Paper and tape and ribbons….oh my!
Seems like every other day this summer I have been wrapping a present for some wonderful occasion.
Look at some of these amazing packages.
NOT WRAPPED BY ME!
Great huh? The reality is that if you are like me, you probably buy the gift you need on the way home from work or errands and need it wrapped and ready to go immediately.
Here are some tips and tricks I use to make it looked like I actually planned ahead!
I really love to wrap gifts.
I am really pretty good at it and I think my gifts usually look pretty nice.
I could probably copy the gift wrapping on the packages in the photos if I wanted to.
If I did, the wrapping would cost almost as much as the gift!
That just isn’t Sweetwater Style!
The real issue for me is that my friends and family always seem to have special events when I am the busiest….not very thoughtful of them…but hey it is their party!
To solve this dilemma, I have a secret!
I keep at least 5 gift wrapped boxes ready to go on a closet shelf.
The only thing missing is the gift!
How does this work?
It is really pretty simple.
Notice that top and bottom of the boxes are wrapped separately. Take the top off—put the gift in—go to the party!
Pretty Sneaky! Don’t tell, but sometimes I put a couple of the boxes in the car…..shop ON THE WAY TO THE PARTY…finish the wrapping in the car!
You just need to carve out a free hour some day and get out some plain boxes (I know you have a stash of boxes you are saving).
Get your pretty papers, ribbons, tape and scissors and start wrapping.
The technique for wrapping the top of a box isn’t much different than wrapping the whole box.
Measure the paper and fold the edges up over the box.
Miter the corners in.
Tape the paper edge inside the box….no one will ever look to see how neat you are….so you don’t need to be to fussy!
If I use an all white box, I sometimes don’t even wrap the bottom.
Don’t stop when you have wrapped the packages!
- Put tissue paper in the box
- Add a generic note card and envelope
- Add a piece of ribbon big enough to go around the box
- Make a bow and tuck it in the box
- Put the cover back on and the next time you need a present in a hurry…..Instant Gift Wrap!
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What a fantastic idea! Where do you keep your wrapped boxes? (I'm afraid I might put them somewhere and then forget where!)
I would never get a package wrapped that looked like one of things. I have never been good at that. I just put my gifts in a sack. Easier.
Good idea, Mary~
Happy Pink Saturday!
This is so smart! I have never thought to wrap the top and bottom of the box separately! Well done! I hope you will link up at Savvy HomeMade Monday this week!
Mary, what great ideas you have!
Ha ha, I love it! That's what I call organised!!
Thank you so much for linking up and partying at Home Savvy A to Z this week, Mary! I love your organization and preparation!
This is so easy and simple, however, so smart. Tnx for shareing.
Great idea to have a few prewrapped boxes all ready to go.
Great gift wrapping tips! They will be a great addition to the next Pretty Packages Party! Thanks for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!
This is brilliant! I'll be featuring this on tomorrow's thrifty thursday link party. Thanks so much for linking up this awesome tip 🙂
Thanks Erika…you made my day!
What a great idea!!
What a GRAND idea, my friend! Wow…your pre-made gift boxes are just gorgeous! You know, I think that getting a beautifully wrapped gift is just as sweet as the gift itself! Seriously! Thanks for sharing this great idea and the tutorial and tips! I hope to be so organized! Hehe!
So happy to have you join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites again this week, dear lady!
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