Tips For The Perfect Package Wrapping

December 9, 2016

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Christmas is coming and it's time to put your gift-wrapping skills to use.  Although it sounds easy on paper, wrapping gifts can be a challenge but with a little prep work and some insider tips from Alton DuLaney, the 2008 winner of the Scotch Most Gifted Wrapper Contest.  First prep your workspace. Whatever you choose to work on, make sure the surface is clean and clutter free.  Also make sure your hands are clean too.  Avoid lotions that could cause tape to become unsticky and ribbons and paper to have stains. Tools of the trade: A ruler, two pairs of scissors (one for cutting paper and one for cutting ribbon), double-sided tape and matte finish tape.  As for the wrapping paper, opt for the medium grade and avoid the cheaper and thinner paper that can easily rip.  DuLaney prefers a medium-grade paper with a bit of a metallic finish, which creates nice, sharp creases. Now as for wrapping, wrap packages with the longest side of the box facing the cut edge of the paper whenever possible. Then, before making your cut, pull the paper up over the sides of the box to measure: You want just enough paper on either side so they slightly overlap in the middle—meaning, each side will be a smidge longer than half the width of your box. If you mess up and don’t cut enough paper (or are at the end of your roll), it’s no big deal. There are solutions that make it look like that was part of your plan all along. Use scraps to cover the exposed gift and consider using more of the strip paper to place elsewhere on the package.  If you are short on corners, consider using ribbon to cover it. As for ribbon, use dull scissors to curl the ribbon as sharp ones will cut the ribbon.

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