One of my favorite things about giving gifts is wrapping them. I normally find a color scheme to work with and add lots of simple details. Here are three favorite wrapping tips to take ordinary wrapped presents and make them truly special.
And the best thing is, none of these ideas take Olympic level wrapping skills. Easy + pretty this time of year is exactly what I love to see.
Wrapping tip #1: Making the perfect present bow
A bow is most obvious way to turn a ho-hum box into a gorgeous gift. Making a great looking bow can be tricky though.
I learned this simple trick a few years ago to make all our present bows perfect. Instead of tying a knot at the top of the present, use a small bread clip. I save mine from packages throughout the year, or if you don’t have one on hand – a small paper with a hole punched in the middle will work as well. When wrapping the ribbons onto the top of the box, instead of tying the ribbons into a starting knot, thread them through the bread clip hole instead and then create your bow. Remove the bread clip after the bow is created. This gives the ribbon a gorgeously straight look and will allow each bow to lay perfectly flat against the box.
Wrapping tip #2: Details do the trick
Adding details like sticker stars and colorful paper dots is a simple way to make plain wrapping paper even more wonderful. Create a stack of gifts that are all special in their own way, but coordinate well for a holiday look that is spectacular.
This can be as easy as a trip to the local dollar store to find stickers, cut outs (used for craft projects), and simple looking gift tags. Combine them all for a present pile that is as pretty as it is generous.
Wrapping tip #3: Get creative with trim
Using border paper – like the kind teachers use to line their bulletin boards, is the easiest way imaginable to add a pop of color + texture to the presents. Taping the trim along the sides of a present creates a fabulous looking scallop that anyone can pull off.
Have you started wrapping yet? I wonder what other sneaky wrapping tricks I can learn this year. Please share if you have one. Happy present wrapping season!
(Photography & Art Direction ©A Subtle Revelry by Jesy Almaguer).