you survived another Black Friday, and now all your
fabulous finds need wrapping.
just a hunch, but weíre guessing thatís not your
favorite part of the holidays.
The wrap artists at Apropos gift shop in Wadsworth,
Ohio, are about to make the job a little easier.
shop is renowned for its gift wrapping, which is
complimentary with purchases there. Owner Sally Shantz
and longtime employee Ramona Britenriker have developed
a trick or two over the years, which they shared with us
earlier this week.
put on some Christmas tunes, and letís get wrapping.
has a gift-wrapping station at its store, where
everything needed to produce beautiful packages is
within easy reach.
if you donít have that luxury in your own home, you
can still take a cue from the shopís setup by keeping
all your supplies together so you donít have to do a
lot of hunting and gathering before you wrap. Probably
the easiest way is to use a container big enough to hold
everything you need ó wrapping paper, tissue paper,
tape, scissors, ribbon, tags, boxes and anything else
you normally use.
a good idea to keep scissors, tape and pens with your
supplies so theyíll always be handy. Apropos even has
separate scissors for cutting wrapping paper and
cellophane for gift baskets, since cutting paper dulls
scissors. The scissors are marked so employees wonít
THE RIGHT SUPPLIES
uses only heavy, good-quality wrapping paper. It can be
expensive, but because it doesnít tear as easily as
the cheap stuff, it will save you untold aggravation.
weighted, desk-type tape dispenser is another valuable
tool, because it lets you pull and rip the tape with
just one hand while youíre holding the paper in place
with the other. Apropos uses clear cellophane tape,
which yields a prettier package than frosted tape.
shop also uses unwired floral ribbon, which can be
purchased by the bolt at craft stores and is cheaper per
yard than gift-wrapping ribbon. Britenriker likes ribbon
thatís a little stiff, because it holds bow loops
ON YOUR FEET
of people wrap gifts while sitting on a floor, but itís
better to stand if you can. You can reach everything
easily that way, and you wonít strain your back the
way you might when youíre hunching over gifts on the
table or counter work fine. Take a few moments to clear
off your work surface before you start, so youíll have
plenty of space to unroll wrapping paper.
youíre using a kitchen surface, be sure to wipe it
clean. Crumbs and grease do not make attractive
youíre wrapping a number of gifts, itís easier to do
it assembly-line style instead of wrapping each gift
from start to finish.
by putting the gifts in boxes lined with tissue paper,
if boxes are needed. Wrap everything next, then add the
ribbons, and finally add the bows and tags.
can you keep the recipients straight? Affix a small
sticky note with the recipientís name to each package
until you can get the tag on.
people make the mistake of cutting a piece of wrapping
paper thatís too big for the gift, and then they
either have to trim it during the wrapping process or
struggle with the bulk, Shantz and Britenriker said.
recommend measuring the gift before you cut, adding just
a little extra on all sides. You donít need a
measuring tape; you can just wrap a string around the
gift, lengthwise and widthwise.
cuts paper in advance to fit the various sizes of boxes
it uses all the time. If you have more than one gift of
the same size, cutting the paper for all of them at once
will save you time.
THE ODD STUFF
always easier to wrap things in boxes, but sometimes
thatís not possible.
oddly shaped items, Shantz recommends wrapping first
with bubble wrap or tissue paper, and then wrapping in
gift paper. The inner wrapping softens the edges, so youíre
less likely to tear the wrapping paper.
bags are another option, but those should be pretty,
too. Shantz places the gift in the bag and then covers
it with three or more pieces of tissue paper ó usually
two of one color and a third in a complementary color or
pattern. She grasps each piece of tissue in the center
of one edge and pushes it gently down into the bag, so
the edges stick out the top.
A BOW ON IT
and bows add that extra accent that makes a gift
smaller packages, a simple shoelace bow made from wide
ribbon is all thatís needed to dress up a package.
larger packages, you might want to try your hand at
creating a florist bow. Britenriker shows how in an
instructional video on Ohio.com.