Ribbons and wrapping paper

by Sofia   -   in DIY projects

I´m not going to lie. I love gift wrapping. I´m like a little girl in a candy shop when it comes to pretty cards, wrapping paper and especially ribbon. I have noticed in life that certain type of people are ribbon people. I know it sounds odd but some are ununderstanding when it comes to gift wrapping and even the prettiest silk ribbons get thrown away with trash when the present is opened. And then there are people like me. Who carefully save all the pretty ribbons and re-use them for something. Ribbon people. We enjoy different kinds of ribbons. We buy rolls of ribbon just because it´s so pretty. And ribbon people are often also bow people. The bigger the bow the better type. I have a few friends who love ribbon as much as I do. There´s a type, trust me. Ribbon people are probably also the type to go nuts in the sprinkle section of a baking shop. But with all the nice ribbon and all the sprinkles in our pantries we are the party kind too. So ribbon people are not only nuts, we are also fun loving. The girls who throw confetti around and say ” oh yes, it´s a party!”. And if parties, presents, ribbons, sprinkles, confetti and cake are our thing then wrapping those birthday presents is part of the fun. So how to make a really nice package. This is how…

First you buy a present. When buying for your kids friends you don´t really know so well I think it´s safe to go with something you would not mind having in your nursery. Like crafty things or a pretty puzzle, maybe some wooden food for a play kitchen. I would steer clear of plastic and junk. Now that the girls, especially Cotton Candy has started to go to quite a few birthday parties I have found a few favourite brands. I like Djeco for arts and crafts things. They have very good quality art supplies, nice stickers and crafting sets. Djeco also makes very cute puzzles. Vilac is another go to brand. Lovely wooden toys and they last for a very long time. From both brands you can find a cute and useful toy for under or about 20 €. Another good choice is a book. I´m always a big fan of children´s books. And reading fairy tales never hurt anybody.



This is not all of it…



Then it´s time to wrap it up. When I was in high school I used to work  in a toy store called Fanny and Alexander on Saturdays. I also worked there over Christmas time and we had a wrapping station for the presents. I became quite a good gift wrapper after wrapping what felt like a 100 presents a day. The thing is to have the right size of paper. Not too small but not too big either. Then you want to fold all the sides that are showing to give it a nice finish. And the most important part. The ribbon. There is an easy trick how to get it just right every time without having anyone keep their finger on the knot. So here goes…



All the parts showing, even the long back part of the present look better if folded.



This is the important part and a bit tricky to explain. But you take your ribbon and lay it flat under the package. Leave one side quite a lot longer than the other. The you cross it on the top ( as in pull the longer part from “under/ around” the other. You can see this better in the photo above this one, the parts where you don´t see the dots are the end bits of the ribbon, so look at the dotted ones). Keep the shorter part here and continue with the longer side around the package in the other direction around the package and the pull it under the first cross on the top again. Now you can make a knot.  This way the place where you want to make a knot stays in the middle all the time and it´s easy to make a firm knot.





So there you have it! Easy-peasy-lemonsqueezie. Have a great day friends! And throw that kindness around like confetti!

Näin syntyy mielestäni kaunis paketti. Suloista paperia, sievää nauhaa ja ihana kortti. Sillä pääsee jo pitkälle.


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8 comments on “ Ribbons and wrapping paper „
Susanna, on March 11, 2015

Rusettityyppi – tunnustaudun :)!

Täti Ruskea, on March 11, 2015

Oi, muistan tuon Fannyn&Alexanderin! Sinne piti aina päästä, kun tuli Helsinkiin. Sieltä hain vielä kivoja juttuja esikoiselleni, hänen ollessa pikkupoika. Kerran kauppaa ei sitten vain enää ollutkaan 🙁 Kivoja ideoita kaverilahjoiksi. Kauniisti paketoitu lahja on kuin lisälahja varsinaisen sisällön lisäksi. Tiedätkö, minuakin pahempi/parempi kauniiden lahjanauhojen säästelijä on meidän viisivuotias. Olisikohan jotain tekemistä sillä, että meillä on sama syntymäpäivä 😉

Jenni / Juhlahuuma, on March 11, 2015

Täällä kanssa yks joka on aivan sekaisin erilaisista nauhoista!! 😀 Anoppikin on oppinut säästämään kaikki mulle ja lähettelee pieniä sykeröitä aina tulemaan. 😀 <3 Kaunis paketti ja niin suloisuus tuo kortti! 🙂 Ihanaa päivää! 🙂

Niina, on March 11, 2015

Rusettityyppi täälläkin! Minäkin olin opiskeluaikana töissä lahjatavaraliikkeessä Helsingin keskustassa ja rrrrakastin tehdä lahjapaketteja.

Helen, on March 11, 2015

A lovely post today! By your definition I think I must be a ribbon person! It is Mothering Sunday here this weekend so I shall be wrapping some very special presents and who knows, maybe even receiving one myself!!!

Annika, on March 11, 2015

Rusettityyppi minäkin! Ja niin totta tuo, että samaan “persoonallisuustyyppiin” kuuluu monesti myös ne sprinklesit. Rupesi ihan naurattamaan, kun luin tuon kohdan. Täällä nimittäin eräs, jonka isä ja puoliso kävivät viime syksyisellä koripallon MM-kisamatkalla vähän tuliaisostoksilla El Corte Inglesin kakkukoristeosastolla (ei siis oma-aloitteisesti)… 😉

Ita, on March 11, 2015

Lovely post

Sofia, on March 16, 2015

Ihanaa kun meitä rusettityyppejä on enemmänkin! <3 <3 <3

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