Isn’t it true that when we were kids, ripping the wrapping paper off a box were almost as much fun as the gift itself? We grow up and realize it is indeed true – presentation is everything! Any gift we share with another person is meaningful, though even the smallest of tokens are extra special when they’re beautifully wrapped. Let’s change things up from the usual wrapping paper! It’s easy and fun to ribbon wrap a gift box and create two presents in one – we’re just wrapping the lid, so the box can be used again.
I love wrapping presents with ribbon – any kind of ribbon can be used, from satin to sheer organdy, solids to patterns and everything in between. The only ribbon that I don’t recommend using is wired ribbon, since we will be “weaving” the ribbon. Any width of ribbon will work, too, although the narrower the ribbon, the more ribbon will be needed. Narrow ribbons, though they can be a bit more time consuming, create an amazing finished, woven pattern.
Since I still have lots of turquoise organdy ribbon AND a baby boy gift to give very soon, turquoise it is! Sheer ribbon gives a different but beautiful effect.
All you need is a gift box of any size, ribbon, good scissors for cutting and either double-stick tape or a permanent adhesive tape runner, such as Tombow. Make sure you have enough ribbon to finish wrapping your box lid! Can you tell maybe I’ve made THAT mistake a time or two? Yes, I have!
Work first with the long end of the lid if the box is rectangular; it’s easier to weave from the shorter side. Using double-stick tape or permanent adhesive, attach strips of ribbon to the inside of the box lid on the side panel. Lay ribbon side by side, as close together as possible. If you have to “squeeze” in some ribbon in an area that’s smaller than the width of your ribbon, just trim your ribbon vertically.
Bring ribbons across top of box lid, pulling taut but not too tightly, trim to fit and secure each ribbon end to the underside of the box lid on the opposite side.
Now, we’re going to work from the short end of the lid (or if a square box, the other side!) Attach one piece of ribbon to the underside, bring the ribbon to the top of the box and weave it over and under the other ribbons. Don’t secure it to the other side yet! Continue attaching pieces of ribbon and weaving across the box. Make any adjustments needed to straighten the ribbons; trim each piece and secure to the underside of the box lid.
If using sheer ribbon, you can add an additional piece of ribbon around the outside perimeter of the box. Make a big, pretty bow and attach to the front of the box with a tiny safety pin.
We have a box that’s also a gift! Ribbon wrapped boxes are especially nice for birthdays, bridal and baby showers. It’s a nice alternative to wrapping paper, don’t you think? Plus, they’re fun to make! I’ll have some other fun wrapping ideas to share; be on the lookout!
I’ll be back on Friday night for our fun Best of the Weekend party. I’m having some oral surgery tomorrow and I’m a BIG baby about anything dental, so say a little prayer for me! Thanks, as always, for visiting and hope you have day worthy of a big pretty bow on top!
Sharing at these great parties!