How to Arrange the Tissue Paper in a Gift Bag

Written by yvette clark
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Gift bags make the whole process of wrapping much easier. But you'll appear to have given little thought to the gift if you just shove it in a bag and crumple a lot of tissue paper on top of it. If you know how to arrange tissue paper decoratively, though, the gift bag will look at home next to the most elaborately wrapped package.

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Things you need

  • Gift bag
  • Tissue paper

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  1. 1

    Choose at least 2 complementary colours of tissue paper that also complement the colour and design of the gift bag. For a more festive look, choose one with a printed design and one that's just a solid colour.

  2. 2

    Pick up a sheet of the darker of the tissue papers or, alternately, the one with the design. Gather its corners together and place it within the gift bag.

  3. 3

    Repeat the process with another sheet of the darker or designed tissue paper, placing it in the bag at a slightly different angle so the ends of the tissue paper are in a different place than the first sheet.

  4. 4

    Crumple a couple of sheets of tissue paper lightly and place them in the bottom of the bag if you need a cushion for your gift or if your gift is much smaller than the bag.

  5. 5

    Nestle the gift in the bag, making sure that it's not going to shift around too much. If it seems like it will shift a lot, crumple more tissue paper and place it in the bag as a cushion.

  6. 6

    Add 2 more sheets of tissue paper, using the solid colour this time. Use the same process as you did in step 2, but tuck the paper down around the gift. You should not be able to see the gift when you peer into the bag.

  7. 7

    Arrange additional sheets of tissue paper around the gift for a more elaborate appearance. Tie the handles together with a ribbon for a final touch.

Tips and warnings

  • If you use tissue paper with a design, make sure the design faces the edges of the bag for the first 2 sheets.
  • Wrap the gift in tissue paper if you want to make the unwrapping process last a little longer. You don't need to use tape; simply fold the paper around the gift.

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