Wrapping Christmas Gifts
Wrapping Christmas gifts use up valuable time around the holidays. It takes time to wrap your package and add unique embellishments to make it as beautiful as possible. If you are like many people you probably just get the paper on as fast as possible and then use a premade, self stick bow to finish it. You may admire the beautifully wrapped gifts you see in magazines but real life often gets in the way.
With a little pre-planning you can create those beautiful packages yourself; without stressing out and without hiring someone else to do it. For the best results you will want to start as early in the year as possible. Don't wait until the last minute.
Gift Wrapping Supplies
If you keep your gift wrapping supplies on hand you can easily wrap gifts as you get them. This is helpful if you have a lot of Christmas gifts to buy. Just schedule a few every month and wrap as you bring them in the house.
One of the most important supplies needed for wrapping Christmas gifts is the paper. Rather than buying holiday themes try to get neutral paper that can be used for more than one occasion. For example, you can use solid red or red and white striped paper for both Christmas and Valentine's Day. It works well for birthdays, too.
Spend a little extra and get a good quality paper that won't rip when you go to wrap a box. This will save both time and money. Best of all, your frustration level will stay much lower.
Keep the wrapping paper in a plastic, resalable storage bin. This keeps it clean and neat and you always know where the paper is.
Gift tags can add quite a lot of individuality to your packages. You can buy premade tags or create your own.
To create your own use some heavy cardstock or begin with tags from an office supply. Punch a hole in the top if there isn't one and thread a piece of ribbon through it. You can cut the edges with specialty scissors that have scalloped or shaped edges. Use a variety of scraps, stamps, buttons, or other items to embellish the tag and make it your own.
You can also cut a part of the design from last year's Christmas cards and use these as artistic gift tags. Embellish by brushing on glue and embellishing with silver glitter if you like.
Tape and Scissors
You will need both tape and scissors if you are going to wrap gifts. The scissors should be sharp and kept for use with gift wrapping. Double sided tape is very helpful – you can create gift wraps that are nearly seamless.
There are lots of ways to add ribbon to your packages. You can create bows with wire edged ribbon or tie raffia around the package for a more casual look.
Glitter wire is a relatively new embellishment. It is often found in the ribbon section and consists of write that has small, glittery cut outs attaché. These can be anything but starts are certainly very appropriate for Christmas.
You can add a special touch to your package by using a variety of embellishments from around your home or from the local hobby store.
- Christmas Picks
- Wide ribbon
- Cookie cutters
- Candy Canes
- Small Christmas ornaments
Wrapping Christmas Gifts Step by Step
You can easily wrap beautiful gifts with these steps.
- Gather the materials in a clean area with a large, flat work surface.
- Remove the price tag from the gift.
- Unroll the paper and place the box on it. Unroll enough paper to cover the box and overlap by about an inch or two.
- Before cutting check to make sure there is enough paper to cover the ends completely.
- Cut the paper in a straight line.
- Bring one edge up over the box and tape it down.
- Bring the other edge over the box and pull taut. Tape the edge down.
- Turn the box so one of the open edges is toward you. With the right and left edges in your hand push the sides to the center and tape down.
- Fold the upper flap down smoothly against the box. Tape it down firmly.
- Bring the lower flap up to cover and tape firmly.
- Repeat with the other side.
- Turn box with the seam side down and add ribbon and embellishments.
Where to Buy Unique Gift Wrap
Be sure to plan ahead enough that you have a little time to spend on each package. If you will be putting the gift in storage you may want to wait and put the bow on right before putting it under the tree so that it doesn't get smashed or misshapen.
If you don't want to tag the gifts but would prefer to keep them anonymous until the big day just take a pen and make a small symbol for each recipient. Put the symbol on the bottom of the package so that only you will know who gets that particular gift.
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