It seems all of my friends have their birthday in August, so lately, my room has looked more like Santa’s workshop than a place dedicated to sleep and relaxation (and eating pizza in bed).
I love a well-wrapped present; it makes me almost as happy as the present itself, so I’ve spent a lot of time playing with ribbons and boxes, and searching on Pinterest for creative ideas to wrap mine.
Here are some of my current favourites.
Idea #1: Sassy card + Ribbon bowMy love for pretty stationary is no secret and this might well be my new favourite way of wrapping presents. Also, before we begin, can we take a second to appreciate how great this card is? #BestBirthdayPlanEverYou’ll need: a box (I got this one from Paperchase), a card (this brilliant little number comes from Oliver Bonas), ribbon (about 2-2.5m), some clear cellotape, scissors and a lighter. 1. Place your card on the box and secure with some clear cellotape.2. Cut the ends of your ribbon at an angle and burn them slightly with the lighter to prevent unravelling.
3. Wrap the ribbon around the box and finish by tying a bow in one of the corners. It took me a while to figure out how to place the ribbon to get the desired effect… Here’s a picture of the back of the box that should save you some time! 😜
Idea #2: Birthday candles and bowBirthday candles are a birthday celebration must-have… So why not put them on the presents as well?
You’ll need: A box, some birthday candles (I got those letter ones from Paperchase but I reckon regular candles would look cute too!), some ribbon (the one I used came with the box!) and some clear cellotape.1. Place your candles on the box.2. Secure with cellotape.3. Add your ribbon on top of the tape.
Idea #3: Ribbon + Origami bow
This one will require a tiny bit more patience as you’ll need to fold an origami bow, but it’s definitely worth the effort as it’ll give your present a look of simple sophitication your girlfriends will love. You’ll need: a box, ribbon (about 2m), 1 sheet of origami paper, double-sided tape, scissors and a lighter.1. Cut the ends of your ribbon at an angle and burn them slightly with the lighter to prevent unravelling.
2. Fold an origami bow according to the instructions provided here. 3. Wrap the box with the ribbon. 4. Secure the origami bow with a bit of double-sided tape.
Do you like to wrap presents or is it one of your Nemesis and you’d rather have it done by someone else?