It’s getting to be that time where the holidays are flying by, and it seems like there’s barely enough time for #allthethings…like shopping for Christmas gifts, decorating the house and sending out Christmas cards (if you’re like me, you may not get around to that this year!). One of the things that’s always put me in the Christmas spirit is putting on my cozy PJ’s, spreading out all my wrapping paper supplies, putting on a Christmas movie, and wrapping gifts. It just puts me in the spirit and helps me unwind. Over the years, my mom taught me her best secrets for wrapping gifts and she taught me all she knows about making the prettiest bows. So now, wrapping gifts with really festive bows is kind of my thing…so I thought I would share some of my best gift wrapping tips for how to wrap the most Pinterest-Worthy Gifts Under the Tree this year.
So, when it comes to wrapping, it always starts with finding the perfect paper. I like to find really unique wrapping paper that doesn’t just look like the same old thing you see all the time. I like to find wrapping paper with a personality that also feels like it’s good quality. I hate a flimsy wrapping paper that crinkles and tears easily. I also like to make my wrapping paper coordinated with each other in some way so it doesn’t clash when it’s all together under the tree. I have a few places on my list that are my go-tos when it comes to wrapping paper. Sometimes if you’re wrapping a lot of gifts, or maybe you have gifts that are on the larger side, it can be difficult to find the kinds of specialty wrapping paper you want. My favorite places to buy large rolls of wrapping paper are Sam’s Club and Costco. You have to snag it early though, because it really sells out fast. The best thing about these larger rolls is that they are normally double sided so you can get two different designs in one roll. I love that! Sometimes you don’t want to look at the same thing all the time! If I’m looking for more specialty wrapping paper I like to check out Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, and TJ Maxx (Of course!). This year I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for for the longest time! I had a couple of rolls in my cart at Home Goods and when I got to the register there were boxes and boxes of wrapping paper. Needless to say, I had to tell people to go around me in line because I had to dig through all the wrapping paper they had. I ended up getting 6 or 7 rolls there and I have loved how it looks.
The most important part is the ribbon. You see, without the ribbon you’ve just got plain old wrapping paper. But adding a gorgeous bow takes your gifts to the next level. Seriously, whenever I take gifts to people’s houses for holiday parties someone almost always keeps the bows I make because they always talk about how much they love them. So, I thought I would teach you guys how I like to make my bows.
Step 1: Prepare Your Gift
Before you start making your bow, go ahead and take some ribbon and tie around your gift. Make sure it’s long enough so that you have excess ribbon left over that you can use to the bow onto the box.
Step 2: Cut Your Ribbon
When you make bows you’re going to want to use Wire Edge Ribbon. This helps you fluff it a bit. I like to use 2-3 different kinds of ribbon to mix into my bow. You’ll want 4-6 strips depending on how many kids of ribbon you’re going to use. I only have two different types of ribbon here, so I cut two strips of each. Try to make the pair of strips match in length. For example, the gold mesh ribbon is the same length and while the gold glitter ribbon is shorter than the mesh, they are about the same in length. This helps balance everything out. It doesn’t have to be perfect by any means, though.
Step 3: Criss Cross Your Ribbons
Once you have your ribbons cut, you will then lay them out alternating them diagonally.
Step 4: Gather Your Ribbons
Once you have your ribbons laid out in a star-like pattern, you’ll want to pick up your little cluster of ribbon, and pinch it in the center and gather it in the middle so it starts to look more like a bow.
Step 5: Attach Your Bow
Once you gather your ribbon, you’re going to carefully take it and tie it onto the gift.
Step 7: Fluff Your Bow
Once you get your bow tied on, you’re going to want to fluff out the ribbon and move it around so your bow looks nice and full. This part is all about putting on the finishing touches.
And, Ta Da! You’ve got a gorgeous bow!
And there you have it! Pair a gorgeous bow with the prettiest wrapping paper and you’re going to have the most fab gifts under the tree this year!
I hope these tips help you step up your gift wrapping game this Christmas!
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