We know you’ve come to expect a clever craft project from us midweek, but we’re taking a brief break from this series (check back early next year). If you’re really itching for a D.I.Y., there is always this gorgeous wreath we featured last year. We’re also softening the blow with a holiday “How to …” sure to make your packages the most impressive ones under the tree this year. Happy wrapping!
How To make
The Decorative Double Bow
Step 1: Tie the ribbon around the width of the box into a small bow. Trim the ribbon tails, leaving 2″ – 3″.
Step 2: Tie a second piece of ribbon around the length of the box into a small bow. Trim the ribbon tails, leaving 2″ – 3″.
Step 3: Arrange the two bows so the loop forms an “X”. Fluff the bow loops.
Tip: Larger boxes look best with 1 1/2″ – 2″ ribbon. Smaller boxes look best with 1″ – 1 1/2″ ribbon.
Our secrets to gift wrapping are under wraps no more!
Keep it simple. Two-tone or solid wrapping papers, brown paper, or clear cellophane are best to keep on hand. Old maps or children’s artwork provide an extra touch of the unexpected.
Tools of the trade. Invest in a border paper punch, clear double-stick tape and sharp scissors.
Think texture. Scraps of fabric and objects from nature, like pinecones or holly, add touchable flair.
Accents. A vintage ornament, cluster of buttons, sparkly brooch or other fun bauble can lend an instant personal touch.
Tag, you’re it! Recycle old greeting cards or create a custom monogram with the lucky recipient’s initials.