Decorating & Entertaining Ideas

Gift Wrap Like a Pro

Just as you accent a room with color, pattern, and texture, you can imbue sophistication and flair to a present of any size or shape.

Read on to learn the tips and tricks that will make your gifts as chic and one-of-a-kind on the outside as they are on the inside.

Bespoke Wine Bottle
Bespoke Wine Bottle

The dinner-party standard gift presents a wrapping challenge. Instead of concealing the bottle in a bag or box, celebrate its shape and adorn it with a sophisticated mix of metallic-accented paper, cheerful ribbon, and its very own necklace—which doubles as a gift for the hostess.

Stylist Tip: Make the wine’s maker and variety a surprise by covering the bottle’s label.

Video: Want to create this wrapped wine bottle? Watch our how-to video.

Monogram Box
Monogram Box

Inspired by home decor, this gift is wrapped in a custom band with an artful, luxe name tag. The brass studs are reminiscent of upholstery tacks and echo the polka-dot shape on the paper. “I liked the idea of layering the whimsical paper, silky ribbon, and metallic studs, “ says Megan.

Stylist Tip: When working with beautiful, wide ribbon, think of it as another canvas to adorn with studs, stamps, or gems.

Video: Want to create a custom monogram box? Watch our how-to video.

Bloom Time
Bloom Time

The subtle, feminine palette of pink, gold, and white was inspired by shades often found in a bedroom. Nature was also a guiding force. The character of the raw silk ribbon immediately brought to mind delicate petals – the components of the dramatic bloom. “The natural drape of the ribbon allowed the petals to be so naturalistic,” says Megan.

Stylist Tip: Let the pattern of the paper guide your decorative accents. The rosette echoes the feminine curves of the ornamental fleur-de-lis.

Video: Want to create a ribbon rosette? Watch our how-to video.

Meet Our Expert
Meet Our Expert

Name: Megan Pflug
Title: Wrap Artist

Megan’s Wrapping Rules:

  • Take a cue from favorite decorative touches around your home, colors from a favorite painting or print, or the chinz pattern on a pillow.
  • Treat the gift like a work of art. Have plenty of paper and other materials on hand that will bring your vision to reality. Quality is key.
  • Carve out a small dedicated area for wrapping. You need a clean, flat surface.
  • Don’t be afraid to embellish with different objects. I love using bits of nature such as shells, feathers, gemstones, even real flowers.

 

Video: Want to learn how to wrap a perfect present? Watch our how-to video.

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