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Ribbon Tower Gift-Wrap Technique

This ribbon tower "bow" was created using extra bits of gift-wrapping paper -- no ribbons or costly trimmings are necessary!

Source: Martha Stewart


Before you begin, wrap each package in the traditional way. Using the same paper, construct "bows" for the tops, which cascade down the sides of the box. Each piece of paper is applied using a 1 1/2- to 2-inch tape roll -- a piece of tape secured to itself at both ends. (Double-sided tape can be used, but tape rolls give the best results.)

These instructions are for a 3-by-3 1/4-by-11-inch box. You can replicate this or use it for inspiration.


  • Four 3 1/2-by-2-inch strips of gift wrap

  • Two 15-by-2-inch strips

  • Two 9-by-2-inch strips

  • Two 5-by-2-inch strips

  • Two 2-by-2-inch strips

  • Four 2 1/2-by-2-inch strip

  • Scissors

  • Tape


  1. Tape ends of 3 1/2-inch strips together to form tubes; tape one on each side of box about 2 inches down from top.

  2. Trim ends of 15- and 9-inch strips into double-V shape. Crisscross 15-inch strips over each other; tape in center of box top. They will naturally drape over paper tubes on box sides. Center 9-inch strips over 15-inch strips' crossover point. These strips will extend straight out.

  3. Form 5-inch strips into circles, tape side-by-side onto crossover point of strips on box top, making sure to place so colors in pattern alternate. Trim sides of 2- and 2 1/2-inch strips with pinking shears; form all into tubes.

  4. Center smaller pinked tubes over circles on box top; alternate pattern direction. Tape remaining tubes just under trimmed edges of tails on box sides.

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