Confession: My husband is a better gift wrapper than I. There seems to be a genetic disposition in Ticos (the local term of endearment for Costa Ricans) toward an extraordinary gift-wrapping ability. Throughout the holiday season I’m sharing 10 unique & pretty (simple) gift wrapping technique tutorials for every occasion. Let’s primp that present. Ready for tutorial #3?
If you thought week one’s ribbon bow was pretty, wait until you see what I’ve got for you this week. Not only are we wrapping up quite a fine bottle of wine, but we’re primping it full-throttle by using magazine pages as the gift wrap. The customizability factor is great here. Choose your magazine wrap according to the gift recipient’s tastes and hobbies, and make it a gift they’ll be sure to remember. Here’s how to get the look!
Magazine Wrapped Bottle Tutorial
Bust out your gift wrapping supplies and check out the photos and step-by-step instructions below.
Supplies: hand-selected magazine, tape, scissors
1. Gather supplies and choose two magazine pages your recipient will swoon over.
2. Align pages as you’d like the design to show when wrapped around the bottle. Tape together on the back side. If you’re careful, you can remove the tape and adjust it later.
3. Place bottle at the middle of the gift wrap ‘zines with about one inch border at the bottom of the bottle. Roll up both edges and secure by rolling tape into a loop and inserting it between the magazine and the bottle, hidden as if it were double stick tape.
4. Fold bottom edges of paper around the bottom of the bottle and tape down. No one’s going to see this part, so don’t worry if it doesn’t look glam.
5. Choose another magazine page and cut in fourths lengthwise. Set two strips aside and fold the other two in thirds lengthwise, toward the center to avoid outer raw edges. Wrap each of these two strips around the neck of the bottle and secure with tape. If you have excess paper creeping up the bottleneck from step three, wrap these strips right over it.
6. Select one last sheet of magazine paper to be your bow. Cut it into equal sized strips, again lengthwise, and begin using scissors to curl both ends of each strip as you would curl curling ribbon.
7. Tape the center of one curly strip to the top of the bottle, being generous with the tape. We want this piece secure, since it will hold the rest of the bow onto the bottle. Continue taping curly strips to the bottle in a star shape until it looks just right. Arrange the bow and give yourself a pat on the back. You just primped one fancy fine present!
*This White Zinfandel was amazing!
Stay tuned for more Primp my Present: pretty (simple) gift wrapping techniques for every occasion.