Easy and creative gift wrap techniques

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Wrapping holiday gifts is a temporary craft. Much like the Buddhist monk who messes up his sand painting that took days to construct, putting aesthetic care into something so temporal is a labor of love, an expression of caring.
I’ve captured some of my favorite gift wraps ideas to inspire you. Maybe you would like to use one of these approaches—if you would like instructions, please e-mail me at lsebast999@aol.com.

Each of the below techniques must:
1. Travel easily—no crushed bows. So many have to ship or carry gifts and it is hard to handle them with the TLC needed not to damage a wrapping that is too fragile.
2. Use simple, inexpensive, and easily available materials. You shouldn’t need to go out of your way to put these simple approaches together.
3. Be fast to execute. Time now is better spent on business than on wrapping presents. Yet, the presents need to look nice and have a deadline. This must get done! So these ideas are simple and fun to do.

gift wrap idea by Liane Sebastian

Wrapping technique with mini-ornaments and simple ribbon.

Materials: red, green, and/or gold mini-ornaments; green, red, gold, and/or silver wrapping paper; green, red, gold, and/or silver thin crinkle ribbon.

gift wrap idea by Liane Sebastian

Wrapping technique using only ribbon and paper with double-stick tape.

Materials: selected colors of wrapping paper; thin and medium width ribbon to match paper colors; double-stick tape.

gift wrap idea by Liane Sebastian

Wrapping technique with florist decoration on brown paper.

Materials: small evergreen branches from florist grocer; red berries or mini-ornaments, white yarn, crayons, red and green thin crinkle ribbon, brown paper.

Liane Sebastian, illustrator, designer, writer, and publishing pioneer

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