Gift Wrapping Tutorial: Part Two

I hope you enjoyed the first gift wrapping tutorial where we wrapped the first two gifts and looked at the exciting world of working with tissue paper, basic gift wrapping, hiding tape and making six-loop bows.

Get excited everyone because today is all about wrapping with double-sided paper, tying four-loop bows, creating tulle bows, and selecting gift bags!  Yahoo!

Why do I love gift wrapping?  It shows someone how much you care, it’s pretty and – only taking a few minutes per box – there is some major immediate gratification involved.  So let’s delve in to the second and last gift wrapping tutorial!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

Gift Three: Double-Sided Paper

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Who doesn’t love double-sided wrapping paper?  But it begs one important question – what do you do with it?  How do you capitalize on the double-sided printing except to wrap it like normal and for the person to say “oh this is double-sided paper,” while unwrapping?

I have an answer for you.  It involves just a few extra steps, but will make your gifts look extra special!

Select a box that isn’t too big or too small.  A gift too big will be difficult to manage with this wrapping style; likewise, a gift too small will be tedious to wrap and may result in you throwing the box across the room.

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Start by cutting an extra long piece of paper – add about five inches to the amount you would normally cut.  I cut my paper a bit too thin and ended up using another piece, so ignore how little the edges are in this picture.  It will be magically rectified in just a second.

Tape the first side of paper down on top of the box.  Instead of taping near the middle, the paper should cover most of the box top.

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Fold the untaped edge under at a right angle, so the paper has a nice clean edge.  Secure the fold with a piece of tape.  This tape won’t be seen, so just slap it right on.  You can see the green band of paper I’m holding – that’s the part I just folded and taped.  Now make another fold – this will be where the underside of your paper shows.  Make it as wide as you want.  Mine is about three inches wide.

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Tape both sides down with the same folded tape method we used to wrap the packages in the first post.

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Now it looks like this.  Both edges of the green band are taped down.  My edges are way too long so I trimmed them.

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You’re going to wrap the ends upside down from the normal box wrapping method.  Start by taping the green flap and adjoining paper to the box.

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Fold and tape the bottom flap.  Make sure to use the tape-folding method so no tape shows.

Tape showing is the cardinal sin of professional gift wrapping, if you haven’t noticed.  It’s like how good updos have no bobby pins showing – your hair is supposed to appear to be magically defying gravity and all other laws of physics.

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Next we can tie a bow.  Choose ribbon that contrasts with the reversed strip of paper.  This bow is similar to the six-loop bow from the first gift wrapping post.  Smaller gifts usually do best with smaller bows, lest the bow swallow up the gift.  That would be sad.

Tie a ribbon around the gift, centered on the flap of paper.  Tie it into a knot with about five inches of excess per side.

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Now it’s time for the bow.  Start by making a loop of ribbon.  My loop is about two inches long.  Pinch the sides together, turn the ribbon an entire turn, make another loop.

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Now you have two loops.  Repeat.

Cut the bow off the spool of ribbon and tie it onto the ribbon already around the package  – I go into more detail about this process in the first tutorial.

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Clip the edges and you’re done!

Excuse the ribbon’s frayed edges.  I bought new scissors after this photo shoot.  They’re bright turquoise, and I told The Professor they’re only for ribbon – not for cutting paper or green onions or breaking down chicken.  Then he reminded me that I was the one who used scissors to cut paper, green onions and chicken.  Not him.  So then I reminded myself of all the new scissor rules.

Gift Three, Part 2: Tulle

Still intimidated by ribbon?  Have no fear.  I have just the thing for you – tulle!  It’s beyond easy.  It always looks perfect.  It is a shiny, puffy miracle.

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Tie a piece of tulle around the present with a few inches of excess, just like you would do with ribbon.  Now make a bow.  Because the tulle is so thin and gauzy and beautious, you can do a lot more loops with the tulle than the ribbon.  There’s no pinching or twisting involved.  Just go back and forth making a few loops, holding the ribbon in the center.

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Tie it down to the ribbon already on the package, and cut the excess.  It fluffs up beautifully!

Easy as pie.  Pie’s actually hard to make.  Easy as snow cones.

Tulle ribbons also flatten easily in shipping and look great again after just a few seconds of fluffing.  If you happen to be mailing packages to grandkids, this is a wonderful material to use in wrapping!

Gift Four: Gift Bags

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Fact – I hate gift bags.  I think they’re over priced and not fun to wrap and not fun to open.  But whether you’re in a hurry, you’re wrapping a kid’s toy that’s oddly shaped, or if you happen to love gift bags, sometimes they’re the way to go.

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Rather than buying a $2 disposable gift bag, I like to buy a reusable tote.  So many stores have them these days.  They’re great for grocery shopping, taking lunch to work and beach bags.  I paid just between $2 and $3 for this Pier 1 Imports tote.  It was the perfect size to wrap the stuffed animal, and now it’s the perfect size for lunches.  Plus, it allows your guests to think of you as they use their reusable tote.

www.accidentalokie.com | gift wrappingJust a little tissue paper, and this gift wrap is beautiful, reusable and green!

Thanks to Brandi from Life by Brandi, a natural-light photographer in Oklahoma City, for these photos.  I couldn’t possibly take pictures of a step-by-step wrapping tutorial, and I was thrilled when Brandi said she’d help me!  If you live in Oklahoma, you should check out her awesome photography!!!

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I hope you enjoyed the gift wrapping series!  Good luck with all your wrapping.

Let us know – how much of your gift wrapping have you finished?

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