Santa's Little Helper: Raise the bar on your gift-wrapping skills
You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice, and you’ve survived the parking lot bumper car games and marathon checkout lines. Once you make it back to the safety of your home, you still have one big task that begs your attention: gift-wrapping.
We met up with Kristine Hewitt, a manager at Paper Source, who provided guidance for simple yet stunning gift-wrapping ideas. She used all Paper Source products, but you can also substitute your own DIY magic for any of these projects.
Button Garland Box: This option is great for those who are not comfortable with paper wrapping but still want to jazz up the box. Additionally, it’s eco-friendly as it doesn’t use wrapping paper, yet is still festive!
• Supplies: Plain gift box, Button Garland Kit, double-sided tape.
1. Place gift in plain box and secure (be sure to add tissue paper if the gift does not fill the entire box — Kristine says it’s much easier to work with a stuffed box!).
2. Open Button Garland Kit and pop out die-cut buttons from the package. String along the included twine, making a pattern nearly the length of your box.
3. Affix to box with double-sided tape on the backside of a button, meeting the ends of twine below.
Blooming Poinsettia Box: This is a showstopper that’s perfect for anyone you want to impress: Mother-in-law, boss, significant other, etc. Bonus? It’s a lot easier than it looks!
• Supplies: Plain gift box, Poinsettia Bloom Pack, white satin ribbon, foam squares, double-sided tape.
1. Using the Paper Source’s Poinsettia Bloom Pack, crease each petal of the white paper poinsettia and fold each leaf in half inward. Repeat.
2. Lay one bloom on top of the other, affix with double-sided tape, and attach leaf to the back. Add the brown center on top of the bloom, attaching with a provided brad. Repeat with red color. Set aside.
3. Wrap box with paper (Kristine opted for red). When wrapping, be sure to crease all edges tightly for a seamless line.
4. Tie white satin ribbon around box.
5. Use a double-sided foam square (this gives a 3D effect) to attach the poinsettia to the ribbon. Repeat with second poinsettia.
And, when all else fails, the Gift Bag Option: No shame about resorting to the gift bag — it’s really the best way to wrap uniquely shaped items such as wine bottles or candles. It’s also pretty eco-friendly since the recipient can use the bag again. Kristine even showed us an easy way to dress it up!
• Supplies: Gift bag, white tissue paper, stamp, inkpad.
1. Lay out a sheet of plain white tissue paper (protect your surface with newspaper). Using a chalk inkpad — which dries instantly and is made from water-based ink — make a random pattern with a stamp.
2. Pick up tissue paper from the middle and bunch it up. Shake paper to get rid of creases.
3. Stick straight down in bag on top of gift.