What is better than receiving a gift? Receiving a beautifully wrapped gift!
Okay, perhaps not everyone would agree with that statement, but I do.
I have been influenced by my Mom who makes gift giving look like an art form. She never gives gifts just for the sake of giving gifts, but rather to show you that she knows you, cares about you and wants to bring joy to you in something new. As though that is not enough, she is also gives it to you in wrapping or packaging that is so beautiful you might think twice about opening it (the gifts are always worth it though).
I was born on Christmas Eve. Now before you have the typical reaction of most people - "Do I get jipped on presents?" - I am blessed with parents who placed added emphasis on making sure that my birthday celebrations were differentiated from Christmas celebrations. Decorations and gift wrapping could never resemble the Christmas holiday. My Mom always took it one step further and developed a theme each year with respect to the presents and their wrappings whether it was color, wrapping design, bows, etc. She also may or may not have been a wedding shower attendee’s worst nightmare when my husband and I opened our gift from my parents to find approximately 10 additional wrapped gifts inside. She truly has a talent for putting thought and love into wrapping a gift which has inspired me to place just as much thought into wrapping as the gift itself.
Wrapping paper, bows and the rest of the add-ons that you can purchase can be pricey. There are also times were you are in a last minute frenzy trying to wrap a gift. Here are a few ideas you can use for quick and easy but beautiful wrapping.
Have a paper bag? Have wax paper? You can do wonders. I love the rustic look which seems to be making a comeback with the allure of the shabby-chic barn theme weddings in recent years. The combination of light brown and white can have a simple, clean and beautiful effect. I like to keep postal wrap wrapping (similar to a brown paper bag) handy as you can do a lot with it. You can dress it up with bows or you can be creative with designs using markers or Sharpies. If your gift is small enough, you can even be resourceful and warp the present using an actual paper bag. I also like to find ribbons or burlap on sale to have on hand – you can always find a use for it when wrapping gifts. I found this beautiful white and brown chevron printed burlap for 50% off at Hobby Lobby. With a simple base like the brown postal wrap, you can use a myriad of patterns, prints and textures to elevate the look. You can even use wax paper, a kitchen staple, to craft yourself a voluminous flower to add a delicate and beautiful touch to the present in a matter of 5 minutes.
My Mom taught me how to make these flowers out of tissue paper when I was a little girl in order to make a life size flower patch for a skit performed for our Daddy-Daughter Indian Princesses Tribe. You can use a variety of materials (tissue paper, wax paper, cellophane) to create different looks, sizes and textures. Wax paper is the most resourceful, economical and still beautiful way to create one in a pinch.
Here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Wrap your gift in your base wrapping with the color of your choosing. Find a suitable accent whether it is ribbon, burlap, lace or a contrasting wrapping design, pattern or color.
Step 2: Cut yourself 4 sheets of 12x12 or slightly larger wax paper. Trim ragged edges.
Step 3: Fold the wax paper back and forth to create an accordion-like pattern with approximately one inch width flaps.
Step 4: Securely tie a string, floral wire or ribbon around the center. Make sure that the tails of the string are long enough to secure the flower to your present.
Step 5: Cut a design on each end to create the texture of the flower. See variations below. Adjusting the intensity of the shape will result in different textures for your flower.
Step 6: Begin to fan out the accordion on each side.
Step 7: Gently begin to lift the first piece of wax paper on one side pulling it towards the middle. Continue with each remaining layer. Repeat on the other side. Make sure to work with the seams where the two separate sides come together in order to make the flower look seamless all around.
Step 8: Carefully adjust the layers as needed to achieve your desired texture and volume. Secure the flower to your present for the final product.
Variation One: The Blossom
Round the edges of the folded wax paper to create a plush, voluminous blossom-like flower.
Variation Two: The Dahlia
Cut triangles at the edges of the folded wax paper to create a more modern, edgy dahlia-like flower.