How to wrap a great looking gift
1. Start with a good work surface with plenty of space to spread out.
2. Whenever possible, put your gift in a box. A boxed gift is far easier to wrap neatly.
3. Use enough paper. The paper should be long enough to go around the box with a 2-inch overlap. (Too much paper is as bad as too little)
4. Use good , heavy-weight paper. Printed papers can be gorgeous, but high quality solids have impact, too. Rolls of craft paper or white paper make perfect, and inexpensive, season -spanning wrapping paper. A bone folder makes crisp fold line and edges.
5. Real ribbon looks luxurious.
6. Go monochromatic. Different hues and tones of the same color look elegant and sophisticated. Imagine varying shades of cream, green or browns. Add textural interest with monochromatic wrapping- a glossy satin bow against matte paper with a sparkly metallic holiday pick is gorgeous.
7. Add lots of pattern. Use the old decorating rule about combining patterns: Use 1 large and 2 small for great effect. Why not wrap the gift in large stripes, then wrap a strip of contrasting paper in a small pattern around the box. Tie it up with a ribbon done in tiny dots or checks.
8. Add embellishment. Whether it’s a gorgeous candy cane tucked into a red package, an oversized silk flower or seasonal branch, it will add dimension – and style- to your gift.
9. Add a meaningful message, Include a card with a few words of appreciation, a great quote or an inside joke. It’s the best finishing touch.
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