How to wrap like a pro: an easy, shimmery wrapping style to show off your Christmas cards

How to wrap like a pro: an easy, shimmery wrapping style to show off your Christmas cards

Today we're wrapping gifts. It's mid December, and I have a pile of gifts needing to be wrapped. For a lot of people, that's a headache. For me, it's exciting. I LOVE WRAPPING GIFTS. Love it. The good news is that today's tutorial is IDIOT-PROOF. Just about anyone can do it. No perfectly tied bows or good handwriting skills needed. You just need the following items: 

  • Wrapping paper. (I like brown kraft paper because I'm lazy and I use it for every holiday-- just switch up the toppings. It's the vanilla ice cream of the wrapping paper world. Goes beautifully with everything, especially pie.)  
  • Tape. For wrapping.
  • Scissors. For wrapping and cutting stuff.
  • Gold spray paint. (Optional, my friends. But exciting if you have it.)
  • A wide ribbon. Don't need much; just enough to fit around the package.
  • Stapler
  • Clear photo corners, or double-sided tape, or glue. Something to stick the card to the package. I like these clear photo corners.
  • A Christmas card. I'm partial to my own cards, which you can buy here. (SHAMELESS PLUG).

STEP ONE: WRAP THE GIFT

I'm not going to get into the details of wrapping, because I already did that in another post. It was a video post. I'm awkward on camera. Feel free to laugh.

STEP TWO: ADD SOME SHIMMER

Spray paint wrapping paper tutorial

AH SHIMMER. Lightly dust your package with gold spray paint. I love how the gold spray paint blends seamlessly into brown craft paper and adds just a hint of shimmer. You can go crazy and add a lot if you want for a metallic look. 

Don't be a dummy-- always spray paint in a well-ventilated area, and prepare for overspray. Spray paint goes everywhere. Ev.er.y.where. I usually lay down about a square mile of newspaper before I paint, just to be safe. 

Wait about 10 minutes to make sure it's dry. (If you put a bunch of gold instead of a light dusting, you might need to wait longer.)

STEP THREE: MEASURE YOUR RIBBON

Measure ribbon for wrapping paper tutorial

Wrap a ribbon around your gift, and hold it in place with your fingers. I carefully slid the ribbon off my package while continuing to hold the spot where I wanted to staple it. That can be a little tricky, so you could mark exactly where you want to staple instead of trying to hold the spot with your fingers while you slide it off the package.

STEP FOUR: STAPLE THE RIBBON 

Staple ribbon for unique wrapping paper tutorial

Be careful not to staple your fingers! Staple the ribbon loop in the place you marked, or the spot you are carefully holding with your fingers. 

STEP FIVE: TRIM OFF ANY EXCESS RIBBON 

Trim off ribbon for easy wrapping paper tutorial

I don't know what to say about this. Just trim off any random leftover bits? And then carefully slide the ribbon back onto your package. 

STEP SIX: ADD PHOTO CORNERS TO YOUR CARD

add photo corners for easy wrapping paper tutorial

You should probably write in it first. Just saying. You could use double-sided tape, if you have that instead. Or if you just have regular tape, make little tape loops. I just think the photo corners have the cleanest look when the card is removed. 

STEP SEVEN: PLACE THE CARD ON YOUR PACKAGE

easy Christmas card wrapping paper tutorial

FINISHED! How pretty is that? A shimmery, gorgeous gift. 

A COUPLE OF BONUS TIPS:

  • This style works best with smaller packages. I think it looks best when the card fits nicely on the package. (Ex: books, makeup, etc. fit really well.) 
  • A wider ribbon looks gorgeous. I used what I had on hand, but if I were going to redo this, I would have used a super wide ribbon. I love 2 and 3 inch wide ribbons. 
  • Match the ribbon color to the card for super pro bonus points. It just looks nice. 

Happy wrapping, my friends! 

Kyle