Has gift-wrapping become a lost art, usurped by the ubiquitous gift bag? I love wrapping presents – it’s perhaps the only crafty thing I can do well (beyond knitting a great scarf). A beautifully wrapped package elevates gift exchanges. Here are some tried and true techniques for package-prettifying, some of which are super simple; others worth the investment of time, especially when accompanied by a spiked eggnog and a lit tree in the background.
Reuse and Recycle
There are some exquisite wrapping papers out there, but if you’re mindful of the environmental impact, there’s a lot you can do with materials around your home. Whether it’s salvaged gift wrap from presents of yore, an old map, wallpaper samples or remnants… Even newsprint can make beautiful packaging. Just get creative and don’t forget to embellish for some added drama.
Let the Wrapping be an Extension of the Gift
Bringing some edibles as a hostess gift? Why not wrap these up in a festive tea towel for an extra gift?
Or try your hand at this traditional fabric folding technique (practiced since about 710AD). Furoshiki is traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used as wrap for just about any shaped object through a set of folds and knots (bottles, boxes, cards clothing – you name it). Furoshiki cloths are just stunning. But I’m sure you could make do with extra fabric you have at home, or that scarf that’s part of the gift.
For folding directions, click here.
Creative Gift Toppers
In lieu of a bow, your gift topper could include a cookie cutter, tree ornament, a little bit of the outdoors, or, as I did with my nephew, create a starburst out of multiple packs of Lego mystery guys. He will prefer this to a sticky bow I’m sure.
For more of HGTV’s gift topper ideas click here.
This personalized ribbon from the crafts department at marthastewart.com is so fun! The picture below is NotMartha.org’s beautiful execution of the technique. See it’s totally doable by those outside Omnimedia’s employ!