If you’ve got lots of presents to wrap this Christmas and want them to look stylish and professional, use these gift wrapping ideas from expert Arona Khan to get the perfect finish.
1. Look at the shape of the present and decide what type of wrapping is best to use. Many people want to use the same roll of paper for all gifts but not everything works well on all shapes and sizes. Thick paper is great for simple shapes like books and DVDs but for awkward packages use a more flexible material such as tissue paper, cellophane or even fabric. This works really well for bottles of wine and champagne but also children’s toys.
2. Measure how much paper you need by using a piece of ribbon. Wrap it around the gift and then use the length of ribbon to measure the paper. There will be less waste and it’s easier than getting in a tangle trying to measure using the whole roll. Trim off any excess so you don’t mummify the present!
3. Tape is a must most of the time, but make sure you choose one that blends in with the paper, or use double sided tape that can’t be seen at all, to give a professional finish. Buy both shiny and matt tape so you’re well prepared when you start wrapping.
4. If you’re sticking a heavy decoration to a gift then use a double-sided foam pad. Leave the protective layers on when you’re cutting it to size, otherwise it will stick to your scissors.
5. You can use lots of different things to decorate your gifts. ‘I recently spotted a piece of moss that had fallen off the roof which I added to the centre of a raffia bow,’ said Arona. ‘I’ve even turned dried seaweed into a bow, which worked beautifully.’ When it comes to Christmas presents you can easily recycle off cuts of festive paper into fabulous bows and finishing touches so nothing goes to waste. Or incorporate Christmas decorations such as plastic baubles and give them a new lease of life. Mix colours, textures and widths of ribbon to get an extravagant look at very little cost.
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