Alison, who some of you know for sorting your orders, is also an expert present wrapper!!
She has been on loads of courses and goes tipsy over ribbons, bows and hand printed wrapping paper. We asked her to give her top ten tips for easy and effective wrapping, so read on to ensure your festive gift wrapping goes smoothly…..
What you need:
Ruler, tape measure or a length of ribbon or string, single and double sided tape, sharp scissors, your selected wrapping paper and cellophane or fabric and embellishments.
- Choose a table or kitchen work surface and stand up so that you can get the correct tautness on your paper and ribbon.
- Cut your paper to size so that you can achieve neat folds – cut the paper about 10cm longer than you need and cut it just over half way up the sides – use a ruler or string to measure this, it will make wrapping easier and your paper go much further.
- Wrap the paper loosely around the box and move it so that the top edge of the paper lines up with the edge of your box, fold under the edge approximately 1cm so that the edge is neat. Place a piece of double sided tape along the paper, about the same length as the box. Remove the paper so the tape is exposed. Pull the paper taut so that the edge is level with the edge of the box and stick down.
- Push the box so that it is properly centred. Fold the ends under, creasing the paper sharply to give a crisp edge.
- This bit is is harder to describe, but I’ll give it a go! You want the finished ends to look like an envelope or letter X, fold the two sides in and crease them sharply. Place your finger across the folded edges and pull the fourth edge of the paper up and then backwards so that the folded edge aligns with the centre of the “X” then release and fold the edge under. Use double sided tape to fix the end and repeat at the other end.
- Finally add a bow or ribbon to match or contrast with your paper.
90% of right handed people tie a bow as they were taught to tie a shoelace; make a loop and take the other end of the lace over the top and under, loop through and pull. Now, try it the other way, make a loop, take the end underneath and over the top, make a loop and pull it through – it takes a bit of practice but the resulting bow will be much neater. Trim the ends so that they fall within the size of the box, they should not overhang.
Well, that’s that! Happy wrapping everyone!