We like over the top wrapping. Why? Because it’s extravagant, expressive and a joy for the receiver. Here’s our top tips for taking your gift-wrapping game to the next level.
Use tissue paper fans and honeycomb balls, woollen pom poms, lots of ribbon, mini balloons, metallic shred, disco balls, anything sparkly.
Mix and match
Is there anything more special than a pile of wrapped gifts under a tree? We like to pick a patterned paper & then pull out the colours from the design for the embellishments and then match it to other simpler wraps, like a check or stripe or plain colours that all tie back to the patterned wrap. That way the tree is a real focal point & not a wild mess of colour that makes us feel a bit sea sick.
Now take lengths of ribbon, we like to use a few colours on one gift, to do that you knot them together to make a lovely length of colours. Thats your base. Wrap the knotted ribbon, or plain ribbon around the gift a few times. Now start to add some embellishments to the top of the gift, tying them onto the ribbon. After we’ve added a few bigger pieces we add in some smaller things or more lengths of ribbon to drape down the side of the gift. For ribbon options, a few things we love playing with: brikkies line from Bunnings in fluro pink and yellow, plain coloured washi tape, balls of coloured wool and metallic ribbon from our huge stash at work.
The Final Touch
Last step: tuck a Christmas tag in amongst the embellishments. In the past we’ve also used the mountains of finger paintings that have come home from kinder as wrap, not to mention old calendar pages or plain old craft paper. If you’re thinking of making wrap with the kids, we’ve found that picking one colour paint keeps it cute. Use a potato stamp in the shape of a star, even the littlest helpers can get in on the action.