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How to Wrap Christmas Gifts in Garden Style

Wrap in Fabric
Wrap in Fabric

Try the art of furoshiki, the Japanese technique of wrapping gifts in fabric. Start with a roll of burlap and clippings from evergreen shrubs or Christmas tree trimmings. Pine cones, left natural or painted in chalky finish or spray paint, can be tied to the package with floral wire.

Embellish
Embellish

Wrapping in fabric requires no tape, just a few loose knots. Don’t be intimidated by the technique: if you can tie your shoes, then you wrap a gift with a furoshiki. Check out online tutorials for simple furoshiki instructions.

Wrap in Builder's Paper
Wrap in Builder's Paper

Sturdy builder’s paper makes an all-purpose foundation for your creative decorations. To get this look, begin with a green paint chip cut into the shape of a tree and finished with a silver and gold star made with paint pens.

Decorate
Decorate

Turn the holiday chore of gift wrapping into fun art time for the kids. Just provide colored paper (or paint chips), scissors, paint pens or markers, twine and ribbon. 

Tip for Success
Tip for Success

Tip: Use double-sided tape when wrapping with heavy builder’s paper. It will keep the folded edges together better than regular tape.

Tape It Up
Tape It Up

Your kids may be familiar with washi tape crafts. Electrical tape can be used the same way to create bold graphic designs on gifts.

Photos by Laura Mercer