Gift wrapping is one of my favourite festive activities. I love making a creamy caramel hot chocolate and sitting down to make everything look pretty. Christmas isn’t just about getting presents, but its about sharing it with the people that mean the most to you and putting a smile on their face as much as it puts one on your own.
Okay, perhaps my experience isn’t always as tranquil as the movies show… patience can be tested when you have two 20kh American Bull Dogs trampling on your wrapping paper and stealing your double sided sticky tape.
Every year, my gift wrapping has a theme. Back in 2016, I wrapped everything in copper. In 2017, everything was wrapped in brown paper and adorned with twine and rosemary sprigs.
This year, I’m sticking to my colour theme ritual with a rose gold and pink theme, but also experimenting with different wrapping techniques to create beautifully wrapped gifts. Oh and sorry guys but if it isn’t box shaped, it’s getting wrapped in tissue paper.
Here are some of the techniques I’m using this year.
You will need:
Double sided sticky tape
I bought my paper, tags and accessories for Matalan’s 3 for 2 range, which came to under £10! The baubles were from Primark for around £2. The wrapping paper also has grids of the back of the paper in order to help cut sharper, straighter lines.
This is a classic and timeless gift wrap look, and the key to nailing it is by using complimentary colours.
I used the white wrapping paper with pink and gold reindeers to wrap the gift as you normally would. Using double sided tape as opposed to regular tape makes edges look neater. I paired this with lilac ribbon, and thin lilac glitter ribbon before topping with a lilac glitter bow.
I’ve also tried this look with the pink paper with gold stars with gold ribbon and bows and it looks equally as gorgeous. This is a super quick way to elevate your wrapping with minimal effort.
To create this look you need nothing more than wrapping paper, tape and scissors (and the gift… obvs).
Place your gift on your wrapping paper and leave enough space either side for wrapping – usually an inch or so.
Cut the wrapping paper along the guidelines so that you have a long strip. Then working from the bottom, make a fold about an inch wide and then fold again until you have around six folds.
Flip over the paper so it is patterned side up. Pinch each crease and fold flat to create pleats. Flip the paper back over to secure them with tape.
Position the pleats in the centre of the gift and wrap using double sided sticky tape. You can then define the pleats by running your finger down the edge to lift them slightly.
I think this is my favourite wrapping technique because it is super easy but looks absolutely gorgeous with any paper.
This is another pretty simple technique that requires barely any extra effort. Just wrap the gift as usual, and adorn with ribbon. Then cut the ribbon off some baubles and slide them onto the ribbon on the gift. Curl the ribbon using scissors and you’re good to go!
Creating a fan was the technique I found most difficult. Wrap your gift as normal and then cut two long strips of wrapping paper in different patterns.
Position them so that one is a little over a centimetre higher than the other and tape them together. Pleat the paper creating a fan shape. You can either go in one direction to create a half fan, or swap directions in the centre for a full open fan like my example.
Once complete, this can be fixed to your gift however you like. I prefer to angle mine from the corner, but it also looks great centred with full open fans.
Criss Cross wrapping
Criss Cross wrapping reminds me of a little Danish pastry or something. Like when you plait bread. It can be a little tricky to explain, but very simple to actually do.
Place the gift in the center of the wrapping paper and ensure there is enough paper at the top to reach the edge of the top of the gift. Then make sure there is enough paper at the bottom to cover 3/4 of the gift when folded from the bottom, upwards.
At the bottom of the gift, push the sides of the paper in to create triangular shapes. You can crease these in order to keep them in position.
To create the criss cross, take the uppermost triangle on the left and fold it inwards. Then repeat on the right taking it over the left one. Then take the bottom triangle on the left and fold upwards, repeating again on the right. You can complete the wrapping by sealing the final open edge like any other gift.
I would love to see your cute Christmas wrapping this year and would love for you to tag me in your beautifully decorated gifts!