What are some unique ways to decorate a package and still have it look elegant?
--Carrie Brink, Los Angeles
A single satin bow is timeless and beautiful, but there are other ways to decorate a gift that will create quite an impression. For a simple, elegant look, tie a flower or a gilded leaf onto the package. Or use a ribbon made of a luxurious or unusual material -- moire, velvet, grosgrain, even paper. Trim the edges of your ribbon with pinking shears or scalloping shears, or use pinking shears to make several deep notches into each tail of the bow for a wholly different look. Small millinery fruits look charming on a package, or you can decorate Christmas presents with evergreen sprigs. Martha also likes the bold effect of tying a gift with a bow, that is almost as wide as the box.