One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is wrap presents. I think it’s because my mother is the master gift wrapper. We would sit together and she would teach me how to make the edges crisp and symmetrical, and fashion the bow in the perfect spot. My mom would hide regular items you find around the home in our boxes to throw us off. She would include a bag of macaroni noodles, or something of that nature that would rattle or make a fun sound. It always kept my siblings and I guessing as to what treasure was hiding in that box. Isn’t that fun? My mom would always wrap our siblings gifts in front of us so we would feel included. I can remember one year my older brother convinced me to tell him one of his gifts in exchange for learning one of my gifts. Guess who lost out on that? Yes the older brother didn’t stay true to his tip, and I got sold out! I have such fond memories and I love wrapping gifts with my family, I thought I would share my gift wrapping ideas for you!
I like to wrap gifts two different ways each year. I have beautiful wrapping paper and trimmings for our family members and other adults, and I love to find a festive paper for our kids. My husband would love to have bright neon cartoon style paper, but my taste typically wins…ha! Each year I have a theme…some years it’s been polka dots, some years it’s been brown paper, others it’s been the traditional red and green. This year I went with a white paper and a gold paper since I’ve decorated the main areas in my home in white and gold. For the ribbon, I love to use a wire ribbon or string. It helps give the bow just the right look, and it makes for easy tying as well. I like to use a patterned ribbon with solid paper and solid ribbon with patterned paper, but I like to switch it up too! I collect random left over pieces of trimming to fasten into the bows. It could be bells, small picture frame ornaments, ornaments, pine cones, etc. I love adding a little flare to each package.
Double Sided Tape
Wired Ribbon or String
Ornaments or other decorative item
Find a solid paper, and a paper with a pattern that coordinates.
Choose wrapping paper that has lines on the inside…it makes cutting so much easier!
Stock up on double sided tape.
Fold each edge and run your fingers down each edge to create a crisp fold.
Use 2-3 inch wire ribbon.
Tying the Bow:
Cut a long piece, wrap it around the front side of package and cross each ribbon along the back side.
Wrap the ribbon around to the front side.
Tie the two ribbons together once leaving the ends open.
Cut another piece and fold the ends in.
Set this piece on top of your first tie.
This is where you add any other decoration to it, and tie a bow around it.
Fluff the loops of the bow.
Curl under the edges.
You’re finished product should be a beautiful bow!
I hope this gives you some fun ideas to implement, and puts you in the spirit to wrap gifts for those you love!