Let 'Gift Wrap Guru' Jane Means talk you through making your presents look perfect, just in time for Christmas!
Wrapping up the presents is all part of the Christmas tradition for many. Whether you do yours the day before with a glass of wine in hand, or spread it over a few days to really spend some time on making them as festive as possible, a little extra detailing and attention will make your gifts look truly beautiful this year.
Why not take some advice from the experts, and let ‘Gift Wrap Guru’ Jane Means guide you through making your gift as aesthetically pleasing as possible? With advice on everything from how to wrap neatly to the perfect embellishments, she’s got everything covered – so you can concentrate on that glass of wine!
Click through to read some of her tips, and make this Christmas the most beautiful one yet….
When it comes to getting the right materials beforehand, Jane says: 'Your toolkit should comprise of some sharp scissors, double-sided tape which is particularly good for boxes, sticky tape (I like to use this with cellophane), ribbon, wrapping materials and any embellishments you wish to use. I personally prefer a plain paper, you have a blank canvas and can customise it.'
'For awkward items, not everything has to be wrapped in paper. You can use flexible wrapping such as fabric, tissue, cellophane and even paper tablecloths.'
Don't be afraid to experiment with new materials, but take Jane's tips for measuring everything out first, so you don't end up with messy excess paper. Use double sided tape on the inside of your wrapping rather than ugly sellotape - it'll be your wrapping best friend!
'A great technique for embellishment is to add a band of alternative paper around your gift. You can use wallpaper, and add a ribbon around the centre for great contrast. Whenever you're adding any form of decoration, it's a good idea to tie it in first of all, then you can go over and do your bow', says Jane.
Jane uses everything from dried flowers to baubles to decorate her wrapped gifts, and the effect is a beautiful-looking present. Beware though, it might even look too good to open!
For even more tips from Jane on how to wrap bottles, create your own gift bags, pleat paper and create the perfect bow with your ribbon, why not try her DVD, 'The Art of Gift Wrapping'? Buy it here, and make your gifts the most talked-about ones under the Christmas tree!