Gift giving can be fun, exciting and sometimes overwhelming. So once you’ve gotten your gifts ideas figured out and you settle in to wrap all those thoughtful and lovely purchases you’ve made, don’t over think it.
Go with simple and classic.
And, I have a few secrets to an elegant and quality wrapped present for this busy holiday season and all throughout the year. Here’s how to wrap a beautiful gift on the cheap. It’s as easy as 1,2,3.
Start with sturdy white craft paper. Yep, you heard that right. The same craft paper my girls like to doodle and get creative with crayons on. I go with the roll and it’s holder from Ikea. I love that thing. It makes for quick and easy work for any kind of gift you’re looking to wrap.
Of course, the next must-have when you gift wrap is tape. But not just any tape! I can not stress enough how much double-sided tape is the difference between a so-so gift wrap job and a beautiful professional looking wrapped present.
Once I cut the paper to size, tape it to the box with any kind of tape. Then this next step is a little secret that makes it really nice too.
Take a good sized piece of your double-sided tape and fold the paper to the edge of the box. That’s right…not the middle. Fold all the way over to the edge of your box. Crease your craft paper for a super clean edge and press it down onto the double sided tape.
For the last step, trim up off the edges so there isn’t too much excess paper to deal with when you make an envelope fold.
To achieve this look, simply fold in both sides and make a crease in the paper (it’s at a 45 degree angle if that helps to imagine what it looks like underneath.
Next, with 2 pieces of double-sided tape attach the side folds to the side of the box. Then fold the bottom and top into place at the same angles you used for the side folds. Press it down into your the double-sided tape that’s already in place.
Voila! Your envelope fold is done. Easy as 1,2,3.
To really finish it off beautifully, I like to use a piece of tulle to wrap over it. The tulle serves two purposes: it adds another texture and layer making for a nice finish and it can be trimmed so many different ways to create a puffy bow on top.
To see the steps in motion and create an elegant DIY Paper Flower out of the excess craft paper trimmed from sides, please see my video on YouTube.
So do you have a special way you like to wrap your gifts? I’d love to hear.
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