Put the Fun Into Wrapping Presents

Use these festive wrapping techniques to liven up your holiday gifts.

Charles Walton IV / Styling: Alan Henderson

Sara Anderson
  1. Wrap boxes with interesting papers, using folded strips as ribbons. Place oversize paper stars and paper ornaments on boxes. (Find great looks at www.paper-source.com.) Crisscross ribbon on top of boxes instead of underneath.
  2. Cover a small box with paper. Tape ribbon around the center, and place a potted topiary inside. Top with moss.
  3. Wrap containers with green paper; tape in place. Attach a strip of red paper around the middle. Tie colorful cording in a simple knot in front. Fill with bunches of hypericum berries.
  4. Embellish books and journals with wrapping paper. Display holiday-hued reading material on shelves and coffee tables.