During the holidays, we spend hours purchasing the perfect gifts for our family and friends. I try to do all of my shopping before December to avoid the lines and craziness during the holidays. This gives me the chance to review my purchases, double-check my list and wrap the gifts in a timely manner.
Today there is a plethora of papers and ribbons that can be coordinated to reflect your own personality or decor. I usually select two or three papers with matching ribbons. A fabulous—and inexpensive—wrap can be as simple as brown bag paper with colorful ribbons.
Simple Steps to Proper Gift Wrapping
1. Gather your paper, tape and ribbon. Remove the price tag on the gift, wrap the item in tissue paper and place it in a box. Tape the edges of the box to seal.
2. Roll the paper out to fit all the way around the box with an inch of overlap.
3. Place the box in the middle of the paper and fold the paper around the entire gift. Pull tight and crease each edge. This is a very important step. Use tape to secure the paper to the box. I fold the closing side for a more finished edge.
4. Fold each end to create a triangle. Tape one triangle to the box and then fold the other end into a triangle and tape down.
Again, be sure to crease each edge as you go.
5. Use a coordinating ribbon to finish your gift. You can just tie it around the box or make a big, festive bow.
Simple Steps for a Proper Bow
1. Wrap your ribbon around the package. Tie it in a knot with several inches left on each side. Cut the loose ends at an angle to make a pretty edge.
2. Cut another piece of ribbon (mine was a little more than 3 feet) and make several loops while you hold it in the center.
3. Use an additional ribbon or wire to tie the center while you are holding it with your fingers.
4. Use your fingers to spread out each loop to create the bow.
5. Trim the edges at an angle.
6. Use the two loose ends from the first ribbon to tie around the center of the bow you created in steps 2-4. This will secure the bow to the package.
7. Fluff to make it perfect.
Whether your gift is big or small, the presentation of a beautifully wrapped gift adds to the excitement of the holidays.
May you and your family have a wonderful and blessed holiday season.
As always, thanks for reading!
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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am
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HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am
You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm
Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition.
Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm