Hi, all! For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Megan and I help Jill with some of her daily tasks (so she can spend more time with you!).
Today, she asked me to share a few wrapping tips and tricks for the holidays and I hope you find them helpful!
This year, I picked out some neat presents for my family including a new espresso machine for my mom, a daily reflections book for my dad, and a dainty necklace for my sister. But if you ask me, these gifts won’t reach their full potential without a festive wrapping job!
It’s easy to make boxes look pretty and clean-cut, but there are certainly items that are more difficult to wrap. That’s why I wanted to share a few wrapping tips and tricks that will make your seasonal gifting a bit easier.
Check out my videos below to take a closer look!
Create A Small Package For Stockings
Necklaces? Lip balms? These little treasures make great stocking stuffers but they aren’t always easy to wrap. So instead of fumbling with your tiny gift, you can try this simple and unique method.
- Core of a toilet paper roll
- Strip of wrapping paper (optional)
- Tape (optional)
As you can see, all you really need is the core of a toilet paper roll to make one of these little packages. Just fold in one end of the roll, place your gift inside, and fold in the other end. The thick nature of the roll will hold the ends in place so you don’t have to worry about your item falling out.
And if you took a look at Jill’s article, My Favorite Stocking Stuffer For Christmas, I’m sure this method will come in handy!
Use The Diagonal Method
If you’re ever stuck with a small scrap of paper that’s just too small for your gift, this method will be helpful. Instead of lining up your gift along the same angle as your paper, you’ll want to turn it diagonally.
- Wrapping paper
Again, it’s as easy as it sounds! Turn your gift at an angle and you’ll be surprised to see that your wrapping paper can cover much more of your box. You may have to fiddle with the angle to get the perfect fit, but I find that a 45-degree angle works best.
Use Fabric Instead of Wrapping Paper
I discovered this method a couple of months ago and thought it was such a neat idea! It’s not complicated whatsoever, but it can save you a good amount of money. Instead of wrapping your gifts in wrapping paper, you can use fabric instead.
- Cut of fabric
- Tape (optional)
That’s right! A scrap of fabric serves as the perfect wrapping alternative. And the best part is that it doesn’t matter what type of fabric you use, as long as it covers your gift. In my video above, I used a thin fleece material. But in the past, I’ve also used old t-shirts and even blankets for larger items.
If you have high-quality tape, you can use it to secure your fabric. With that said, my favorite way of holding the fabric in place is with a ribbon.
Make a Bag Out of Wrapping Paper
Has anyone else noticed how expensive gift bags are nowadays? Maybe I’m shopping at the wrong places, but those prices are way too expensive — especially when I already drained my pockets on gifts.
While pre-made bags are easy to pick up in the store, you can create your own at home for a much better price.
- Wrapping paper
- Bow (optional)
It takes a little more patience than the other methods, but the great thing about creating your own bag is that you can make it any size you wish. Simply cut more wrapping paper to make a larger bag. Interested? Watch my video above to see my step-by-step instructions.
I hope these wrapping tips will help take some of the stress out of this holiday season. You may have the chaos of running around for last-minute presents and baking dozens of cookies for neighbors, but that doesn’t mean your holiday gifting has to be more complicated.
Thank you for letting me share my wrapping tips and tricks with you!
All the best,