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How to Wrap a Classy Package

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Long ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was in college the first time, I had a roommate who, as soon as school was out for Christmas, would rush home to a big city in the east, to her Christmas season job.  She worked in a big department store wrapping presents.  She was paid minimum wage, but she did such a good job that she paid her next semesters tuition on the tips she earned.  Not Bad.  We, her roommates begged her to teach us what she did.  So here are the rules to making an average package look great.  Let’s get started.
 
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Supplies:
Wrapping paper (or any kind of paper)
Tape
Scissors
Ribbon
A box to wrap (use a box whenever possible)

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First, color co-ordinate your paper with the ribbon.  You can use any paper you like, but buy ribbon that will compliment one or more of the colors in the paper.  Here we have white and blue paper with white ribbon.  FYI this paper is recyclable.

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Second, take the time to cut the paper to fit the box.  Have the paper overlap by about 4 inches when it meets in the center, and cut the ends so that when they are folded in they will lie smooth.

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Third, never tape down a raw edge (one cut by the scissors).  Every edge that gets taped down and exposed to public view needs to be a folded down edge.  This step alone will make your package look classy.

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Fourth, embellish your package.  If you were my Hubby, the package would be wrapped (no edges folded under), he would write a name on it with his pen and then stick it under the tree.  Better yet, he would hand me the gift in the paper bag in came in.  I, on the other hand need the ribbon, with the bow, to be there or it just isn’t complete.
sunshiine2 years ago
Oh yes, did she teach you more methods? I hope you plan on sharing!
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craftknowitall (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
There are loads of ways to embellish your package. I just don't have the time to add any more right now. Maybe I can get them done in time for next
Christmas. Thanks.
Another thing is balancing and color I have trouble with. Some people really can put something together that way. I am slowly learning though.
Oh, I know how to embellish it is the wrapping of the paper I hate to do. I always have my husband do that part. I have trouble wrapping circles and stuff like that as well. It looks OK yes but Professionals can really do it super. Maybe after the holidays you might think about sharing more about wrapping. I was actually afraid Scooch would not accept my entry. She did though. Have a super Christmas! Sunshiine
sunshiine2 years ago
Sunshiine thanks you so much for thinking of her. You need to go see my page on how I skated out by doing some wrapping without wrapping! Too bad I did not see this first! Thanks so much for sharing and thinking of me. Have a splendorous day on me! Sunshiine
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