Wrapping presents is one the best things about Christmas! I absolutely love wrapping everything beautifully, creating a neat little parcel that will bring joy to the person it is for. The whole process is an event for me, I sit myself down with a plate of mince pies, a mug of hot chocolate and everything I need to make each present look gorgeous.
About a month ago I had a very exciting invite land in my inbox – M&S were holding a wrapping event! Of course this was my idea of bliss so one dark blustery evening I made my way to London to learn some new techniques. What made it special was the presents we were going to wrap were to be sent to Great Ormond Street Hospital, to give to the children and their families this Christmas. Isn’t that lovely?
M&S have put together an amazing wrapping guide, with inspirational techniques for wrapping your gifts this year. I had a go at a couple of the techniques and the finished result was amazing – who knew a few extra touches would make such a difference?
Armed with festive Percy Pigs and enough ribbon to last the evening, I was ready to begin!
I really love this effect – it takes a bit of practice but it looks great doesn’t it?
Now I absolutely promise you I wrapped this – I almost don’t believe it myself it looks so neat! Isn’t the paper amazing?!! I used this technique the other week to wrap a child’s birthday present – so handy to tuck the card inside.
The Gift Bag
This is my new favourite way to wrap presents and it is perfect for wrapping the more unusual shaped gifts. I thought I would do a step by step for you so you can give it a go this Christmas too!
Measure out a piece of paper double the width of your gift, just as you would when wrapping a regular shaped object.
Tape up the middle of the paper, from top to bottom.
Now the next bit is a little fiddly, I have to think about it each time! Fold up the bottom and then flatten it sideways as shown above.
Tape each point into the middle to create a neat fold.
It is then time to pop in the present – this gift bag is for a pair of pyjama shorts for Mr F.
Fold over the top of the bag and tape it shut.
Now it is time to make it pretty – my favourite part! Curling ribbon is definitely one of my favourite things to do!
This technique is perfect for so many awkward presents – Wills is going to love this cute monkey!
How fab do they look? I almost want to avoid boxed presents now so I can make loads of gift bags!!
Which is your favourite?