Oh, I could wax poetic on paper.
I love to touch paper – hold it in between my fingers and feel the softness of the flocking, or the threads of woven paper, or the texture of pattern. This is same routine I do whenever I go into a fabric store (but that is another day and blog post!).
There is one element to gift wrapping that I cannot emphasize enough – use quality paper! The thickness and pliability are essential to a gift’s final look. Thin, flimsy paper will wrinkle and tear easily – that wastes not only time and money, but is also not aesthetically pleasing.
Understandably, not everyone wants to purchase expensive paper, but there are some great alternatives:
Butcher paper is one great way to wrap a gift simply, then add fun embellishments like ribbon, feathers or jewels. Additionally, you can paint or draw on this paper – set up an easel and have your child go paint-crazy! Grandparents, aunts and uncles will love to not only receive a gift, but to keep memento of their loved one.
Newspaper is another wonderful alternative (and you will be recycling!). You can highlight words to create a fun saying, or wrap using the crossword puzzle (maybe filled in partially!).
Washi Tape is a way to wrap and tape together a gift (not paper, per se, but wonderful all the same). There are so many bright colors and fun patterns – get creative and make zig-zags, or spell out your recipients name!
Now, for those who want to splurge on paper, my favorites is handmade Lokta Paper. It has texture, is durable and the designs are amazing. Sometimes I hold a piece of Lokta paper with the intention to wrap a gift, and it pains me to cut a swath through it (but ultimately the end result of the wrapped gift is reward for the paper’s demise!).
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