Gift-Wrapping Techniques With Ribbons

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Gift-Wrapping Techniques With Ribbons
Use ribbons to decorate gifts. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Add a special touch to a gift by wrapping it beautifully and accenting the package with ribbon. In addition to the traditional ribbon wrapped around a package and tied in a bow, there are several creative ribbon techniques to jazz up a wrapped gift. Select a ribbon in complementary or contrasting colours to the wrapping paper, and try out a new ribbon technique.

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Woven Ribbons

Create a decorative effect on a wrapped package by interweaving multiple ribbons. Start with a wrapped gift. Gather two or three different ribbons. Wrap a ribbon around the gift, securing the ribbon in place with tape. Add one or two more different ribbons parallel to the first, selecting different colours and widths. Weave two or three pieces of ribbon through the existing ribbon, creating perpendicular, interwoven lines.

Twisted Ribbons

Make a simple ribbon become a surprising bow to top off a wrapped package. Use ribbons in a creative way by twisting them into different shapes to create decorative bows. Fold and twist ribbons into accordion shapes, flower shapes or geometric designs. Use wired ribbon to help the bows maintain their shape. Fold the ribbons into concentric circles, teardrop-shaped loops or other designs. Secure the ribbon with staples, double-sided tape or both.

Curled Ribbon

Decorate a package with a group of curled ribbons. Use ribbon that will curl by running scissors down the length of the ribbon. To achieve a full ribbon look, cut several pieces of ribbon at varying lengths. Curl the ribbon with the scissors, holding the ribbon taught for tight curls or loosening the grip on the ribbon for bigger curls. Secure the ribbon, one piece at a time, to the top of the wrapped gift with a hot glue gun. Continue to add ribbon curls until the desired ribbon size is achieved.

Multiple Bows

Use ribbons to adorn each side of a wrapped gift with a decorative bow. Achieve this look by using thin ribbon. Use the same ribbon for all of the bows so the package doesn't look too busy. Wrap ribbon around the gift, tie it in a knot and create a bow. Repeat this until a small blow is present on all sides of the wrapped gift. For another unique twist, use yarn instead of ribbons.

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