Holiday Gift Wrapping Inspiration on Pinterest

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Finished your holiday shopping yet? Yeah, me neither. (Sick of everyone asking that question? Yeah, me too.)

Once you are done and you get to start the fun part — the gift wrapping! — don't forget that you'll find tons of inspiration not just here on the Corinna Wraps blog, but also by following me on Pinterest.

I've created a new Christmas Gift Wrapping board just for the season, plus there's my extensive Gift Wrap and Packaging board. If you're fond of kraft paper, check out my Brown Paper Packages board. And if you have wine or home-baked goodies to wrap, you'll want to peruse my Food & Drink Gift Wrapping & Packaging board for ideas on how to make a nice presentation.

I'll be pinning lots over the next couple of weeks, so check back often!

[Video] How to Wrap: Rectangles, Squares, Cylinders + Awkward Shapes

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuF8oBvUrig] Here's a look at my most recent project: a holiday gift wrapping video that I did for GEICO. While the tips aren't entirely mine, the video offers a good basic guide to any shaped gift you might come across. I did the styling and hand modelling (#secondcareer?). Thank you to the wonderful art director Kevin, videographer/editor Jason, assistant Jared and producer Jenn — it was such a fun shoot to be on!

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How To Wrap a Roll of Cookies

How To Wrap a Roll of Cookies | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com It’s baking season! And while I am the furthest thing from being a baker, I could spend forever dreaming up ways to package cookies.

Like this idea of wrapping cookies in a roll. Typically, it’s a traditional way to package shortbread, but it will work well for any sliced or flat, round cookies. How many you should include in a roll will depend on the size of cookie; you’ll want to experiment to find the optimum number.

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MATERIALS + TOOLS

+ Wax or parchment paper + Wrapping paper + Ribbon + Stick-on label + Scissors + Circle punch (I used 1 1/4” round) + Clear tape + Double-sided tape + Marker

HOW TO

How To Wrap a Roll of Cookies | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

1. Cut a piece of wax paper; the size will depend on the size of your cookies and how many you’d like to include in one roll. (Refer to the image above as a guide to how much paper to use in relation to the size of your cookies.) Line up a stack of cookies and place it on its side diagonally atop the waxed paper.

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2. Holding the cookies in place, fold the bottom corner of the waxed paper up and over the stack, tucking it underneath as you roll the paper around the cookies. Tape the top corner in place.

Now I should mention that this step sounds a lot easier than it is: First, it took me several attempts to roll the cookies without having them slide everywhere. You have to wrap the waxed paper snug enough to hold the cookies in place, but not so tight as to push them into a slant. The second difficulty was getting the tape to stick to the waxed paper; I tried a few different clear tapes until I found one that held enough to get me through the next few steps.

3. Cut off the excess waxed paper from either end of the roll, then fold in the ends and tape in place.

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4. Cut a piece of wrapping paper: It should be as wide as the roll of cookies, plus the height of the roll; and long enough to wrap around the roll with two or three inches of overlap. Fold over the short edge of the paper to get a straight line, attach a piece of double-sided tape, and then wrap the paper around the cookie roll.

5. Using a circle punch, cut two circles of wrapping paper and apply double-sided tape to the back of each. Fold in the wrapping paper ends of the roll, then attach a circle to each end.

You now have your basic wrapped roll of cookies, which you can decorate as you wish.

6. To get the look shown here, fold a length of ribbon in half, wrap it around the roll, and thread the ends through the loop. Fold back the ends and attach a label to hold the ribbon in place.

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How to Make Gift Wrapping Stress Free — My Tips on House & Home.com

7 Tips To Make Holiday Gift Wrapping Stress-Free Check it! I'm thrilled to be featured on House & Home.com sharing my tips on how to make gift wrapping stress-free this holiday season. There are some real gems in the story, if I do say so myself!

Special thanks to writer and editor Stacy Lee Kong for thinking of me and inviting me to share my tips with House & Home readers.

DIY Colour-Block Gift Wrapping

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DIY Colour-Block Gift Wrapping with Washi Tape Detail | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com At some point, no matter whether you’re a novice gift wrapper or a packaging master, you’re bound to find yourself short of paper or facing a box that’s bigger than any roll could cover. That’s where this stylish colour-block gift wrapping technique can be useful.

By combining two pieces of wrapping paper, you can extend the width of a sheet up to the size you need. But instead of it looking like “I didn’t have enough paper,” the use of two different colours and the addition of a feature tape makes the wrapping job look stylish and purposeful — you meant it to be like this!

Plus, colour blocking — besides being on-trend design wise — is a great way to use up all those extra leftover pieces of wrapping paper that you can’t do much else with.

When choosing which papers to combine, select colours and patterns that complement each other and the Scotch™ Expressions™ Washi Tape that you’re using. Having trouble? Start with your favourite Washi tape and use papers in the same palette.

 


 

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SKILL LEVEL: Easy

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 5–15 minutes

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SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES:

Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

Scotch® Magic™ Tape

+ Scotch™ Expressions™ Washi Tape, Pine Trees

Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape

OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS:

+ Two different wrapping papers: Edo paper in Aqua and gift wrap in Peacock from The Paper Place.

+ Ribbon

+ Gift tag

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1. Attach the two papers together. Lay the two sheets of wrapping paper facedown beside each other, overlapping an inch or so along one edge. Tape them in place with several pieces of Scotch® Magic™ Tape along the seam. It’s best to use the straight, uncut edge of the paper to get the cleanest look.

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2. Add the Washi tape. Flip the paper over so it’s face up. Apply a strip of Scotch™ Expressions™ Washi Tape, Pine Trees, along the seam, taking care to keep the tape smooth and straight.

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3. Wrap your box. Using your Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors and Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape, wrap your gift. Before measuring and cutting the two-paper wrap, plan the placement of the Washi tape; I wanted mine about a third up from the bottom of the box, and parallel to the edge. Once you’ve wrapped the paper around the box, add a ribbon and gift tag to complete the look.

 

EXPERT TIP: There’s no limit to how many pieces of paper you can combine using this technique. Tape together two sheets for a clean colour-blocking look as seen here, or attach many smaller pieces together for a “quilt” of papers.

DIY Holiday Gift Tags

DIY Holiday Glitter-Tape Gift Tags | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com While I tend to go all out on wrapping a few key presents at Christmastime, for the majority of my gifts, I stick to quick-but-stylish packaging. Think the basics: paper, ribbon and a tag. Sounds boring, but choose the right elements and “plain” gifts will look just as stunning as any fancy wrapping job.

These make-ahead gift tags are a perfect example of a simple but eye-catching ingredient. Glittery tapes in graphic stripes look a bit like ornaments, and will catch and reflect twinkling lights when under the tree.

I paired my tags with a modern black paper scattered with stars (yes, I love black for Christmas!), but they would also look great with plain white, black-and-white striped or gold chevron–patterned paper.

Whip up a batch of these gift tags on a snowy afternoon, and they’ll be ready to go as you wrap your presents this holiday season.

 


 

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SKILL LEVEL: Easy

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 5 minutes for one tag, or about 15 to 60 minutes for a batch of tags (depending on how many you make)

 

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SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES: + Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Red Crinkles + Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Red + Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Green Crinkles + Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Green + Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Silver Sparkles + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Silver + Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape + Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS: + White cardstock + Circle template + Fine-point permanent marker + Hole punch + Star wrapping paper from the Outer Layer + Cord or ribbon

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1. Add tape to the cardstock. Add a strip of Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Red Crinkles, along one edge of a piece of white cardstock. Next to it, apply a strip of Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Red. Repeat, alternating between the two tapes until you’ve filled your sheet of cardstock.

To make the green and silver tags, repeat this step on additional sheets of cardstock: Use Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Green Crinkles, with Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape, Green; and pair Scotch® Expressions Metallic Tape, Silver Sparkles, with Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Silver.

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2. Draw your gift tag shapes. Using a circle template and fine-point permanent marker, trace circles onto the taped side of the cardstock. (I made mine three-inches round.) Marking your shapes onto the front of your tag allows you to position the tape stripes exactly where you would like them to be within the circle. If you don’t have a circle template, any round object will work, such as a drinking glass or roll of masking tape.

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3. Cut out your gift tags. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut out each circle. Stay inside the lines so the marker won’t show on your final pieces. Next, punch a hole along the edge of each tag.

4. Wrap your gift. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut your wrapping paper to size. Wrap the paper around your gift and secure in place with Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape. Tie your cord around the box, add the tag and finish with a bow.

EXPERT TIP: Address your tags by writing on the back (the cardstock side), or use a permanent marker to write overtop the tape.

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Friday Find: Pretty-Patterned Gift Boxes

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Nicely patterned gift boxes are a rare breed. (Trust me, I've looked.) So I was delighted to chance upon these from Georgette Packaging, which would work just as nicely for baubles and trinkets as they would for cupcakes and treats (they all come with cupcake inserts included). From top: Georgette Packaging's Scandinavian Blue Barent box (7" x 9.5" x 3.5"; also available in blue on white), $20 per package of 6; Stars of Darlington box (3.5" x 3.5" x 4"), $12 per package of 6; Ombré Pink Darlington boxes (3.5" x 3.5" x 4"), $12 per package of 6, Brika.

Spooky Branch Halloween Loot Bags

DIY Spooky Branch Halloween Loot Bags | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com At some point when you were a kid, you probably made some artwork by blowing paint around on paper using a straw. These Halloween loot bags feature the same technique, but with a much more sophisticated result. Brown paper lunch bags are the very simple (and cheap!) base, and India ink creates the blackest black, spooky branches.

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MATERIALS + TOOLS

+ Paper lunch bags (available at dollar stores and supermarkets)

+ India ink (available for about $2 from art supply stores)

+ A straw

+ Hole punch (optional)

+ Ribbon (optional)

 

HOW TO

Before you start, lay down some newsprint or other scrap paper to protect your work surface.

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Dip the end of the straw in India ink and use it to draw a line along the bottom of the paper bag. Wipe off any excess ink from the straw, then blow through it at the ink, directing the ink across the bag. (Starting with a line up the side of the bag also looks cool.)

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DIY Spooky Branch Halloween Loot Bags | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

It takes some testing and practice to get a nice branching effect, so be sure to have extra bags or scrap paper to experiment with. And pace yourself — I got some serious head rushes from blowing through the straw so much!

Set aside to dry and repeat for each bag.

Once dry, fill the bags with candy or other spooky loot as desired.

To finish off each loot bag, fold over the top, punch two holes and thread through some ribbon, tying a bow. (I used a combination of black tulle, orange satin, and gold glitter ribbon.)

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DIY Spooky Branch Halloween Loot Bags | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

How to Wrap a Wine Bottle for a Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

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Invited to a friend’s or family member’s place for dinner? You’ll probably bring a bottle of wine, right? Well, forget leaving it in the store’s branded bag, or even plopping it into a gift bag — there’s a much better way to dress up this token of thanks.

For the next dinner party you attend — whether it's for Thanksgiving or another occasion — turn that bottle of wine into a true hostess gift with some thoughtful, but easy, gift wrapping.

Below I give the instructions for one of the three options shown here (centre); they’re all self-explanatory, and you can create any design you like by using your favourite tapes. How complicated your pattern is, will determine how long the project takes.

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SKILL LEVEL: Easy

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 5–15 minutes

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DIY Washi Tape Wine Bottle Sleeves | Thanksgiving Hostess Gift | Corinna Wraps.wordpress.com

1. Cut the paper. Using a craft knife, ruler and cutting mat, cut the paper into a band. It should be long enough to wrap around the bottle of wine (allow about an inch of overlap), and high enough to cover the wine label.

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2. Tape the paper around the bottle. Wrap the paper band around the wine bottle and secure in place with a strip of Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape so that the seam is at the front of the bottle. First securing your paper with the Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape before adding your decorative tape design, allows you to apply the Washi tape flat and tidy, and gives you the freedom to adjust the repositionable tape as desired.

For this design, I’ve used the seam as part of the design; for the other two designs, the seam is at the back.

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3. Create your Washi tape design. Using your Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut a strip of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Yellow Gold Stars. Make it a little shorter than the height of your paper band, and cut the ends on an angle. Attach the tape over the paper seam. Next, cut a strip of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Gold Solid, the same length, but with opposite angles at the ends. Align and place it down next to your first strip of Washi tape.

For the kraft paper wrapping, I added three strips of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape all the way around the bottle: from top, Zig Zag, Yellow Gold Stars, then Gold Solid. For the black and white striped wrapping, I added two vertical strips of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape: Zig Zag and Gold Solid.

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4. Add your message. Remove the adhesive letters from their backing and attach to the paper band. In this case, I chose to write “Thank You” in black letters. If you want your letters straight but have trouble aligning them, mark a guiding line with a pencil and ruler. Or, for a more casual look, handwrite your message.

For the black and white striped wrapping, I wrote “Cheers” in gold letters. I did not add a message to the kraft paper wrapping.

EXPERT TIP: Choose colours that coordinate with the cap and any neck band or other labelling that won’t be covered up by your wrapping.

DIY Fall Leaves Paper Cone

DIY Fall Leaves Paper Cone | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com | A great way to serve treats for Thanksgiving or at a fall table Nothing says autumn like freshly fallen leaves, making them the perfect decoration for a seasonal table. This paper cone is made from a photocopy of leaves, and is a neat way to serve treats at a fall dinner party or, say, at Thanksgiving. Fill with breadsticks or other treats and put one at each place setting.

DIY Fall Leaves Paper Cone | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com | A great way to serve treats for Thanksgiving or at a fall table

MATERIALS + TOOLS + Leaves + Printer paper + Double-sided tape + Colour printer/photocopier + Coloured paper + Spray adhesive (or other glue) + Scissors

HOW TO

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1. Arrange several leaves on a piece of bond paper, attaching with double-sided tape. The leaves should be freshly fallen; no crunchy, brittle ones, as they need to have enough moisture left in them so that they won’t crack. When attaching to the paper, keep the leaves inside the edges of the paper and fill all gaps.

2. Photocopy (or scan and print), the sheet of leaves.

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3. Glue the printout to the back of the coloured paper. I used spray adhesive but you could also use white glue or glue stick.

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4. Once dry, cut out around the leaf arrangement. Cut the bottom straight across, and the bottom half of one side straight (this makes the next step easier).

DIY Fall Leaves Paper Cone | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com | A great way to serve treats for Thanksgiving or at a fall table

5. Roll into a cone with the leaf-shaped edge overlapping the straight edge. Secure closed with double-sided tape or glue. Your cone is now ready to fill with goodies.

DIY Fall Leaves Paper Cone | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com | A great way to serve treats for Thanksgiving or at a fall table DIY Fall Leaves Paper Cone | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com | A great way to serve treats for Thanksgiving or at a fall table

DIY Fall Leaves Paper Cone | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com | A great way to serve treats for Thanksgiving or at a fall table

Obsessing Over: Copper

This warm metallic is super hot in home decor right now, and is just the right tone for autumn gift wrapping. Here, a few of my favourites.
  1. Organic Geometry wrapping paper in copper/navy (30" x 23.5"), $14.99 US per 3 sheets, Norman's Printery.
  2. Copper metal tape, £5 per roll of 4 metres, Present & Correct.
  3. Copper foil letterpress gift tags, $12.95 AUD per package of 6 (3 of each design), Bespoke Letterpress.
  4. Copper Airforce wrapping paper (500 mm x 700 mm), £2.20 per sheet, Lagom Design.
  5. Crochet ribbon in metallic copper (1.5"), May Arts, click here for retailers.
  6. The Original Copper Glitter Twine, $14 US per roll of 100 yards, Knot & Bow.
  7. Copper gift seals, $9.95 AUD per roll of 100, Inky Co.

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New Pinterest Board: Brown Paper Packages

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Brown Paper Packages | Follow Corinna vanGerwen's board on Pinterest A small FYI for all you Pinners out there looking for more gift wrapping inspiration: I've started adding more gift wrapping boards to my collection. In addition to my general Gift Wrap and Packaging board, I've also created a pin board for Brown Paper Packages (there's just so many great ideas for wrapping with kraft paper!) as well as one filled with ideas on how to wrap foods and drinks.

Be sure to click over and follow me on Pinterest!

A Sculptural Gift Topper for a Unique Gift

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Red and white gift with sculptural topper | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com This present was for a friend of mine whose sense of style is confident and ecclectic. I wanted to wrap it in a unique way that reflected her mastery of combining high art with folk art. My aim was to create a package that was crafty without being rustic — something that looked refined.

The jumping off point was the Nepalese lokta paper — the “bean” pattern is one I knew my friend would like, in a colour that I associate with her.

Ribbon didn’t seem to suit the paper, so I chose a micro-thin red elastic instead, winding it around the gift several times to bulk up its visual weight, then tying a double bow.

For the topper, I made a sculptural piece using craft supplies — dyed red matchsticks and white felted wool rings. I kept it small so as not to compete with the paper, but tried to make sure it wouldn't get lost among the pattern.

This packaging is definitely not something you’d see anywhere else.

What do you think? Did I achieve the crafty refined look I was after?

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Product Roundup: Tape the Rainbow

Washi tape, fabric tape, glitter tape — there's no shortage of amazing decorative tapes out there. Here, I share a minute technicolour sliver of the lust-worthy tapes that the world has to offer.

1. Mosaic Bright washi tape, $4 US, MT.

2. 20 Slim colours boxed set, $39 US, MT.

3. Pastel Weave tape, Little B.

4. Cross Carmine washi tape, $4 US, MT.

5. Water-activated paper Security  tape, $7.50 US, Cute Tape.

6. Carrot masking tape, Daily Like.

7. Yellow washi tape with red spots and circles, $2.50 US, That Washi Tape Girl.

8. Bouquet Free Dot fabric tape, Daily Like.

9. Field washi tape, $7.11, April 103.

10. Silver Foil Polka Dots tape, Little B.

11. City New York washi tape, Masté.

12. Twilight fabric tape collection, Daily Like.

13. 200 mm purple stripe washi tape, $36 US, MT Casa.

14. Duck glitter roll in pink, $7.49 US, Duck Brand.

15. Nature Baby Panda washi tape, Masté.

16. White acorns paper tape, $3 US, That Washi Tape Girl.

17. Japanese Ninja washi tape, Masté.

18. Scotch Expressions Zig Zag washi tape, $4.51, Staples. (Disclosure: Scotch Brand Canada is a client of mine; however, this is not a paid link.)

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Friday Find: Grid Gift Tag Stickers

Grid gift tag stickers from Letter C Design Shipping tag shape, graph pattern, a sticker — this gift label is so much more than the sum of its parts. Graph shipping tag stickers (1.75" x 3"), $5 US per package of 10 (2 each of 5 colours), Letter C Design.

DIY Confetti-Dot Wrapping Paper

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DIY Confetti-dot gift wrapping for a kid's birthday | overhead | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com I’m not a big fan of most wrapping paper created for kids. Emblazoned with trademarked characters from movies and television shows, I find them all rather tacky. Typically I will opt for bold colours and fun patterns — something kids will like but that is not an assault on my own aesthetic sensibilities.

This vibrant DIY wrapping paper made using a colourful combination of tapes is a perfect solution. The half-and-half dot looks more complicated to create than they are and add extra fun to the confetti pattern. It’s like a party! Read on for the full tutorial.

 


 

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SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 30–60 minutes

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SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES + Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Pink Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Blue Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Green Solid + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Pink + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Medium Blue

OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS + Scissors + Matte white wrapping paper from The Paper Place + Parchment paper + 3/4" circle punch + 1" circle punch + Ribbon

 

1. Wrap your box. Cut your paper to size, then wrap it around your gift and secure in place with Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape.

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2. Make the dots. Apply a strip of Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Blue Solid, to the parchment paper. Take a strip of another colour — Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue - tape it to the parchment paper, slightly overlapping the first strip - the overlap will help the two pieces stay together when you remove the tape from the parchment paper. Repeat with all the colour and pattern combinations you’d like to include.

I used the following pairs:

+ Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Pastel Blue Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Techno Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Green Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Medium Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green and Medium Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green and Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Pink Solid

I also included dots of solid Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and solid Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue.

Once you have your strips of tape prepared, position the 3/4” circle punch so each tape fills half the circle; punch a hole. Repeat using both the 3/4” and 1” circle punches until you have enough dots to cover your wrapped gift.

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3. Apply the dots to the paper. Gently remove the parchment paper from the back of your first dot and stick to your wrapped gift (Begin peeling up from the tape that is underneath, so the two halves stay together). I applied my dots in a loose, random arrangement, mixing colours, patterns and sizes.

4. Add the final touches. Once you’ve finished sticking on the dots and are happy with the design, tie a ribbon around the gift and attach a gift tag.

EXPERT TIP: Choose a white or light coloured paper in which to wrap your gift. It will allow the colours of the tape to pop.

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Pinterest Picks: Gold Leaf Gift Tags, Sewn Pillow Boxes + More

A selection of gift wrapping ideas, inspiration and products, as discovered on Pinterest.

1. Calendars wrapped in glassine, secured with washi tape. From Satsuma Press. One simple strip of tape is such a nice detail.

2. Boxed rice cakes. Photo by Genevieve A. via Flickr. I love how precious these rice cakes are, packaged individually and then lined up in a box. I'm totally stealing this idea.

3. DIY machine-embroidered pillow boxes. By Lova Blåvarg on Sweet Paul. To be honest, I don't know if I'd be capable of making these (such detailed sewing!), but I love the sketchy result.

4. DIY gold leaf gift tags. By Lauren on the Thrifty Ginger. I'd recommend using cardstock instead of paper for these.

5. DIY bird favour box. By Maxine of Tulle Box Designs on Wedding Chicks. Personalize a plain truffle box with a shape punch and foil paper.

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Father's Day Gift Wrapping with Feathers

Father's Day gift: wrapped wine bottle with feather gift topper |CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com Sometimes a gig comes along that you enjoy so much, you spend maybe a little longer working on it than what you're getting paid for.

You can see the results of just such a job in the Early Summer 2015 issue of Food & Drink. In it, I styled four bottles of various wines and spirits for a story about gift giving for the special occasions of the season — Mother's Day, Victoria Day, Father's Day and a wedding. Three of the four bottles (actually, I wrapped eight for the shoot) made it to the final shot, including the bottle above.

This is how I wrapped a bottle of wine for Father's Day: Wrinkled and weathered kraft paper, folded and twisted around the shape of the bottle. A gift tag hung loosely over the neck. Flat leather cord wound and tied casually, with ends left long. To top it off, I made a dashing (if I say so myself) feather gift topper. I combined natural and vibrantly-dyed feathers together, binding their tips with a shock of green tissue.

Perfect for Dad, no?