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I’m actually really excited about today’s blog post because well one, it’s Christmas related and y’all know how much I love Christmas and two, it’s got a little bit of home decor love to it too so it’s basically a match made in heaven for me. I’m going to share with y’all a couple different ways I wrap presents using things from around my house, some quick tips to neat wrapping and then a DIY on a super easy bow to throw on your gifts this year!
So, let’s dive in and do this thing. First up, let’s talk wrapping. I’ve learned that with wrapping you have to have good products, meaning a good pair of scissors, a couple selections (or sometimes more) of tape and then of course THE WRAPPING PAPER. My go to brand is Scotch™ Brand, have used them for years and they never disappoint. Plus, they have such a wide variety of products it’s super easy to get your gift wrapping done with just their brand. So literally, my scissors are from there (ScotchÔ Brand Precision Scissors) and then the two types of tape that I used for these gifts were Scotch® GiftWrap Tape + Scotch® Double Sided Tape! I know gift-wrapping might seem daunting, but it’s a great way to make the holidays special for your kids. According to a recent survey from Scotch™ Brand, 55% of parents think that a less expensive, wrapped gift is more thoughtful than a more expensive, unwrapped one so definitely take note of my tips below!
The two things I used for wrapping paper (that I literally recycle, because Grandma taught me best 😉 ):
- Butcher Paper – I always have butcher paper on hand, I literally buy a huge roll (again off Amazon) and it lasts me years. I use it for a table runner, for Blake to color on and well, for gift wrapping. 😉 I love simplicity and that’s exactly what this gives to gifts!
- Last year’s calendar – every year we buy a BIG calendar off of Amazon, we usually switch it up and get a different look every year, anyways – this year we went with a big one that was white/black and I saved a few of the pieces and used them for wrapping paper! It’s such a fun look and well, it’s easy to do!
Now, for my gift-wrapping technique tips:
- Gift box whatever you can, then wrap – it just makes the shape a heck of a lot easier to wrap (especially for those awkward shape gifts) and it just looks cleaner.
- Use Scotch® Double Sided Tape on the ends – seriously I started doing this last year and haven’t stopped since, it looks SOO much cleaner. I use the Scotch® GiftWrap Tape on the back and the inside fold of the edges, then I seal off the edges with the Scotch® Double Sided Tape underneath. This way you don’t even see any of the messiness and it looks so clean!
- Find the wrap tape for the right wrapping paper – like I said love double sided tape, but I also used the Scotch® GiftWrap Tape for the calendar because it matches and blends in well!
- Invest in good scissors: ScotchÔ Brand again people. 😉
How do y’all wrap presents? Seriously I love new tips and tricks and hearing how everyone else does it, so tell me below! Anyways, let’s talk bows now. I learned a ton of different bows growing up, but there’s one that stuck, and I remember – it’s so dang easy, so don’t let the picture scare you, that’s just more of a visual aid. Follow the steps below so you can understand best. 😉 PS. You can do this with ANY ribbon!
- Flat over the box, then flip over and twist it then take it long ways back over to the front. This is just what secures it and holds it into place.
- Once you’re back on the front, loop one end underneath the “t”, pull tie, then knot it.
- Once it’s securely in place and knotted, then simply tie a bow – just like you would tie your shoes! Finish it off and perfect to your liking.
- Then tie a bow again, but the opposite direction – this is what’s going to give it the “bigger, fuller” look. Again, pull tight and perfect to your liking.
- Finally, tuck the ends in opposite diagonal directions just to give it a little more security, then cut the ends at an angle to finish the look!
Now, another look at a peek under our tree currently (we still have a long way to go). I just love using these simple things for wrapping paper for a few reasons. One, it literally saves money rather than spending a fortune on wrapping paper. Two, it’s just modern and cute and I love seeing them under my tree. Then finally, three – it’s a fun mix up! I love keeping things unique and different from traditional and I think this is an easy way to do just that.