How To Make Your Christmas Wrapping Extra Special
In 1995, Jane Means followed her creative passion and began her gift wrapping company. Her business has grown from strength to strength and she and her team are now specialist advisors for many brands including Dior, Jo Malone and Harrods. Jane has also trained staff at Fortnum and Mason, Fenwick, Crabtree and Evelyn and even the Royal Household.
Over the years, Jane has appeared live in the windows of Liberty to show off her skills and is often invited onto TV and radio programmes. She runs courses throughout the UK and Singapore which are regularly sold out.
We chatted with Jane and she kindly shared some insider tips and tricks for making your wrapping extra special this Christmas.
Believe it or not, a great wrapping tool to use for a large item is a paper tablecloth! These mould around objects like the big boxed (and unboxed) toys for grandchildren and they can be purchased easily from party suppliers and supermarkets.
If you have any awkward smaller shapes, these are best wrapped with flexible materials such as tissue, crepe paper, cellophane, netting and fabric. Tissue and cellophane are easy to work with and both can be purchased from your local florist.
A great way to reuse and recycle whilst wrapping your tricky shapes is to use fabric remnants. Simply place the item in the centre of the fabric and gather it at the top. Tie a knot to secure it and you’ll have a gorgeous looking gift.
Potted plants are best wrapped with fabric or paper tablecloths as they don’t disintegrate if they get soggy. If you are using paper or tissue to wrap items that might be moist, ensure that you cover the base with cling film or tin foil.
Tricky shaped small gifts or favours can be wrapped using attractive paper napkins – gather round the item and secure with string or ribbon.
Companies often use brown paper instead of bubble wrap in their packages these days and this is a fantastic material to recycle. Scrunch it into a tight ball and you will get a lovely crinkle effect on your wrapping.
Reuse corrugated cardboard as an additional layer around your gifts wrapped in brown paper. Your brown paper can be embellished with some twigs
tied on with ribbon – it’ll have a gorgeous, natural eye-catching look.
Collecting some of nature’s gifts like cones and berries on your daily walks will be a wonderful natural addition to your gifts.
Tie in some fresh greenery to give a lovely fragrance and a fresh twist to your wrapping. The best greenery to use is ivy, laurel, bay and rosemary, but don’t forget to wait until just before you give the gift to tie it on so that it looks at its best and is fresh.
If you run out of gift tags, you can use fresh leaves, written on with a metallic gel pen – again, leave it until the last minute so that the leaf doesn’t dry out.
Rather than throw away old Christmas baubles, recycle them and add to your gifts for a festive touch. For a more natural look, opt for twigs and cones from a country walk. Cones can be wired with some craft or florist wire. These decorations are also easily attached using a glue gun if you have one – be careful though, they get very hot!
Finally, spritz your gifts with some festive room spray. Your gifts will not only look great, but smell delicious too!