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It’s A Wrap

14 Jan

At the beginning of each year I purchase a new roll of wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby (Brother Sister Design Studio brand), along with a roll of tulle in a coordinating color (they have quite a selection of colors in their wedding section).  I find that this brand of paper is of excellent quality and a great value – it doesn’t tear or wrinkle easily and it is the perfect thickness for nice crisp folds.  And, I fancy the fact that it has grid marks on the back side, which makes cutting a straight line so much easier.  This roll of paper is the one that I use throughout the year for miscellaneous gifts (other than my daughter’s and husband’s birthdays – those warrant rolls of specially purchased paper).  Tulle is a netted fabric which makes it quite easy to make a beautiful full bow that cannot be crushed.

Now, it seems that most of the gifts I give are to females, so one roll of paper works fine for me.  But, if you have men you buy for, then either purchase two rolls, or, better yet, purchase a generic paper – a beautiful black and cream harlequin pattern, for example.  And then purchase two rolls of ribbon – one that would make it “pretty” for a female, and another (black, perhaps) that would work for males.

I secure opened rolls of paper and ribbon with three plain ponytail holders (that’s what we call them in Texas; I think they are also called hair elastics) – the average size, not the tiny ones.  These are inexpensive, reusable, do not break like rubber bands, and gently hold the paper in place without wrinkling or tearing it.  It is important to use soft bands, not the grippy type that feel more like a rubber band.

Along with the paper and ribbon I keep scissors, a roll of double-sided tape, a few nice boxes (but only those that fold flat for easy storing), white tissue paper and a few blank notecards.  Then, when I have need to wrap a gift, all of the supplies are handy.

With the proper supplies on hand, you will be beautifully wrapping fine gifts throughout the year.