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Gift-wrapping techniques to take your holiday giving to the next level | Home & Garden



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Metallic is in this season. Polk shows us how to perfect the art of the traditional bow.


For a traditional, gorgeous bow, Polk says:

Step 1: Begin vertically on top of the package, allowing yourself enough extra ribbon for a loop and a tail. Secure the ribbon at center and wrap the ribbon down, all the way around the package, catching it with your thumb where you began at the top center.

Step 2: Then, wrap horizontally around the package, which essentially makes your ribbon intersection point flat on the package’s bottom. Draw your ribbon through, and make a loop with your right hand, securing with one finger.

Wrap your loose tail around the knot and feed it through the front of the knot, pulling until a bow forms. Adjust the loops (by pulling on the front of the loops) until they are your desired size. Tighten the bow by pulling on the underside of the loops.

Step 3: Finally, cut the tails at the desired length with a notch or a slant.

Polk also says adding a small token to the exterior of the box is a stunning way to set your gift apart, such as a petite box of candy, a live bloom or piece of greenery, a ringing bell or even a small ornament. Simply secure them to the bow using baker’s twine or taping under the bow.

However you choose to wrap your gift and whatever you choose to give, Polk emphasizes that it’s the perfect – and simplest – way to go the extra mile to show your loved one how much you care.

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