over, so the top of the box is on the pre-cut sheet of wrapping paper. Wrap paper around sides of box. To create a clean, professionally wrapped look, before taping sides together, fold the cut edge of the top piece of paper under and crease. Next, attach paper to box by adding a folded-over piece of tape to the folded-under paper edge. Repeat with the other two sides. By attaching the tape to the folded-under side of the paper, the tape will not be visible.
3. To decide how much ribbon you'll need, wrap fabric ribbon around box leaving several inches extra for a bow, then cut off excess. Tie a simple bow. Finish package by sliding a natural element, such as feathers, dried seed pods or flowers under bow for an added decorative touch.
Designer Erinn Valencich helps singer Jewel incorporate natural elements into her family's country Christmas celebration.