Use Everyday Items as Elegant Gift Wrap

  by  Kevin Heintz

by Kevin Heintz

When special occasions arise, my family and friends bring their presents to my house because of my wrapping expertise (or maybe they're just lazy). My brother certainly is. But when attending his best friend's fall wedding, he asked me to wrap their gift. I wanted to use non-traditional materials to make it different from all of their other presents; it is interesting to make common things elegant. Searching my kitchen, I chose sandwich paper for the wrapping and plain sheet paper for the flourish. The final product got much attention at the wedding. Using simple materials can be a great way to make a gift memorable. 

Supplies:

-Sandwich paper, or standard grocery wax paper 

-8.5” x 11” sheet of paper (2)

-Ruler

-Craft knife

-Tape

-Scissors

Step 1: Wrap the present using sandwich paper, and set aside. (This wrapping will give the gift a plain cake-like base on which we'll add our sculptural decoration.) Next, with both sheets of 8.5” x 11” paper, slice segments ¼” apart vertically from top to bottom using a craft knife. DO NOT slice completely; leave a ¼” attachment at top and bottom so that strips stay attached.

 photography by Eric Hardin  Step 1. Use a cardboard backing to protect the work surface from slicing.

photography by Eric Hardin

Step 1. Use a cardboard backing to protect the work surface from slicing.

Step 2: After both sheets have been sliced, break each sheet into 2 parts. Thus you will have 4 separate pieces with which to work.

 Step 2

Step 2

Step 3: Affix strips to the gift's front and back sides, respectively. These strips will take place of ribbon that is traditionally used here. 

 Step 3

Step 3

Step 4: With 1 of the remaining strips, fold in half lengthwise and pinch at sides to form a canoe shape. Attach to top of gift with hot glue.

 Step 4

Step 4

Step 5: Shape the last strip of paper into a curve and place inside the canoe. Attach with hot glue. The final product is stunningly architectural. 

 Step 5

Step 5

 The gift clearly stands out from among the others on the gift table.

The gift clearly stands out from among the others on the gift table.

The wrapping's sculptural quality makes it as memorable as the gift inside. The newlyweds will surely be delighted and warmed by its elegant presentation.                             

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