Total Basset Case: Spice Up Your Birthday Gift with These Ribbon and Wrapping Tips

Nov 5, 2013

Spice Up Your Birthday Gift with These Ribbon and Wrapping Tips

I love giving gifts any time of the year but with the holidays right around the corner I thought we could all use some tips to jazz up our gifts. 
And, while we are talking gifts, my birthday is right around the corner...just in case you were wondering ;)

Giving presents to people is about more than increasing their opinion of you. If you give a person a truly heartfelt gift, then it is a token of appreciation that shows how much you value another individual. Giving presents such as birthday gifts can be highly symbolic in that respect, if, of course, a good amount of thought and consideration has been put into said gift! It's not all about the actual gift either; how you present the gift to the other person is almost as important. With that in mind, here are some ribbon and wrapping tips to really spice up your birthday gift.

Make a Large and Splashy Impression

You can make a large and splashy impression with how you choose to tie your ribbon around your gift. Take some wired ribbon and then tie it around the present to create a basic bow. Then, tie three additional bows around the first one's knot, and make sure that the loops are then facing in all kinds of different directions. Basically, you will create an 8-point asterisk of sorts. Not only will this be something spectacular and unique to look at, but it will also give you a chance to mix both patterns and colors of ribbons for even more amazing effects.

Attempt a One-Loop Bow

You can also try something totally different and rare when you work with ribbons for gift wrapping purposes. If you are sick and tired of the standard bows, you should definitely try this alternative way of wrapping your present. First, wrap your ribbon all the way around the gift box, and then tie it just one time so that there are actually two loose ends that you can work with. Now, form a loop out of one end while wrapping the opposite end around it, just like you would do when forming a regular bow! Finally, you can pull the ribbon through so that you are left with only a single loop.

Use Twists in Succession


Sometimes when you are wrapping gifts, it can be very helpful to perform a certain twist on a traditional way of trying ribbons on gift boxes. What you want to do is tie a simple and basic ribbon all around your gift box. Then, you can finish it off with a fast knot on the top. This will be in place of the usual bow. Then, you have the luxury of actually lining up several of these knots all in a row, either just straight across or diagonally. These are the best ways in which you can spice up your birthday gift with these ribbon-wrapping tips.


A ribbon just isn't for your hair; it can also provide beautiful ornamentation and visual appeal on any present that you wrap. And that's what really counts when you are wrapping presents: Making them appear attractive to the eye, so that the person receiving the present has something to really look at. Follow these tips above, and the next present you wrap will have that wow effect.

I have managed to grab a few Christmas gifts already and I am dying to wrap them up beautifully!  Now, if I can just get Mister on board with putting the tree up already...


Pamela said...

You'll have to show us your cute wrapped presents!!

Unknown said...

I suck at wrapping! Maybe some of your tips will help take me to the next level!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tips and pictures! I really enjoy making my gifts look pretty...especially at Christmas when they'll be sitting under the tree for awhile. I don't have too many people to buy for which means I can spend a little extra time and money making them look extra nice.

Shannon said...

I usually try to wrap any baby or wedding shower gift really creatively. It's so much fun to do and people do notice!

Caitlin said...

I LOVE pretty and creative wrapping! Thanks for the ideas. Ohhhhh I am so excited for Christmas!

Kait said...

Oh I love making presents pretty...except it rarely happens because I'm two presents short of a meltdown by the time it comes to wrapping. Here's hoping this year will be different :)

Erin LFF said...

I'm such a boring wrapper most years. I'll have to remember this and try to jazz mine up a bit if I can! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely going to have to try these tricks when I'm wrapping holiday gifts. I feel like they always look so blah.

Sarah Tucker said...

I am totally trying that bow! Love it!

Betty said...

I always end up waiting until the last minute to wrap they never end up looking that pretty. I think my goal for December will be to start early...and make 'em pretty! Thanks for sharing!! :)

Jen said...

I love pretty presents but feel like I totally fail in this department every year. I have good intentions and then just run out of time. Maybe this year! I do love the orange, blue and green combo! Happy early birthday by the way!!

Melanie said...

What an awesome idea. I love this and totally using this for xmas presents!

xo Mel
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