Midday Fix: Gift wrapping tips from expert Sheryl Oberman

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Sheryl’s Tips:

If you run out of paper and you’ve accidentally left part of your box showing, don’t worry!  You don’t have to start all over again with new paper.  You can create a belly band out of extra strips of paper that contrast the main paper you’ve used.  Measure out a piece of paper that will cover the bare area of the box and fold over the edges so the ends are neat.  Then wrap it around the entire box and secure with tape.

Add some flair to a gift by giving it some personality.  Instead of topping it off with a bow, give the package a unique look by using colored Expressions Tapes.  You can create stripes, patterns or even festive holiday images such as a present or a Christmas tree.  It’s even a fun way to get kids involved in the gift-wrapping process!

Create a gift tag that’s out of the box and will make the receiver of the gift jump for joy.  You can cut out a design, such as a snowman, wreath or snowflake, from a holiday card you’ve received last year and repurpose it as a tag on the gift.  Then punch a hole in the top of the shape and attach it to your gift with a ribbon.

When you’re wrapping an odd-shaped gift, don’t be overwhelmed! You can ditch the gift bag and wrap it beautifully with paper to disguise what’s inside.  Work with the shape of the item to create an eye-pleasing wrap.

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