Gift wrapping for books: How to Gift Wrap A Book Paper Mart Blog

How to Gift Wrap A Book Paper Mart Blog

Books are one of those gifts that keep on giving. Whether you’re looking for a present for someone who just simply loves to read, or you need something for that person who has everything…you can’t go wrong with the endless options a book can offer. From hobbies to how-to’s, books are an excellent gift for anyone on your list. 

But, how do you spruce up the obvious look and feel of a wrapped book? Easy! Our how to gift wrap a book guide shows you what supplies you need and gives you all the steps to wrap a book that wows from the moment your lucky recipient spies their new treasure. 

Supplies Needed to Wrap a Book

Check out the supplies you should have on hand so you’re always ready to gift wrap a book that’s both beautiful and easy.

Step 1 – Wrap the Book in Tissue Paper

This is just a very quick step that adds to the overall feel of a fancily wrapped gift. A layer of tissue paper can serve as a bright pop of color (or it can be plain, no rules here!) and it also prevents you from accidentally damaging the book cover with tape.  

Step 2 – Place Book Face Down and Cut the Gift Wrap

Once you’ve selected the gift wrap you’ll use, be sure to cut enough to fully wrap the book. Lay the book face down (so the finished front side won’t have any seams) and fold the two long sides in to meet towards the middle. Run your finger along each fold to create a crisp seam at the edges.

Don’t worry too much about where the pieces will meet together – that part doesn’t have to be exactly in the middle. It’s perfectly fine for your seam to be closer to one edge or the other. The only important part is that you have enough paper to fully cover the book. 

Step 3 – Tape Inside Edges to the Tissue Paper

Tape the first side of the paper to the tissue paper liner to keep the paper securely in place. Fold the second side over, and when you have a snug fit, tape that side down too. Now we’re on to the ends of the book. 

The book ends can be the trickiest. Making sure you don’t rip the corners of the paper, fold one side of the paper-end diagonally into a triangle shape that meets the opposite corner of the book. Then do the same for the other side. You should be left with paper that ends to a point out from the book. 

Step 5 – Tape and Crease the Edges

Finally, simply fold that point into the book and tape it down. Do the same thing on the other end. Ideally, your points will meet right at your middle seam (but honestly, it doesn’t matter if they don’t – you’ll spruce the job up with your finishing touches next).

Step 6 – Add the Finishing Touches

Now for  the fun part! The decoration. Use any ribbon or bow you like. You can use complementary colors to match your paper, or you can choose striking accent colors for a real wow-factor. Tie a pretty ribbon around the book, create a nice bow and affix a gift tag or note. 

Get Book Wrapping Supplies at Paper Mart

Paper Mart’s huge selection of gift wrapping supplies and products make wrapping easy and best of all, impressive. Whether you’re wrapping a book or a bike, we’ve got you covered with everything you need. And trust us when we say, anyone can learn how to wrap books. Check out our gift wrap, tissue paper, tape, ribbons & bows so you’re always ready to wrap away!

Gift Options for Physical Items

Gift Options for Physical Items

You can send almost any item available on BN.com as a gift.

When sending a gift, the option to add a Gift Message and/or Gift Wrapping to the gift is available to you. 

Gift Wrapping

To add gift wrapping to an item, add the item to your Cart and go through the Checkout process.

When you get to the Order Summary page, scroll to the section labeled Items from Barnes and Noble, and click Yes next to “Make it a gift?” for any item(s) you wish to have gift wrapping. This option will only be available if the item is eligible for gift wrapping. Not all items will be able to be gift wrapped.

In the box that appears, click the check box next to “Gift Wrap this item for $4.99” to add gift wrapping to that item.   This must be done for each item that you want to have gift wrapped.

Gift Message

You can also add a Free Gift Message of up to 250 characters. You can also add a gift message to items that are not gift wrapped. For items that have been gift wrapped, the gift message will be printed on an attached gift tag. If the gift was not wrapped, the gift message will appear on the packing slip. Items that are gift wrapped but do not have a gift message will come with a blank gift tag attached. 

Gift messages cannot be added for magazine subscriptions that are sent as a gift. 

Some DVDs, CDs and Print On Demand Books may require extra processing time if gift-wrap is selected.

Click Apply to add your Gift Wrap and/or Message request, and complete the purchase of your order.

NOTE: The following items cannot be gift wrapped:

  •    •    Gift Cards and Gift Certificates
  •    •    NOOK Books and other NOOK digital content
  •    •    Barnes & Noble Memberships
  •    •    Magazine subscriptions
  •    •    SparkNotes
  •    •    Quamut Charts
  •    •    Audiobook MP3s
  •    •    Other PDF Files

Literary Wrapping Ideas for Every Type of Gift Giver

 

‘Tis the season to get crafty! The holiday season is the perfect time to get creative, whether it’s with decorating, baking, hand-making gifts, or even just hand-wrapping them with a new spin. For bookworms, it’s also a great time to show your love of the written word and do something with those books you are waiting to upcycle. Whether you are trying to add a subtle literary touch or go all-out for a specific series, we’ve got the perfect alternative wrapping ideas for you.

 

For the Simplest Bookworm

For those who aren’t craft-inclined, why not wrap your gifts in paper printed with bookish images? It’s a simple way to share your love of books, and it’s near impossible to mess it up if you aren’t the greatest with making things yourself.

Top gifts off with the usual festive bows and ribbons, and you’ve got a gorgeous (and bookish) gift with the bare minimum of effort. The Literary Gift Company has a wide selection of options, from bookshelves to black and white piles of books, to a fun print that reads “It Might Be a Book!”

 

Etsy also has (as always) some amazing options that also help you support small businesses this holiday season. We love these sheets of Alice in Wonderland print paper. Spoonflower is another great option, with options like this sheet of open novels or this amazing option covered in Shakespearean insults.

 

For A Little Extra on Top

If you already have the wrapping paper but want to add a little bookish twist to the gift, why not use bows, flowers, and toppers to make classic Christmas wrapping feel a little more bookish?

 

This post by craft blogger Older and Wisor includes a whole range of simple ways to use non-traditional paper to wrap and top gifts. We especially love her paper poinsettias and “firework” made out of newspaper. These are a fantastic idea to add a little bookish charm if you love the look… but can’t bear to cut an actual book into pieces.

 

If you want to go for a more traditional gift bow, you can buy this set from Manda Mo Designs that uses upcycled books to create bows and tags. Choose from either dictionary pages or Harry Potter, or skip the bows and pick up one of her gift bags made from book pages. Or, if you have some upcycle-worthy tomes at home, make your own with a tutorial from Dukes and Duchesses.

For a surprisingly simple yet striking hand-made bow, check out this tutorial from Blah to Ta Da – just draw a 2D bow onto a book page, cut it out, and add it to the gift for a cartoonishly cute wrapping idea.

 

For Knowing Whose Is Whose

Probably the easiest way to add a little bookishness to the pile under your tree with a minimum of effort. We love upcycled tags!

 

Another great idea from Older And Wisor uses letter templates instead of writing the recipient’s name on a tag – a fantastic idea unless you have multiple family members with the same initial! Cut out the initial on thin cardboard, and then paste a book page to the front, and ink the edges for a more distressed look. You can use this same technique with more traditionally shaped tags as well, or just cut the letters out of a page and glue it directly to the gift wrap.

 

For The Extra-Mile Fan

For those who want to go all-out, but don’t have the time (or talent) to start crafting elaborate decorations, there are some fantastic ways to put in extra effort – without having to put in too much effort!

This tutorial from Sophie At Home uses a single book page and a ribbon over traditional wrapping paper for an effect that is absolutely stunning – and looks much more difficult than it actually is. A similar idea from The Midnight Garden goes one step further, adding a page from a carefully chosen book, and a charm that matches the content.

If you are giving a book, there are even more options to make it special. The Paper Package has a great tutorial for those who want to make books an even better gift (we didn’t think that was possible!). Add a bookmark and bookplate for a little extra, and then top off the wrapping with a favorite quote from the book itself. Not great for those gifts that will be under the tree for a long time, but if you are giving something to be opened right away, this is a beautiful way to wrap a book.

 

For The Craft-Lover

For some craft-experts, all of the ideas so far might seem a little bit too easy – in which case, we’ve got a couple advanced crafter ideas for you!

 

Elizabeth Jones Designs shows us how to create a stunning wreath-design on top of a parcel, using rolled book pages. This is definitely one for those who love monochrome at Christmas, although it would work with other colors as well.

 

For something that looks incredibly luxurious, add gold foil to your gift wrap – not only does it look incredible (and expensive), but the gold will reflect the lights on the Christmas tree for a truly magical effect. This tutorial by Lia Griffith makes these beautiful feathers simple.

 

For The Superfan

Sometimes it’s not just books in general that make you merry and bright, but one particular author, novel, or series that is inspiration for the holiday season.

 

Harry Potter fans have a lot of options, but our favorite are these Owl Post gift boxes from Etsy. Each box comes with ‘shipping’ labels to allow you to choose your owl, and twine to tie it all together. Adorable!

 

Finally, what would Christmas be without a classic? For Austen fans, Artful Affirmations has a beautiful post on creating the perfect Christmas. We love these beautiful presents, created with the help of an ‘Austen’ font and a cameo stamp.

 

Happy Wrapping! 

Wrapping Books with Gift Wrap

Decorating with books has been one of my key design ingredients for years.  I LOVE old books!  There is something about them that gives a well designed room the sense of interest, eclecticism, character and depth.  No matter the room whether it be sleek and modern or shabby chic, books find their place in every design element.  With fall decorating coming onto the scene in my home, I thought it would be fun to start wrapping books in gift wrap for an easy fall look!  I found this gift wrap at Homegoods a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with the cheetah print!  I had no immediate plan for it’s use, other than to wrap a gift but I knew it would inspire me to do more and get a little creative.

We all have books in our home.  I love to shop Goodwill for the Reader’s Digest books that are typically 25 cents each or even free at times at yard sales.  The book spines and covers are beautiful in displays.  I have a confession…I’m a book sniffer, I SNIFF BOOKS! There, I admitted a little quirk about me.  My parents and siblings still laugh at how when I was a kid I used to sniff every page of the book as I was reading it.  Why??  Umm…because they smell good of course!!  Sometimes fresh, clean, and crisp like hot off the printing press. Other times more like dusty moth balls…hehe!  Thank goodness I got over my sniffing frenzy days because I wouldn’t be burying my nose in my goodwill bargains anymore…bleh! I got a little off track there, where were we?  Gift wrap and pretty books!  What happens when you combine pretty gift wrap with a book?  A fabulous coffee table book!

This was SO EASY and SO FUN to make.  Requires very little skill (trust me) and just a couple of minutes.  The first step is laying the book open and flat over a piece of gift wrap to get your dimensions to cut.

Draw a line along the book to mark the line you want to cut for an exact fit.

I then removed the book and used a ruler to make a straight line the full length of the book when opened.

Once the gift wrap was cut to size, I closed the book to gather the “extra” paper that will fold over to the inside of the book cover.  You need to fold the paper over the book cover edges when it’s closed and then tape the paper onto the book.

I used scrapbookers tape to run a line along the edge of the paper that will be adhered to the inside of the book cover.

Now fold the gift wrap over the book cover.  It doesn’t have to look perfect inside because no one sees that part!

Instant pretty decorator’s book!

As you can see, I didn’t attempt to cover the whole perimeter of the book cover because I wanted it to look more like a book sleeve.

I can’t get over how much I love these!!  Of course I started playing around with them in my decor…

Play around with how you display your books, bindings out or bindings in.  I love both looks!

Cheetah print + black sparkly pumpkins for fall…scrumptious!  I’m loving the gold, black, and bling!

The cheetah pattern against the white sideboard gives that pop of zing I need in this corner of my living room.

Do you like the pages showing?  I love options, so depending on my mood of the day, I may be full cheetah mode or just a hint of cheetah.  Think about how many gorgeous gift wraps are in stores today and what you can do with them to embellish your home!  My mind has been in overdrive on what I can wrap up in gift wrap next!

Easiest DIY from goodwill to GLAM!!

I’m working on some fall decorating in my home and these will be on the scene for sure! Thanks for stopping by and make sure you’re following me on Instagram as well where I share more of my home.

 

Shipping FAQs | Kepler’s Books

Q: Does Kepler’s offer tracking for online orders?
A: A tracking number can be requested at [email protected] Please provide your five-digit order number. 

Q: How do you calculate shipping costs?
A: Shipping costs are based on what Kepler’s is charged by our distributors and the mail carriers. The total shipping charge will automatically update based upon the number of books in your order. Any order of $150 or more will receive free Media Mail shipping.

Q: I am buying books for a friend/family member. Can I ship the books directly to them?
A: Yes, you can. The shipping address and the billing address do not need to match. As long as the billing address matches the credit card used for the purchase, the books can be shipped anywhere in the United States or to select U.S. territories. 

Q: Can my books be gift-wrapped?
A: Gift-wrapping is available for a fee of $1.50 per item being wrapped. All books in an order must be wrapped, but there is no minimum or maximum number of wrapped books. 

Q: What type of box should I expect my book(s) to arrive in?
A: Your book(s) will arrive in a brown package or box, depending on the number of titles ordered. The box will have the books and a packing slip inside.  

Q: Is my package insured?
A: Yes. All packages shipped by Kepler’s are insured by the mail carrier.

Q: How long will my book(s) take to arrive?
A: The amount of time it takes for your book(s) to arrive will depend on a few factors, including which distributor warehouse it is coming from and any delays in shipment from the mail carrier. The shipping times for standard media mail shipping is 7-10 business days. If it is longer, you will be notified when the order is processed. 
(Due to the situation with COVID-19, there have been delays with warehouse processing and shipping via USPS, UPS, and other delivery services. We apologize for the longer than usual shipping times). 

Q: I used expedited shipping, but my book has not arrived and it’s been several days later. Is something wrong?
A: Due to the current situation related to COVID-19, our distributor and USPS have been experiencing delays. Shipping times might be longer than normal.

Q: I only received a partial shipment of my books. What’s wrong?
A: This could be due to two common causes. 
One is that our distributor ships from a primary warehouse in Oregon and a secondary warehouse in Tennessee. Occasionally, books are only available in the Tennessee warehouse. If an order is partially shipped from each of the two separate warehouses, the books from Tennessee will take longer to arrive. Rest assured, all of your books are on their way!
Secondly, on occasion, books will be backordered at the distributor. This usually is due to a book going through a reprint. We do our best to communicate when a book is backordered, including an expected date of shipment, if provided by the publisher. If this is the case, the rest of the order will ship first, with the backordered title shipping separately when it becomes available.

Q: How do orders for author events work?
A: If you are unable to attend an event but would like a book signed by the author, Kepler’s is happy to get a book signed for you. Please indicate in the “ Order Comments” field whether you would like to book personalized to you. We will have the book signed for you at the event, and it will be shipped out in the following 1-2 business days. You will be provided with a tracking number at that time. If there are any restrictions concerning the signing (book limits, signatures only, etc), they will be communicated to you before your order is processed.

Q: Am I a Literary Circle Member?
A: The Literary Circle is an annual paid membership with Kepler’s Books. All members earn $10 toward their next purchase for every $100 spent on books, and receive invitations to annual member sales. There are additional benefits for higher levels of membership. Your membership number is your phone number associated with the membership. Online orders can be applied to the accruement of points. Please put your membership number in the appropriate field when placing an online order and your points will be added to your account.   

How to Wrap a Gift

  • A video showing a better way to wrap holiday gifts has gone viral.
  • The clever hack—wrap diagonally, not horizontally or vertically—is based in math.
  • Basic geometric principles explain how it works.

    Just in time for the holidays, the diagonal gift wrap hack has gone viral. It’s age-old wisdom in some circles—a graduate student even wrote a paper about the math of the perfect gift wrap in 2007, and it’s how Subway sandwich artists already wrap your lunch—but it seems like the internet is only now catching up. Exhibit A:

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    Wrapping presents is such a culturally agreed upon futile challenge that there are explainers and demonstration videos everywhere, which most people watch, enjoy, and then never emulate. Somehow, wrapping presents feels like art and math in the ways people fear most about both subjects.

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    But this method is super easy to learn and use—and appropriately nerdy, to boot.

    The secret to the economy of the diagonal wrap is that, for specific book-shaped things, it cuts way down on the redundant areas of paper and maximizes your coverage. I watched the video and planned an object size and paper size that match the conditions: a little too short in either direction when wrapping in a traditional squared-off way. In an example, I wrapped a flat, 4 × 5 “book” in a 7 × 9 sheet.

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    The green and pink dotted lines show where you fold over, and I’ve shaded the resulting flaps to show the sad leftover square we typically conceal with a separate piece you tape on as a patch. Bonus points if you make the patch from a scrap you should never have cut off your whole piece to begin with.

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    I wrapped a flat “book” with an area of 20 (4 × 5) in a sheet with an area of 63 ( 7 × 9). If somehow wrapping could be absolutely, perfectly efficient, I’d need a minimum of 40 to cover the flat rectangle with area 20. The wrapping sheet has enough to do this job with 23 square units leftover. Where are they going? I need a sheet that’s long enough in one direction to completely wrap around my item. For the 4 × 5 book, that means at least 8 in one direction or at least 10 in the other. An 8 × 8 or 10 × 6 sheet would be enough.

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    When you turn the paper 45 degrees, the same size sheet of paper suddenly looks huge. You’ve moved all the extra dead space in the corners so that now it forms the longest part of your sheet, which easily folds across and makes a comfortable overlap zone with the opposite flap. I turned my illustration just about 45 degrees exactly to make the demonstration easier, but you definitely don’t have to be that exact. This same spatial idea is how envelopes are made, and most envelopes are made of rounded rhombuses, not squares.


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    Again, the secret is how you’re wrapping all the way around the item. A diamond orientation means you’re folding over right triangles, with the longest side of each one, the hypotenuse, covering the entire edge of your item. If the tails of each end wrap all the way around your book and overlap even a little bit, your entire book is enclosed.

    Our effective wrapping length increased from 7 or 9 to over 11 inches for each diagonal. A folded “fortune teller” shows us how elegantly this can work when our piece of paper is square, forming a perfect juncture with no overlap.

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    If you insist, the most efficient squared-off way to wrap a book is to cut enough paper to wrap around it one way and trim the other edges short so you can carefully fold them together and tape them. This is how you use the least paper in this configuration, but it requires unnecessary amounts of finesse, more tape, and very neat edges on your cuts of paper.

    Most people cut the ends long and just fold them over around the back of the book, but that requires clever folding and looks messy despite it. Save some stress, paper, and tape and just turn your book 45 degrees.


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    Caroline Delbert is a writer, book editor, researcher, and avid reader.

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    6 Ways to Wrap a Gift with Furoshiki

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    What better way to celebrate the season of giving than with a beautifully hand-wrapped gift? When the wrapping on the outside is just as thoughtful as the gift on the inside, it’s easy to see why we’re skipping the gift wrap this year and going with an eco-friendly option. Furoshiki, both a style of gift wrapping and traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, dates back to the Nara period and was first used to protect valuable goods. Today, with the help of maker River Takada-Capel, we’re showing you six furoshiki techniques you can use this holiday season and beyond.

    River: My earliest memories of using furoshiki dates back to my mom, Kazuko, wrapping up my lunch in napkins instead of sending me to school with a brown paper bag lunch. Unwrapping my lunch was such a delight since I knew it was a gift from my mom and usually held a delicious sandwich inside. As I got older and traveled to Japan annually to visit my family, I took note of how culturally embedded gift giving is — never show up empty handed! Beautifully wrapped gifts can be found in every corner of the country. That chestnut roasting stand on the corner, it has carefully chosen ribbon to tie your bag of this delicious smelling treat. Every train station and department store is stocked with branded wrapping paper and gold stickers to make any last minute gift look special. Even bookstores wrap paper around the covers of books upon purchase so you can read your guilty pleasures on the train in secret.

    To this day I love a wrapped gift that might look like a handmade tote bag, reused brown paper grocery bag or a vintage scarf furoshiki. I even use furoshiki to wrap up things in my suitcase when I travel. That silk scarf I might wear on my trip? I’ll use it to wrap up my t-shirts. It doubles to keep my luggage organized while I hide my delicates from airport security. I hope you get inspired by this zero-waste gift wrapping tutorial, but I also hope this inspires you to use your beloved fabrics in everyday life.

    Getting Familiar with Furoshiki

    If you’re new to furokshiki, these helpful tips are a great place to start.

    1. Cut your fabric appropriately for your gift size. Not sure what size to use? Experiment with a bandana, napkin or muslin fabric to help you decide how much coverage you need.
    2. The weight of your fabric will influence how neat your ties and wraps will look. We used a wide range of fabrics in this post to give you a better idea. Celosia Velvet™ is great for a no-tie wrap held closed with a ribbon or bias tape. Chiffon is elegant, lightweight, and sheer — perfect to wrap a big, soft pillow.  
    3. Don’t have a box? Don’t worry about it! There are so many options to add personality to your gift that no one will notice it didn’t come in a box. We wrapped a ceramic mug with the lush Velvet for extra padding so no box or extra bubble wrap was necessary!
    4. Incorporate your wrap into your gift! Use a baby blanket to wrap a baby gift. Use a swatch to wrap a sweet pair of earrings. Use un-sewn fabric for your crafty friends’ gifts so they can make something out of it later- like a pillow!  

    You can accomplish a lot with just wrapping and tying. In these tutorials, we’ve incorporated some twisting to add handles and specific folds to get different wrapping styles. Don’t be shy about trying a few different methods to see what works for your gift and fabric. Ready to get wrapping?

    Part 1: Prepping Your Fabric for Furoshiki

    Before we get started wrapping our presents, we must first prep our fabric! Lucky for you, there are a few no-sew options if you’re in a hurry to wrap a last-minute gift. Measuring, pinning and ironing all have their respected places in sewing, but when I am trying to whip up a furoshiki wrap for a gift, I have a few shortcuts I like to take to save time. Watch the videos below to find out what they are.

    No-Sew Finishing Methods

    Celosia Velvet

    Cut off the selvage with pinking shears and square it off with ruler.

    Modern Jersey

    Cut off the selvage with fabric scissors, fold the fabric in half diagonally to make a triangle and then cut the remaining two sides.

    Chiffon

    Using an existing scarf or bandana (20″ x 20″) as a template, line up the template on a 45º angle. Cut two sides of your Chiffon fabric on the bias*. Once you’ve cut half of the fabric, fold it in half and cut the other two sides.

    *Cutting on the bias prevents the fabric from fraying.

    Hemmed Finishing Methods: Woven Fabrics

    Snip and Rip

    Make a 1’ snip with a sharp pair of fabric scissors close to the unprinted selvage on the grain of your fabric and then rip the unprinted selvage off. Finger press or press with an iron ½”, repeat and hem the edges with a straight stitch or zig-zag stitch.

    Half Triangle Block

    Using two different woven cotton fabrics, cut out two triangles of fabric — use your first triangle as a template to make the second triangle. Lay right sides together, pin the diagonal size and zig-zag stitch the diagonal side.

    For an optional french seam, place the fabric wrong sides together, pin the bias cut edge (diagonal side) and stitch together with a straight stitch using a ⅛”-¼” seam allowance. Open up the fabric so the print side is facing up. Finger press the hem to one side. Flip fabric over, fold the fabric on the bias, right sides facing each other and pin in place. Stitch your fabric in place with a seam allowance that is at least twice as large as your original hem. Now you have finished edges on both the front and back of your fabric!

    No-Sew Ribbon

    1. Bias Ribbon: Recommended for woven fabric, cut your remnant fabric on the bias to create a lovely, no-sew ribbon that can be reused for bias tape.
    2. Focusing on zero waste gift giving this season? Use the unprinted, white selvage from Spoonflower yardage as a ribbon! 

    Part 2: Furoshiki Techniques

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    Method 1: Traditional Tie

    1. With the fabric laying on the table print side down, place the pillow diagonally on top of the fabric. 
    2. Tuck in the edges and tie two ends together in the center  of the top of the fabric.

    Method 2: Side by Side Bow
    This method is a traditional bento box fold.

    1. Lay out your gift on the diagonal of your fabric, print side down.  
    2. Take two diagonal corners and start by tying them once toward one corner of your box.
    3. Take the remaining two corners and tie them together twice.
    4. Reach under the knot you just tied to take hold of the first tie you started with.  
    5. Tie once again, right next to the other knot, so they sit side-by-side on top of your gift.

    Pro tip: Tuck the corners of the excess fabric into the sides to make them look like little bows.


    Method 3: Corner Tie

    1. Place the fabric right side down and place the box on an angle to the corners of the fabric. 
    2. Fold one corner flap of fabric over your gift box or book.
    3. Fold the adjacent corner over your gift, folding and tucking the edge so it lines up neatly with the edge of your box.  You should be left with the remaining two corners of fabric laying flat.
    4. Fold the straight edge of your fabric down flat two-three times, depending on the size of your fabric. The folded edge should cover up the corner of your gift.
    5. Twist the remaining fabric back, away from the front of your gift until the loose corners meet up. Take time to adjust your fabric as you prepare the tie.
    6. Holding your two twisted corners, bring them together over the corner of the gift and tie a knot.
    7. Tuck the edges of the tie under the fabric folds to make it look nice and tidy.

    Method 4: Padded Wrap
    This method is great for wrapping bottles or vases.

    1. Place your bottle of choice in the center of your fabric square. Bring two non-adjacent corners together and tie once or twice to keep these corners out of the way while you work on the rest of the wrap.
    2. Twist the loose corners around the bottle toward the front of the bottle so you can bring them around and tie in a knot.  If you have extra fabric, wrap around your bottle twice and tie a small knot in the back. Now that we have the body secure we can move on to the handle.
    3. Working back to the top of the bottle where you tied the corners just once (re-tie if needed), twist the loose edges to make the handle. Twist the fabric, leaving two-three inches of the corner free to tie into the secure knot.

    Method 5: Bag Bundle
    This method is great for wrapping a bundle of fabric.

    1. Fold your fabric square into a triangle.
    2. Knot the two corners along the fold of your triangle.
    3. Open up your triangle so you are looking at the wrong side of the fabric.
    4. Place your fabric bundle in the middle and fold the knotted corners of your triangle over your gift item. These knotted corners will keep your fabric bundle or other gift from showing.
    5. Bring the remaining two corners together and tie them together twice to form a knot which becomes the handle of your bag.  Feel free to make your “handle” as long or as short as you like.

    Method 6: Basic Wrapping
    Used for wrapping a book or flat box, good for fat quarter sized pieces of fabric.

    1. Place your pinked Velvet on the table, print side down.
    2. Lay your book or other present down diagonally on top of your fabric.
    3. Wrap your present like a regular gift, tucking in corners. 
    4. Flip the gift so the folded edges are underneath and tie with a ribbon.

    Have an oddly shaped gift like a handmade coffee mug or bundle of similar items like a baby hat, leggings and shoes? Try out these techniques for even more inspiration.

    And that’s a wrap! For another alternative gift wrapping option, try out our gift box DIY.

    Share your wrapped gifts this season by tagging 
    @spoonflower and #spoonflower on Instagram. 


    About the Guest Author

    River Takada-Capel is a mixed media artist focusing in material re-use. She sources materials from deadstock warehouses, factories and flea markets to make a variety of products she sells online, at craft markets and independently owned stores. River also teaches textile based workshops like Indigo Dyeing, screen printing and sewing for all ages and levels. Listen to her interview on the Love to Sew Podcast all about teaching kids about sewing and find out when her next workshop is by signing up for her online newsletter. You can find River’s most up-to-date projects on her Instagram, where she also shares videos of her adorable cats.

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    How to wrap a book as a gift?

    Gift wrapping

    If you have already decided on the choice of a gift, the only thing left is to pack your present beautifully and effectively.What if the gift is a book? What kind of packaging will be up to you. Perhaps it will be completely transparent or matte, covering the title of the book, making it a surprise, or, conversely, emphasizing the content. There are a huge number of options for the original packaging of the book with gift paper.

    Materials Required

    For beautiful packaging you need paper, double-sided tape, all kinds of ribbons and accessories, scissors.You can use adhesive tape, glue, and a stapler to fix the package. But nevertheless, the most convenient will be double-sided tape, which is not only practical, but also leaves no residue, which is a great advantage when creating packaging for a printed edition. In addition, when working with it, you do not need scissors, since it easily breaks with your hands, which allows you to use it without any extra effort.

    Probably the most difficult thing is to choose a combination of ribbons and paper. If you have little experience in gift wrapping, you can see the combination of color and texture in the design of wallpaper, clothing, and various accessories.Paper, like ribbons, can vary in texture and color.

    A fashionable trend in designer packaging is the use of kraft paper or imitation of a newspaper.

    How to pack?

    A good idea for packaging a book is its subject matter.For example, your friend dreams of a trip. An atlas or a guide to one of the countries will be a good gift for him. Use geographic map to package your presentation. Wrap the book neatly and tie it with bright ribbon. A pocket compass can be glued on as an optional accessory.

    Addictive detective story can be presented in a tuxedo-like package. Black and White is the classic color combination.In this case, wrap the book in white silk paper for a shirt. With thicker velvet-like paper, create something that looks like a jacket or tailcoat. Two triangular parts will be able to imitate the sides of a jacket. A bright red ribbon folded in several layers will make an elegant bow. A book packaged in a 007 suit will look gorgeous.

    For aunt, mother, grandmother, a cookbook as a gift can be wrapped in the form of a nesting doll. For this, use 2 types of bright paper. For a sister, a volume of poetry can be crafted with lines written by great poets. After decorating the book with a beautiful ribbon, we will complete the design.

    Have you prepared several volumes of the classics of world literature as a present? You will need several types of paper according to the number of books in the gift. Use a design trick: it is better to use paper of the same color, but different tones and textures.

    This combination will go well in packaging. For general binder, packing tapes will be needed. A large assortment of ribbons is on sale: thin, wide, simple and complex, bright and neutral, in different colors and shades. So, the choice is made, and you can proceed directly to the creative process.

    Step by step instructions

    We cut out a rectangle from paper to the size of the book so that our gift is completely covered with paper, and a small part, equal to about 1 centimeter, remains on top.It is more convenient to do this using the gift copy itself, so you don’t even need a ruler. We put the book on the whole sheet, combine the edges and make a notch. We cut the paper measured along the width of the book to the full length necessary for wrapping from all sides.

    The free centimeter edge will be overlapped with double-sided tape. To do this, on one side of our workpiece, we glue a piece of adhesive tape at the very edge of the paper.The adhesive tape from the second side does not need to be peeled off immediately along the entire length, but only a small area must be freed from the protective film. After the pieces of paper are connected, pull on the strip that protects the second adhesive side of the tape.

    Before the final gluing, it is necessary to tighten the 2 sides of the paper well so that the paper tightly “hugs” the book, and there are no unnecessary folds. We consolidate the result obtained.

    Now that the books are wrapped in paper, it is the turn of the ribbons that will connect all the books into one whole.The combination of ribbons of different thickness, color, texture will look original. You can make them weave, it all depends on your desire and imagination. For weaving, it is enough to place several ribbons in the vertical and horizontal directions, laying them one under the other. We connect the tapes with adhesive tape, which will avoid the most difficult stage.

    Making a bow or knot is usually a problem for everyone and is rarely successful.Such a connection allows you to easily, quickly and, most importantly, very beautifully connect these tapes without tails.

    It remains to choose a suitable beautiful accessory and decorate our gift. For example, it can be an elegant bunch of flowers or a chic satin bow.Any small parts of the workpiece can be used. These can be beads or buttons of various sizes, ribbons and threads, knitted or paper parts. Using a collage of personal photos or notes with congratulations and wishes will give the gift an incredible effect.

    For information on how to pack a book as a gift, see the next video.

    Gift wrapping in bulk: gift wrapping to order under the application of a logo in St. Petersburg

    IPGifts offers to buy gift paper and packaging in bulk in St. Petersburg.Applying a corporate logo on it is a proven marketing technique for promoting a brand on the market.

    Branded gift wrap to order

    Spectacular packaging materials increase the value of the gift and will be remembered for a long time both by the addressee and by everyone present at the presentation. All of these potential buyers have extremely positive associations with the visualized brand. Now, meeting a product with its logo on the shelf of a sales area or on the website of an online store, they are more likely to make a choice in favor of it.Thus, the custom-made gift wrapping, along with the logo bag, helps to increase sales and brand awareness.

    Gift wrapping for souvenirs in St. Petersburg

    The catalog of our company includes:

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    How to wrap a book in wrapping paper – MOREREMONTA

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    How to beautifully pack a book as a gift: ideas and recommendations

    Friends’ birthdays often take us by surprise.How to come up with something interesting, original, and most importantly, also necessary in a short time? Friends’ hobbies usually serve as clues. Well, if they are fashionable and bright, then you can pick up gifts that are unique and memorable. What if your friend is a banal book lover?

    How to pack nicely?

    The world of books is beautiful and full of adventure, but the book as a gift looks a little rustic. A lot depends on the type of packaging you choose!

    Gift paper

    The first thing that comes to mind is holiday packaging , that is, the book can be wrapped in beautiful gift paper.It sounds prosaic again, but if you create a kind of mosaic from the same paper, you get a real masterpiece.

    To give originality, you will have to use not just one piece of paper, but consider variations that will either harmoniously complement each other, or, on the contrary, will make an unexpectedly pleasant contrast.

    We wrap the book in craft

    Gift wrapping (photo)

    To wrap a gift yourself you will need:

    1. Wrapping paper;
    2. Scotch tape or glue and / or stapler;
    3. Paper cutter or scissors;
    4. Ruler;
    5. Pencil or pen.

    In basket

    A clever trick can be used to fool boring expectations. Choose a medium sized basket and opaque wrapping paper. What could be in such a basket? That’s right, usually they put sweets or cosmetics in it! And you disguise your favorite detective or fantasy of the birthday boy under this familiar packaging.

    The bottom of the basket can be decorated in different ways: around the book pour small sweets , artificial or natural flowers, confetti.

    Box

    With your own hands, you can try to make a unique cardboard box and put a book in it. The box only needs to be pasted over with paper. When choosing a color, you should focus on the gender of the birthday person. For a man, it is better to use noble, restrained tones; a wider gamut is suitable for a woman – from delicate to bright shades.

    A shiny material, such as silk or velvet, can be fixed inside the box, and then the selected bestseller can be placed on it.It will be appropriate to tie the box itself with a thin ribbon, leaving the bow.

    We use tape

    The tape can be used as packaging on its own. Choose a wide satin ribbon and carefully wrap the entire book. So you will hide the author and the title of the book, and you will have to think about the gift for the birthday man, because not only printed publications have a rectangular shape. You can attach a bow or a flower to the cover. You will get a gentle and romantic image.

    Colored markers or pencils

    Imagine a package of colored pencils.Bring your friend back to a carefree childhood! Hide the adult print with brightly colored pencils. To do this, you need to choose cardboard according to the size of the publication, and the color in this case will be absolutely unimportant. Your task is to glue long pencils to this cardboard cover. The finishing touch can be a ribbon tied in a sloppy bow. Unusual, bright, joyful!

    Fabric

    The printed edition, wrapped in fabric, also looks quite original. Choose an interesting color for the fabric, give it a square shape.Place a book in the center of this square. Now you need to tie the ends of the square opposite each other, creating a drapery of symmetrical folds. The remaining tissue can be pulled into tight flagella and shaped as desired.

    Packaging decoration

    Smaller parts can be used. Ordinary packaging is diversified by beads or beads, large buttons of bright colors, sewn onto ribbons of thick fabric, or knitted elements. A special memory will be left by a collage of photographs fixed on a paper package.You can also attach handwritten inscriptions and wishes to it.

    Other packaging ideas (photo)

    Video instruction for packing the book

    As you can see, there are a lot of options to please and surprise your beloved philologists or simply connoisseurs of printed publications. Small miracles and unusual surprises are easy to create yourself!

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    Share with your friends

    If you have already decided on the choice of a gift, the only thing left is to pack your present beautifully and effectively.What if the gift is a book? What kind of packaging will be up to you. Perhaps it will be completely transparent or matte, covering the title of the book, making it a surprise, or, conversely, emphasizing the content. There are a huge number of options for the original packaging of the book with gift paper.

    Materials Required

    For beautiful packaging you need paper, double-sided tape, all kinds of ribbons and accessories, scissors.You can use adhesive tape, glue, and a stapler to fix the package. But nevertheless, the most convenient will be double-sided tape, which is not only practical, but also leaves no residue, which is a great advantage when creating packaging for a printed edition. In addition, when working with it, you do not need scissors, since it easily breaks with your hands, which allows you to use it without any extra effort.

    Probably the hardest part is choosing a combination of ribbons and paper. If you have little experience in gift wrapping, you can see the combination of color and texture in the design of wallpaper, clothing, and various accessories.Paper, like ribbons, can vary in texture and color.

    A fashionable trend in designer packaging is the use of kraft paper or imitation of a newspaper.

    How to pack?

    A good idea for packaging a book is its subject matter. For example, your friend dreams of a trip. An atlas or a guide to one of the countries will be a good gift for him. Use geographic map to package your presentation. Wrap the book neatly and tie it with bright ribbon.A pocket compass can be glued on as an optional accessory.

    Addictive detective story can be presented in a tuxedo-like package. Black and White is the classic color combination. In this case, wrap the book in white silk paper for a shirt. With thicker velvet-like paper, create something that looks like a jacket or tailcoat. Two triangular parts will be able to imitate the sides of a jacket. A bright red ribbon folded in several layers will make an elegant bow.A book packaged in a 007 suit will look gorgeous.

    For aunt, mother, grandmother, a cookbook as a gift can be wrapped in the form of a nesting doll. To do this, use 2 types of bright paper. For a sister, a volume of poetry can be crafted with lines written by great poets. After decorating the book with a beautiful ribbon, we will complete the design.

    Have you prepared several volumes of the classics of world literature as a present? You will need several types of paper according to the number of books in the gift.Use a design trick: it is better to use paper of the same color, but different tones and textures.

    This combination will go well in packaging. For general binder, packing tapes will be needed. A large assortment of ribbons is on sale: thin, wide, simple and complex, bright and neutral, in different colors and shades. So, the choice is made, and you can proceed directly to the creative process.

    Step by step instructions

    We cut out a rectangle from paper to the size of the book so that our gift is completely covered with paper, and a small part, equal to about 1 centimeter, remains on top.It is more convenient to do this using the gift copy itself, so you don’t even need a ruler. We put the book on the whole sheet, combine the edges and make a notch. We cut the paper measured along the width of the book to the full length necessary for wrapping from all sides.

    The free centimeter edge will be overlapped with double-sided tape. To do this, on one side of our workpiece, we glue a piece of adhesive tape at the very edge of the paper. The adhesive tape from the second side does not need to be peeled off immediately along the entire length, but only a small area must be freed from the protective film.After the pieces of paper are connected, pull on the strip that protects the second adhesive side of the tape.

    Before the final gluing, it is necessary to tighten the 2 sides of the paper well so that the paper tightly “hugs” the book, and there are no unnecessary folds. We consolidate the result obtained.

    Now that the books are wrapped in paper, it is the turn of the ribbons that will connect all the books into one whole. The combination of ribbons of different thickness, color, texture will look original.You can make them weave, it all depends on your desire and imagination. For weaving, it is enough to place several ribbons in the vertical and horizontal directions, laying them one under the other. We connect the tapes with adhesive tape, which will avoid the most difficult stage.

    Making a bow or knot usually causes difficulties for everyone and is rarely successful. Such a connection allows you to easily, quickly and, most importantly, very beautifully connect these tapes without tails.

    It remains to choose a suitable beautiful accessory and decorate our gift.For example, it can be an elegant bunch of flowers or a chic satin bow. Any small parts of the workpiece can be used. These can be beads or buttons of various sizes, ribbons and threads, knitted or paper parts. Using a collage of personal photos or notes with congratulations and wishes will give the gift an incredible effect.

    For information on how to pack a book as a gift, see the next video.

    The book is considered the standard of a gift, but like any gift, it requires an original presentation, that is, packaging.A lot depends on the type of book packaging you choose!

    Gift paper for books.
    The first thing that comes to mind is festive packaging, that is, the book can be wrapped in beautiful gift paper. It sounds prosaic again, but if you create a kind of mosaic from the same paper, you get a real masterpiece.
    To add originality, you will have to use not just one piece of paper, but consider variations that will either harmoniously complement each other, or, on the contrary, will make an unexpectedly pleasant contrast.

    But how to pack a book as a gift when there is no special holiday packaging at hand? In this case, you can limit yourself to using materials that can be found in every home. Creating an exclusive package for a book with your own hands is a simple process, the main thing is to be creative. At the same time, the original packaging can consist of several elements: a wrapper, an external decoration and an internal filler.

    Festive wrapper.
    Currently, there are an infinite number of original options for creating a unique wrapper.With a little imagination, you can avoid presenting the book in ordinary gift paper with a bow, which many of us have long been bored with. The following recommendations will tell you how to beautifully package a book.

    Packing in the form of a parcel post.
    Those who like to make surprises should definitely pay attention to the option of sending the book in the form of a parcel post. Such a present will surely cause the most pleasant impressions for the recipient. To create a masterpiece, ordinary brown wrapping paper is suitable, which is used by postal services to send parcels.You can wrap the package with a book with a twisted cord or strong thread made from natural materials. As for the rest of the decorative elements, everything here depends on the breadth of imagination.

    Cloth packaging for the book.
    An excellent idea for wrapping a gift in the form of a book can be not only the use of paper, but also the use of all kinds of fabrics. It is with this material that presents are most often wrapped in Eastern culture. Even in ancient times, oriental craftsmen designed valuable items in this way for their convenient transportation over long distances.How do I wrap a book with cloth? You can create attractive packaging using the old Japanese technique of furoshiki. To do this, use a small piece of fabric or old clothing material. According to the technique, the book must be wrapped in a square piece of material, tying the free edges with a knot at the top of the package. In this case, the most original appearance of a gift can be obtained thanks to cotton fabrics. Alternatively, you can use the sleeve of an old woolen sweater to make it look like a makeshift book cover.

    How to pack several books in cloth?
    If you need to donate two books, then it is better to use a beautiful scarf as a package. It is desirable that it be made of fabric that does not wrinkle. Such book packaging will require: two volumes of a printed edition with identical parameters; one thick square-shaped cloth shawl. For proper packaging, place the scarf on a flat surface with one of the corners towards you. The books are stacked in opposite corners of the scarf and then wrapped in cloth towards the center of the material.As a result, the components of the gift should be tightly pressed against each other in the very center of the scarf.

    Let’s consider another way. The loose corners of the fabric are released as much as possible. Further, one book is stacked on top of another, and the free ends of the material are tied on top in a knot. Thus, an attractive packaging for several books in the form of a small, handy bag can be made without any problem.

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