I would love to be one of those people who has all of their holiday presents purchased and wrapped by the beginning of December. But, alas, I am not. I’m typically the person at the other end of the spectrum, who is running around like a mad woman on Christmas Eve trying to tie up all of the loose ends. However, this year has been a little bit different. Most of the gifts we are giving are at our house or on their way. (Thanks online shopping!) We’ve even had one Christmas celebration already this year, so those presents have been given to their recipients.
Since I had all of these presents just lying around, waiting for my kids to “accidentally” stumble upon, I decided to start my wrapping a bit early this year. Lucky me that I didn’t inherit the same present wrapping skills as Emily. (Just kidding. You can see her beautifully wrapped present ideas here.)
One thing that I have found that saves me some moolah and makes my gifts look good is to make my own curly wrapping paper bows. They are super easy and only take a few minutes to make. Saved time and money? That’s my jam. It is the theme song to my busy and frugal existence.
Anyway, let me show you how you can whip up one (or 100) of these puppies for your own gifts. Follow the steps below.
1. Gather supplies. All you need is a 9″ x 9″ cut piece of wrapping paper, a pair of scissors, and some Scotch tape. Simple, right?
2. Fold the wrapping paper piece in half and crease.
3. Using scissors, cut 1/2″ strips into the open side of the paper all the way along the edge, leaving about 1″ uncut next to the fold.
4. Next, use one side of the scissors to curl the wrapping paper like you would with regular curling ribbon. Don’t pinch too tight or the paper will rip.
5. Hold the paper with the crease towards you and fold it in half to the left (or right) twice.
6. Add a piece of tape to close off the open end, opposite of the new fold.
7. Cut a half inch up both sides, through both the fold and the tape.
8. After that, fold the bottom halves up in opposite directions. This will be the base where you will attach the ribbon to the package.
9. Fluff those little, curly tendrils a bit and place the bow on your package. Voila! All done.
This seems to work with pretty much any wrapping paper that I have found and also works with book pages and sheet music. I have yet to try newspaper or anything that thin, but if you give it a go, let us know!