Now that you are most likely done with your holiday shopping, it’s time to wrap up all of the gifts and put them under the tree. But this year, amateur hour is over, it’s time to wrap like a pro and put the most picture-perfect presents on display. We got the low down from the world’s most famous gift wrap artist, Alton DuLaney, who was also named Scotch Brand’s “Most Gifted Wrapper” in 2008, on how to do this and are so excited to be able to share his tips with you.
Check them out below:
Set Yourself Up for Success:
Don’t let the thought of creating a beautiful presentation for your gift intimidate you! If you start by setting up the right workspace, the job will be so much easier. Make sure the surface and your hands are clean. I like to work at a waist-high table and always keep the necessary supplies on-hand.
- In addition to boxes and wrapping paper, I make sure to have a ruler and two pairs of scissors, a sharp pair for cutting ribbon and a second option for cutting paper.
- I like to keep two Scotch Brand tapes at my disposal – the Double Sided Tape for tricky corners and the Gift Wrap Tape that blends seamlessly into the paper for a super clean look.
Use The Right Paper:
Working with the right wrapping paper will make a huge difference.
- Pick a festive option with a metallic finish that creates nice, sharp creases. You can also elevate your look through beautiful patterns, prints, and textures.
- The weight of the wrapping paper is also really important. If the paper is too thin, it will tear easily, allowing package corners to poke through. If it’s too thick, your gift will look bulky.
Give Ribbons Bold Ends:
Ribbon is such a versatile accessory that can level up your holiday wrapping.
- Use ribbon to add color, texture, and visual interest to your gifts.
- With wide fabric or wire ribbons, fold the ends in half crosswise (or hamburger style) and cut the fold at an angle, giving the trailing bits of bows or elegant knots pretty forked ends, which help to soften the ends and give gifts a traditional polish.
Embellish Your Gift:
Put the “present” in presentation with the perfect finishing touch.
- Don’t forget to add embellishment to the outside of the package. This is where you can really get creative and take your gift wrapping to the next level with glitter, feathers, or a decorative ornament.
- I like to give a little gift on the outside that’s a hint of what’s on the inside. For example, if I’m giving a journal, I might embellish with a couple of writing instruments on the outside.
Now that you’ve got the insider tips and tricks, it’s time to start creating your mini masterpieces. Trust us, your family, friends, and guests will be blown away when they see them.