For me, wrapping a gift is a really satisfying thing to do. There are so many options available, with beautiful paper and trimmings available. I tend to use embellishments I already have – these include foliage & herbs from the garden, brown paper and twine (great for gifts for the men in your life). For ladies I sometimes embellish with broken jewellery pieces, recycled ribbon, scarves etc.
Last week I had a necklace to wrap to give my daughter. I did have a black box the right size but it was too plain and had writing on it. I glued a piece of lovely flocked wrapping paper from @Costco on the top then added red velvet rose trimming I purchased in the amazing Garment District in New York. I then wrapped the decorated box with the same paper and felt this made it really unique, she can throw away the outer paper and keep the box (below) with the necklace in it.
If I am buying paper I like to get it from Costco, the fact that is has squares marked on the back makes it so easy to cut and crease. A few years ago I was featured in the Costco Connection magazine and using the the lovely paper and ribbon they provided made wrapping an absolute joy. May I add I am not being paid for this post.
Here are some of my gift wraps from Christmases past
My top tips for wrapping are:
Always work on a hard surface
Place the gift in a box for easier wrapping
Use the seamless method whereby the paper join is on a long edge and doesn’t show
Keep a stock of brown paper and white tissue paper in the house and you will never be stuck
Learn basic Furoshiki wrapping – great for wrapping bottles and books
Learn how to tie a classic Tiffany bow using double sided satin ribbon – add a rhinestone brooch and make a statement!
Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a peaceful and happy Christmas