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Japanese Newspaper Gift Wrap


If you're still searching for that perfect gift wrap, look no further than your local newsstand. Add an unusual and memorable twist by wrapping your presents using foreign-language newspapers. Although wrapping in newspaper has always been a practical gift-wrapping alternative, the type on a foreign-language newspaper, such as Japanese, makes for an absolutely beautiful presentation.

If you're wrapping your gift in Japanese newspaper, tuck and pleat a 6-inch band of Japanese decorative paper so the width measures about 4 inches. Then tape the decorative band to the gift and finish by adding a 1/2-yard-long piece of gold ribbon.

International newspapers cost approximately 50 cents to $4. Japanese decorative paper is from Kate's Paperie. Ribbon is from Tinsel Trading.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2006