Wrapping Perfect Gifts
By Sheila Moss
You too can have beautifully wrapped gifts
without paying department store gift wrap prices. Wrapping gifts is not
that difficult and something anyone can learn with a small amount of
Get a sturdy box for the gift. You
canít find one? There must be something in the closet from last
year. Okay, that one is a bit small, but close enough. Line it with
colorful tissue and place your gift inside. Whadda ya mean it popped
open? Tape it shut! Good grief! Use more tape this time and make sure
it stays shut!
Choose colorful paper appropriate for
the occasion. Is that crummy stuff from last year all you have? Well,
it will have to do. Why didnít you buy some new paper when you
bought the gift? Measure the paper by gently wrapping it around the
box. Leave two extra inches to overlap. Cut the paper evenly.
Measure the ends by using the end of
the box. The paper should fold to cover the end of the box exactly at
both ends. Now trim the sides of the paper. Where are the scissors?
How should I know? They are your scissors. Try looking under the box!
How can you learn to wrap gifts if you keep losing things?
Okay, wrap the box lengthwise and tape
the paper tightly. What do you mean it doesnít reach? I told you
leave two extra inches! You forgot? FORGOT??? Repeat Steps 2 and 3.
Now wrap the box lengthwise and tape the paper. Double-edged tape is
nice and doesnít show. You donít have any? That figures.
Tuck the ends in on the side and make
crisp creases. Fold the bottom flap up and the top flap down, like an
envelope. Itís too long? Well, just fold the extra under and tape
it! Okay, so it made a lump. So what?
Repeat Step 5 for the other end. The
paper doesnít meet? So, thatís why the other end was too long!
Okay, cut a little extra paper off the roll and patch it so the box
doesnít show. No, it doesnít look too good, but we donít have
enough paper to start over. Maybe no one will notice.
Choose bright ribbon that coordinates
with the wrapping paper. Watch out, cats like to chase loose ribbon!
Tie ribbon around box leaving ends long enough to tie the bow with.
Untie cat from box.
To make an easy bow, wrap ribbon around
your hand and tie the loops tightly in the middle. You donít have
enough hands? Okay, Iíll tie it for you. Canít you do anything?
Now, pull the loops out one at the time on alternate sides and twist
slightly. See how it works? Donít worry, it looks good enough. Tie
the bow to the box. Now untie cat again.
Extra items on the outside of a box add
a festive touch. Try tying a small ornament or toy tied next to the
bow. No, a small cat will not work.
The end came untapped? Tape it back. No
more tape, huh? You shouldnít have used so much to tape the box
shut. Use adhesive tape or duct tape. At this point, who cares? Itís
the gift that matters, not the wrapping anyhow.
Additional gifts may be wrapped in the
same manner. Helpful suggestion: Put cat in basement and lock door
first. How many more gifts to you need to wrap?
Gift bags are nice. Go to the discount
store and buy bags and tissue paper. Wrap gifts loosely with tissue
and tape. Put several sheets of extra tissue paper in each bag. Add
gifts and you are done! Why didnít we think of this step in the
Copyright 2005-2007 Sheila Moss
Moss is a columnist and free-lance writer from Nashville, Tennessee. Her column
includes funny stuff about Southern life, women's issues,
family matters or whatever she finds amusing.
She has written a monthly humor column for the Atlanta Woman Magazine,
and a weekly column for Smyrna AM, a community
supplement of the Tennessean, and for a number of other newspapers. She has been
published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill and
Guideposts Books, as
well as in numerous other publications, both print and online. She is
WebEditor for the National Society of Newspaper
Columnists and is an webmaster for HumorColumnist.com.
as well as Southern Humorists.com. Contact
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