If you're one of those daring people who opt to forgo professional gift wrapping in lieu of creating their own fancy gift wrap, several ideas and techniques will add pizazz to your present. It matters little whether your gift is simple or elaborate, because the packaging you enclose it in will dazzle your friends, family and the gift recipient. Showcase your skills appropriately, and you may find that your wrapping becomes more enviable than the gift itself.
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Things you need
- Rubber band
- Sheer nylon or polyester
- Gold ribbon
- Tissue paper
- Ponytail holders
- Gold foil
- Silver elastic rope
- Black-and-white photocopies
- White marker
- Gold or silver brooch
- Silver metallic paint
- Strands of beads or pearls
- Satin rose
Place your baked goods or confections on a decorative charger. A charger is a round, shallow platter favoured by many who want to showcase their concoctions with a touch of flair. The charger can be purchased inexpensively at most chain craft stores. It can be made of glass, pewter, or even plastic. After you have arranged your treats pyramid style on the plate, set it on a piece of clear cellophane wrap large enough to cover the sides of the charger, and gather at the top. Tie the wrap above the plate with a rubber band. The cellophane will keep your food fresh. Set the plate onto a square of sheer polyester or nylon fabric with a slight shimmer. Fasten this covering in place with a rubber band as well. Cover the rubber band with gold ribbon, and attach a small gift tag to the ribbon with a pin.
Wrap wine or spirits in coloured tissue paper. Fasten the tissue paper at the top of the bottle with a rubber band. Wrap cellophane over the top of the tissue paper, and tie it at the top with a ponytail holder adorned with decorative flowers or large colourful balls.
Wrap individual candies or chocolates in gold foil. This wrapping is a tedious process, but it takes an ordinary box of chocolates or candy and makes the presentation much fancier. Wrap the candies in individual foils, and then twist the ends on either side. Secure with small rubber bands. When you have finished, gather all the chocolates in tulle or coloured cellophane, applying the same twisting technique you used for each individual piece. Tie bows on each end of the larger package with silver elastic string.
Fancy Gift Wrap for Food and Spirits
Wrap your boxed treats in plain white tissue paper. Pull the tissue paper taut, and secure it with clear tape. Set the gift aside. Colour the backs of black-and-white photocopies or images printed on your computer with a special white marker (available at craft stores) that causes a chemical reaction in the paper and transfers an inverted image onto the package. Repeat this process until you have sufficiently covered the box in classic black-and-white photos. This gift wrap needs no embellishment or bows.
Wrap your box in black tissue paper. Crinkle a small square of pink tulle, and then place it on the top centre of the box. Crinkle a second piece that is about 1/2 inch smaller, and position it in the centre of the first square. Repeat this until you have about five layers of crinkled tulle. Place a gold or silver brooch in the centre to finish this stylised bow. This design also works well with circles of tulle. Choose different colours for different seasons or holidays.
Spray paint a gift box in metallic silver. Cover the box in lace that allows the silver to show through. Loop strands of faux beads or pearls around a single satin rose to form an elegant bow.
Fancy Gift Wrap for Nonperishables
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