It’s ok to go ahead and admit it- you really are terrible at wrapping gifts. It’s ok, because many people are! Why do you think those gift wrapping places you see in the mall every year make so much money? Those same wrapping places also use a few tips and tricks to get their gifts to look perfect in wrapping paper, and you can use those same tips to make your gifts look great, too.
Organize Your Supplies
This may seem like a simple tip everyone should know, but it’s the best one to start with. Even if you know this tip, you’ve probably been guilty of starting the task of wrapping gifts only to find you’re missing an essential tool, or two. You need to organize your supplies before you start wrapping anything. If you get in the middle of wrapping a gift only to realize you’ve forgotten tape- uh-oh! And the present will look like a disaster. Make sure you have all of your supplies nearby and that you have enough to accomplish each wrapping task.
Use a Clear Quilting Ruler
The trouble most people run into when wrapping presents is that they use too much or too little paper, but how can you get that perfect amount every time? With a few tools, of course! In particular, a clear quilting ruler is one of the best wrapping tools to invest in. Before trimming your paper, wrap it around the box you intend to use the paper on. The ends should overlap just enough for you to tape them securely. If you’re wrapping something soft, but don’t want to place it in a box or bag (yes, you can do that!) cut a piece of cardboard the size of the present and place the soft item on top. This will help you measure your paper perfectly. Since soft objects shift and can make that task hard to complete. To make sure you stay in line and cut the right amount, use the clear quilting ruler on the paper to mark the lines.
Use Double Sided Tape
Double-sided tape will stick better and hide easier than regular tape. It is a great option when gift wrapping and helps those corner pieces stick better than other tape. Try it this year for a different result to your usual wrapping woes. It’s definitely worth the investment and can save you lots of time and money.
Use Kraft Paper Instead of Wrapping Paper
Getting sick and tired of that gorgeous (and expensive) wrapping paper ripping and tearing, crinkling and wrinkling before you can wrap your present properly? Try something heavier for your wrapping this year, like Kraft paper or even old brown paper bags. They are easier to cut in a straight line and hold up better to taping (and re-taping- it’s ok, we won’t tell). While it may be plain to look at, it is sturdy and you can decorate it any way you please. An additional bonus is that brown wrapping paper crinkles and bunches in an appealing way that regular wrapping paper does not, so it actually doesn’t look awful if you mess up a bit- and it’s ok to mess up some!
Make Your Own Embellishments
Ribbons and bows and stickers and tags and more- it gets overwhelming, not to mention very expensive. To make the most out of your budget and all those scraps of things you have just lying around, make your own gift embellishments this year. This is easy to do and will add to your plain brown-paper wrapping or any other paper you may choose. An added bonus? If you have tears or unsightly corners, lots of embellishments can hide them for you in style!
What are your gift wrapping tips?