10 Easy Gift Wrapping Tips to Make Your Present Perfect
The birthday season is year-round. Whether it's a Great Aunt’s 90th or your baby’s 1st birthday, there's always a milestone to be celebrated. Once you've done the hard work of selecting a set of stylish birthday party invitations and finding gifts they'll love-it's time to gift-wrap those presents.
Unfortunately, many people underestimate the importance of this step in the process: the wrapping can truly make the gift perfect. We're not all creative and crafty, but that doesn't mean you need to give up on making the gift look appealing.
Here are some ideas and tips for making your present look as good on the outside as it is on the inside.
Wrapping Paper Tips:
- "Brown paper packages tied up with string" is in the song for a reason! Don't underestimate the simplicity of brown paper wrapping. You can wrap it with string in the interests of tradition, or jazz it up with ribbon and a bow. Plus, it can't be beaten on price and convenience. You can pick up brown paper cheap in the stationery section of your local supermarket.
- For a little something extra, decorate plain white wrapping paper or brown kraft paper, using paint or pencils with a stencil, or with a rubber stamp and ink. Even simple polka dots painted by hand will be very effective, making you look like a DIY genius.
- Use two different wrapping papers that contrast but go together well. A good way of doing this is to use one that is just a straight colour and another that is patterned but contains the same colour. Wrap the gift completely in the plain paper and cut a thin strip of the patterned paper (about â of the width of the gift). Now, wrap it vertically around the middle of the present.
Ribbon and Bow Tips:
4. Ever used curling ribbon and found the top of the present looks a little thin and sad? Cut some extra lengths of the curling ribbon (about half an arm span), curl, and tie it around the knot on top of your gift. Adding a few of these will create a cheery, full 'bow'.
5. It can be super tricky to tie a bow on a gift without messing up your wrapping job. If you're having trouble, tie the bow in advance and work backwards, attaching it to the present afterwards.
6. If you find ribbon fiddly and difficult, consider getting some washi tape, or other decorative tape, and using that to lay out faux ribbon lines that are perfectly flat, straight, and don't slip off the edges. Genius!
Extra Decoration Tips
7. Consider topping your gift with a leaf or sprig of greenery, flowers or something similar. Just slip it underneath the string or ribbon. If you're worried about it staying put, add some double-sided tape or a dot of glue underneath.
8. Cardboard cutouts can be used as gift tags or as another great way of decorating a gift. Go with something your friend loves, something in the theme of the gift, or in the spirit of the occasion. This might be a birthday cake, graduation cap, Christmas tree, or something similar. Cut it out of card, punch a hole in it, and string it onto the gift.
9. Alternatively, you can stick paper cutouts to the wrapping paper for decoration. This might be as simple as circles cut from patterned paper and stuck to plain wrapping paper, or as complex as an elaborate picture pieced together from scraps of paper. Use the base wrapping as your canvas and go for it!
10. To really put your wrapping job over the top, you might also consider tying bells, pine cones or Christmas baubles into the string or ribbon, depending on the occasion of course.
There we have it! Use one or two of these tips the next time you've got a party
to attend to make sure your present wows before it is even unwrapped.
This was a guest post by Maddison Wallace from Paperlust. Maddison is head of content at Paperlust. She is a communications professional, postgrad student, part-time librarian, and occasional wedding photographer. She loves words and drinking cups of tea.