The simple act of wrapping gifts takes on a ritual grace at holiday time. With each crease of the paper and knot of the ribbon, you are creating a tiny drama that will be played out when the package is opened. The ideas shown here are designed to be something of a tease: Colored tissue peeks through sheer white vellum; cutouts reveal hidden textures beneath. You can use specialty papers such as colored tissue, glassine, and waxed paper, but even ordinary materials become beautiful when used in an unexpected way.
For Christmas-Tree Silhouette: silver and gold paper
For Tower of boxes: sheet of glassine
For Tower of boxes: colored tissue paper
For purse shaped package: 12-by-27-inch piece of Japanese kozo paper
For purse shaped package: green paper and green satin ribbon
This pretty satchel is a cinch to put together, and it takes only about an hour. Choose fabrics in colors that coordinate with favorite outfits. We used washable cotton for the exterior and lined the pack with water-resistant nylon for durability.