In addition to ribbons and bows I started to add other embellishments to the gifts and I find that this creates an elegant effect.
The first present is wrapped in a shiny paper that I chose because it is multicoloured and contains the colours associated with Christmas: red, green, and gold.
I then tried to shape all six strands of ribbon, and attached a gold gift tag. I was disappointed that the gift tag contained the colour blue instead of, say, red, but that’s what it’s like to be a crazy perfectionist gift wrapper.
The last gift might be my favourite. I love this wrapping paper: it contains all the Christmas colours and is designed with colourfully swirled tree ornaments.
To embellish this gift I used items to match every colour in the paper – gold pinecones pick up the gold swirled ornaments while the red berries, bulb, and gift tag pick up the red of the paper. The white swirls of the round gift tag nicely set off the white swirls of the round ornaments, and the tiny green design on the bulb matches the overall green of the paper.
The piece is held together by two gold ribbons that I threaded through the ornament and tried around the stems of the berries and pinecones. Again, taping it down may not be the most secure choice due to the weight of the bulb and berries.