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Wrapping Gifts

If you plan ahead and choose your materials carefully, wrapping presents can be as enjoyable as opening them. These tips will help you make a well-organized gift-wrapping plan, which can save money as well as time.

Introduction

After-Christmas sales are the perfect time to stock up on paper and trimmings for the following year.

 

Fill a wrappings box with papers, ribbons, and other embellishments you collect all year long; save bits of ribbons, seam binding, and twine, along with decorative fruit and leaves, and tiny ornaments.

Materials

  • Assorted Giftwrappings

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Choose a palette to unify the gifts you wrap -- then vary the materials; everything you give will have your signature for the season.Make gift wrapping less hectic by wrapping gifts as you buy them.

  2. Step 2

    Use an adhesive note to identify each gift's recipient, then store the gifts until the holidays.

  3. Step 3

    Ribbons and tags are easily crushed, so don't add them until you're ready to display or give the gifts.

  4. Step 4

    Use simple, inexpensive materials like tissue paper (we used silver, far left) or kraft paper, then transform gifts with special ribbons and items from your wrappings box.

  5. Step 5

    Kraft paper also makes an attractive yet sturdy wrapping for oddly shaped packages.

  6. Step 6

    Wrap oversize packages with a patchwork of pretty paper scraps made with a sewing machine, using a long stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

  7. Step 7

    Assign each family member a different color paper, and you won't even need gift tags. This is a fun way for everyone to identify his or her presents.

  8. Step 8

    Adorn simple stationery-store tags with ribbon and greenery to make gift tags.