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Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
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||12 Easy Steps....
12 Easy Steps for
Wrapping Perfect Gifts
can have beautifully wrapped holiday gifts without paying
department store gift wrap prices. Wrapping gifts is not that
difficult and something anyone can learn with a small amount
1. Get a sturdy box for the gift. You can't find one? There
must be something in the closet from last year. Okay, that one
is a bit small, but close enough. Line it with colorful tissue
and place your gift inside. Whadda ya mean it popped open?
Tape it shut! Good grief! Use more tape this time and make
sure it stays shut!
2. Choose colorful paper appropriate for the occasion. Is that
crummy stuff from last year all you have? Well, it will have
to do. Why didn't you buy some new paper when you bought the
gift? Measure the paper by gently wrapping it around the box.
Leave two extra inches to overlap. Cut the paper evenly.
3. Measure the ends by using the end of the box. The paper
should fold to cover the end of the box exactly at both ends.
Now trim the sides of the paper. Where are the scissors? How
should I know? They are your scissors. Try looking under the
box! How can you learn to wrap gifts if you keep losing
4. Okay, wrap the box lengthwise and tape the paper tightly.
What do you mean it doesn't reach? I told you leave two extra
inches! You forgot? FORGOT??? Repeat Steps 2 and 3. Now wrap
the box lengthwise and tape the paper. Double-edged tape is
nice and doesn't show. You don't have any? That figures.
5. Tuck the ends in on the side and make crisp creases. Fold
the bottom flap up and the top flap down, like an envelope.
It's too long? Well, just fold the extra under and tape it!
Okay, so it made a lump. So what?
6. Repeat Step 5 for the other end. The paper doesn't meet?
So, that's why the other end was too long! Okay, cut a little
extra paper off the roll and patch it so the box doesn't show.
No, it doesn't look too good, but we don't have enough paper
to start over. Maybe no one will notice.
7. Choose bright ribbon that coordinates with the wrapping
paper. Watch out, cats like to chase loose ribbon! Tie ribbon
around box leaving ends long enough to tie the bow with. Untie
cat from box.
8. To make an easy bow, wrap ribbon around your hand and tie
the loops tightly in the middle. You don't have enough hands?
Okay, I'll tie it for you. Can't you do anything? Now, pull
the loops out one at the time on alternate sides and twist
slightly. See how it works? Don't worry, it looks good enough.
Tie the bow to the box. Now untie cat again.
9. Extra items on the outside of a box add a festive touch.
Try tying a small ornament or toy tied next to the bow. No, a
small cat will not work.
10. The end came untapped? Tape it back. No more tape, huh?
You shouldn't have used so much to tape the box shut. Use
adhesive tape or duct tape. At this point, who cares? It's the
gift that matters, not the wrapping anyhow.
11. Additional gifts may be wrapped in the same manner.
Helpful suggestion: Put cat in basement and lock door first.
How many more gifts to you need to wrap?
12. Gift bags are nice. Go to the discount store and buy bags
and tissue paper. Wrap gifts loosely with tissue and tape. Put
several sheets of extra tissue paper in each bag. Add gifts
and you are done! Why didn't we think of this step in the
Copyright 2002 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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