I looked at the pile of gifts under the tree, frowning. With five different patterns of gift wrap, everything looked … wrong. Where was the festive mood I’d prepared for, that Norman Rockwell backdrop? Something definitely didn’t ring right for that long-planned-for moment.
It was the wrapping. Yawn.
Special moments need special preparation. Given a bit of time and inspiration, something as small as gift wrapping techniques make a big difference.
Think of gift wrap as a theme – match them to your room décor, and make sure to use no more than 3-4 different papers.
Simple can be elegant. Wrapping packages in plain brown shipping paper and topping with something extraordinary is beautiful. Try a small pine branch and pine cone, a touch of gold leaf, or red berries. No ribbon or bow needed – tie it off with a length of raffia.
White paper with metallic is also timeless. Paper may be left plain or sparingly leafed with gold, silver or bronze to match ribbons.
Dress a package up as Santa or Rudolph. For either character, wrap a rectangular or square package in plain, red wrapping paper.
For Rudolph, cut a triangle and teardrop-shaped ears from brown Kraft paper. The triangle should be large enough to reach top-to-bottom of the box. Using glue stick or double-sided tape, attach the triangle and ears to the front of the box. Decorate Rudy’s face with large googly-eyes, a mouth and, of course, his bright red pom-pom nose. Curled chenille stems can become antlers.
For Santa’s suit, glue white faux fur trim around the top and bottom of the box, and straight down the middle. Glue 3-5 large, black buttons to one side of the trim.
Oatmeal containers make great snowmen. Spray paint white (don’t forget the inside!) and allow to dry. Glue on goodly-eyes. For a snowman, texture-paint a carrot-nose and coal mouth. Glue buttons down his front and tie a scarf around his neck.
Gift wrapping techniques are only limited by your imagination! Use clip-art, garage sale china and boxes, and paper punches to your advantage. Have fun!
– by Debra Dyess