Christmas is a very exciting time for everybody. For arts and crafts enthusiasts, it’s the perfect time to put their skills to use. Making the actual gifts yourself is just one part of the DIY Christmas equation, however. You still need to wrap them afterwards. Here are a few tips that should help make the task of gift wrapping an easier one during this busy season.
Wrap As You Go
One of the best pieces of advice we’ve come across is to wrap your gifts as you go. Don’t wait to wrap the whole lot of them all in one night. Just wrap them up as you finish making or buying them and leave the little personalized touches such as bows, ribbons, and cards for later. As health website ButYouDontLookSick.com suggests, spreading your gift wrapping over a period of time can be especially useful for people who have weak hands or an affliction like arthritis.
Don’t Use Too Much Paper
According to home expert Martha Stewart, this is the ultimate secret to making a perfectly wrapped box. Too much paper can lead to bulky, sloppy folds, so be sure to use just enough paper to wrap your gift boxes. Stewart suggests wrapping the paper around the box before you start cutting and sticking. “The ends should overlap just a couple of inches,” she says. “When folded over the ends, the paper should extend a little more than halfway.”
No Boxes? Make Your Own Gift Bag
Odd-shaped gifts like plush toys can be some of the hardest things to wrap since they don’t have any corners that you can use to make nice and clean creases. You can make the job easier by putting them in boxes or using a store-bought gift bag. If you don’t have either of those handy, M&S assistant design manager Liisa Dudgeon suggests making your own gift bag using plain old wrapping paper.
By following these handy tips, you can hopefully make your Christmas season more hassle-free than ever before. Happy wrapping!
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