Great Gift Wrapping Ideas
Thinking of new gift wrapping ideas can be a chore, or it can be fun with a little bit of creativity and
practice. On this page we will give you some gift wrapping ideas for decorating presents in unusual and unique
ways. So when you are sitting next to your pile of gifts for wrapping then you can apply some skill and artistry
and deliver something special.
Before we start here is a checklist of what you might need:
Gift Wrapping Checklist
- Wrapping paper. You can choose color scheme where the ribbon and paper matches, or
you could just see what happens with you combinations.
- Ribbons. You can buy pre-folded ribbons if you like, but later we will show you how
to create your own
- Sticky tape or glue. You can get tape dispensers that fit onto your wrist and
dispense pre-cut tape when you need it. This makes wrapping so much easier.
- Scissors. Make sure these are sharp.
- Name Tags. These are a necessity when you have many gifts to wrap. Apply them
immediately so you know what belongs to whom.
- Bows, confetti etc. Or anything else that you might like to use in your wrapping
When you are wrapping gifts there are a few basic rules to follow:
Gift Wrapping Basics
- Have a suitably sized piece of wrapping paper
- Cut the wrapping paper to the correct size
- Ensure you pull the wrapping paper tight
- Have your sticky tape or glue ready
- You can fold over any ragged edges and stick them down
Gift Wrapping IdeasBrown Paper and Tartan
This is a simple wrapping scheme that looks great. The brown paper provides a perfect background for a bright
tartan ribbon. You could try using other plain papers and ribbon colors.
This type of wrapping is very clean and when done with matching metallic and plain papers can look very
sophisticated. You could further embellish the wrapping with a fresh flower. A single rose looks very effective
You can make your gifts stand out by using very bright contrasting colors such as bright pinks, metallic or
gloss colors. You could try to make the colors match. If you want to be really fancy you could use a color wheel to
help you. Or just have fun. If the colors are way out then at least they will remember your gift.
Here is an unusual gift wrapping idea - wrap the present in sports colors. This is especially appropriate if the
gift is connected to the sport, such as a baseball glove or soccer ball.
Finishing TouchesA Surprise Inside
Try placing confetti inside the wrapping so that it will spill out as the gift is opened. For specific birthday
or event you can purchase metallic confetti with appropriate words and numbers.Extra Decoration
If you do not want to get confetti mixed with the gift then you could double wrap the gift. Just ensure that the
confetti is easy to clean up and will not cause any damage.
You could use plain paper and then stencil or print designs onto the paper. This works especially well if you
allow a child to 'potato' print the wrapping paper for a gift (just be careful that the gift is not destroyed by
You could attach plastic spiders or similar small objects to the wrapping. Again be careful that the items can
do no harm or damage.
Obviously there are many types of ribbons, cards, flowers and such like that you can add to gift.Knots
and Bows for Parcels (and Shoes!)
The following link Ian's Shoelace Knots will take you to a site which seems to have everything you might ever want
to know about tying shoelaces. Some of the shoelace knots can be used for bows when tying parcels. The Freedom
Knot is often used for tying a bow on a Teddy Bear.
As promised on the homepage we recommend it as the best knot for securing your shoelaces!
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