Jane Means | www.janemeansblog.com
This week we have teamed up with Gift Wrapping expert Jane Means, to bring you top wrapping tips to impress your family and friends this Christmas.
1. For awkward shapes use flexible wrapping such as fabric, netting and crepe paper. This will mould round shapes easier than stiff paper. For extra large items use a vibrant paper tablecloth which is inexpensive (from Supermarkets) and large enough to cover bulky gifts.
2. Add fresh foliage and sticks to your gifts. Small sprigs of Rosemary, Bay or Ivy will add a rustic touch and add a hint of aroma too. This compliments brown paper and a few sticks from your countryside walks sprayed with a winter room fragrance will immediately add a festive flavour.
3. For large boxes, if you’re paper is too short, add a band of different paper (in a contrasting colour) and remember to fold any sharp edges under to give a polished finish. You can then add your ribbon on top of the additional band and it will be transformed in to a wrapped creation.
4. Tying in inexpensive Christmas decorations will add an instant focal point. If you like to have a theme each Christmas, this is a great way to recycle old decorations. Garlands can also be cut in to sprigs which will also add a festive touch.
5. For small items like earrings or vouchers make a simple envelope out of a thick paper (such as a wallpaper remnant). Fold in the 2 long sides, fold the main body in to thirds and secure with double sided tape. Further instructions can be found at janemeansblog.com.
6. When wrapping boxes use double sided tape to give a professional finish.
7. Keep the wrapping simple and ensure there is a focal point. By using a plain paper, you can add wired ribbon and a frosted berry decoration without overpowering the design. If you use a patterned paper, use a bold plain ribbon in contrast.