Friday, 17 September 2010


How to gift wrap on the chic (not on the cheap!)

Do you dread Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries?  Or is it wrapping you dread?  Does your gift end up looking like its been dragged through your holly bush?  Do you despair when your best friends announce that they hate badly wrapped presents so you feel embarrassed before you even start?  Do you play Secret Santa at work, but your present is no secret because everyone knows its the one that looks like its been done by a 2 year old.  Fear no more - here, in very simple words and pictures, is your guide to

"The Best wrapped present in the World...probably"

OK we'll start this section with simple (and cheaper than cheap) paper and string.  The paper could be brown parcel paper, pages from a book,  or you can even print your own from your computer, i'll cover that bit later.  String can be normal packing string, strong sewing thread, ribbons and paper.  Nothing has to be fancy or expensive, in the past i've gone into very well known stores and bought reams of classy looking paper and reels of beautiful ribbons, and I agree that there are some gorgeous products out there, but at the end of the day if you wrap a gift badly the paper you use is immaterial!

Lets start with the cheapest option of all - pages from a book and everyday string -  it can look incredibly classy, need convincing?  Well here goes.

Take a look at some I made earlier (lol) these are just pages from an atlas, that have been scanned, saved on my computer and then printed.  Or you could just tear out the page you want!  Only if the book is really not one you want to keep of course!  Scanning maps, text or pictures from books means that you can keep these forever and use again and again. 

The downside is that your "sheets" may only be A4 size so only suitable for small presents, jewellry, ipods, keyrings, small books can of course get a library or other outlet to print much larger sheets, its up to you! If you're familiar with PICNIK or PHOTOBUCKET you can mess around with images to your hearts content, there really is no limit to what you can do! 

Some ideas for you - the front cover of the classic "Clockwork Orange" paperback, possibly good for edgy young bookworms!  Know anyone who loves tattoo's?  I have a tattoo book and this amazing image was in it - looks really quite beautiful all wrapped up!  The sky really is the limit to what you can scan. 

Recipe pages for cooks, keep fit pages for your beautiful slim friends (sigh), scan art books for art lovers, LP covers for music lovers, even a page from the bible (or similar) for those who love tradition at Christmas - the list just goes on and on!
Just take a look at what can be achieved (the scanned sheets and then the wraps) and let your creative side run riot!




If you want something even more personal just go to WORD and type out lines and lines of text - someones name, funny, lovey dovey, naughty (!) or a seasonal sentiment, then just print off, and dont forget to save your masterpieces, here are a few ideas:

How about going a bit up market but still inexpensive?
Tissue paper comes in all sorts of colours and some designs can be quite beautiful.  I bought stashes of tissue paper from a company called Cox and Cox some while ago and it has lasted for ages. For the purposes of this post i'm using just plain colours.  Im also going to show you how to fold your paper to make your gift look stunning!

To fold - take either a strip of tissue or the whole main paper and start to make folds (like a concertina), you can have as many as you like but I think 3 or 4 look really impressive!

Turn the paper over and use some invisable tape to secure the back, this will prevent it falling all over the place when you move it!

Like this...
If you have used the main wrapping paper (and not a strip) just turn the paper right side down and put the gift inside, then wrap as normal trying to keep the folds neat as you go...

Try to keep the back neat to - I know! Its not easy!
There you have the finished parcel. If you've done a strip then wrap the gift as normal and place the strip along one side, keeping the folds neatly together (yes it is faffy but its worth the effort!), secure firmly round the back of the gift using "invisable" tape if possible. 

Now the fun bit!  Embellish to your hearts content - here are a few ideas for you to try!

You can have many strips and folds, but less is more I think!
You can really can go to town with these folds - also this is lovely for wedding and baby gifts - especially when the papers are pastel coloured.



  1. Lovely ideas! I tend to used brown wrapping paper and then hand stamp or doodle on it, but I'll have to try your printing ideas, and the tissue paper folds are so stylish :-)

    Sam x

  2. They all look amazing, I must try some of those ideas, thank you!

  3. Fantastic!! Keep up the good work!


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