How to wrap an awkward shaped gift!

I’m always being asked this same question. The trouble is everyone’s choice of  gift is different with different awkward bits and different shapes.If people ask me this at a workshop, I’m usually able to help/give suggestions etc.

So, to any of you reading this, I can only say think about flexible wrapping or find a box to put it in! The box option is obviously straightforward. Flexible wrapping could be cellophane ,perhaps with coloured tissue paper within to obscure the contents. Alternatively, hunt around the house for some fabric and knot it decoratively at the top. If you choose natural fabric, such as calico. hessian, linen etc you should tuck some some fresh ivy and aromatic  herbs in to the knot on the day you give the gift.

I hope that helps some of you…you’re going to be busy wrapping over the next few weeks! Feel free to ask me questions.

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  • Reply Holly Golightly November 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I have a question, I would like to decorate our house ( in a hot climate) for Christmas on a budget… Any tips to fripperise ( not sure if that’s a word!?!) my house?

  • Reply Amanda White November 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I have a couple of ideas. What about an indoor wreath so it’s not out in the hot sun? I often make one using greenery from the garden wired onto a metal ring/ or an entwined bough. Then I wire little bunches of fresh herbs…bay leaves, rosemary, thyme etc. I tie these bunches with red ribbon . I have also sometimes added homemade mulled wine sachets. (I’ll do a post on how to do those) Sometimes for fun I’ve wired some of those small wooden knives, forks and spoons on. It’s very fragrant.
    You could do small bunches of greenery with bright ribbons to hang from door knobs.
    It would be my recommendation to only put these up a few days before Christmas in a very hot climate and spritz them each day with a little water to keep them fresh.
    If you can get cheap red apples they look wonderful on the earth in a pot with a plant in. I used to do this every year around the base of my two little bay trees. It looked really cheery and the apples were gradually eaten by the birds over the winter, which was the plan. Have fun!

  • Reply Ann December 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    great suggestions… and wonderful ideas for other holidays!! So much you can do with greenery or herbs…

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