It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means the wrapping season is nearly upon us.
If the thought of all that paper and ribbon and tape sends shivers down your spine, then worry no longer – I’ve asked the UK’s best wrap stars, WRAPSODY, to give up some of their best tips and tricks for creating luxury Xmas pressies almost too pretty to open. I said almost.
Follow these rules to ensure envy-inducing parcels under your tree this Christmas.
TOP 10 PRESENT WRAPPING TIPS:
1: Less is more: most people come unstuck using too much paper, which causes bulky, messy folds. The secret is to measure before you cut and use just enough paper. If you’re wrapping a box, the long edges of the paper should overlap by only a centimetre; when folded over the sides the paper should extend just over halfway.
2: Always cut the ribbon at a 45-degree angle, as this prevents it from fraying.
3: When you’re wrapping a box, run your fingers in a pincer shape along the edges to give them a sharper crisper look.
4: Get the right toolkit: invest in a pair of sharp fabric scissors reserved just for ribbon – never cut wrapping paper, as this will blunt them.
5: If you fancy yourself as a ‘wrap star’ ditch the sellotape in favour of every wrapologist’s secret weapon… double-sided sticky tape; it’s invisible and looks super-slick.
6: Colour code: assign each family member a different coloured paper; not only is it lots of fun but it will save you from having to buy gift tags. Metallic tones, like copper and rose-gold, are very on-trend this year and look stylishly dazzling.
7: Think laterally: if you’re wrapping something huge use a paper tablecloth, rather than rolls of paper. It’s bigger, more flexible and won’t rip as easily.
8: Make it personal: think about the passions of the person you are giving to – wrap with maps for a travel junkie, recipes for a foodie or old sheet music for a jazz lover.
9: Recycle and reuse: deconstruct old Christmas decorations and repurpose those baubles, pinecones and cinnamon sticks and use them as decorations tied to your bows.
10: If all else fails, eat a mince pie and call WRAPSODY instead!