You'll Be That Friend with Perfectly Wrapped Gifts This Year
The Greenbrier Assistant Director of Retail, Elaine Hollandsworth, has mastered the skill of wrapping presents .The secret to her gift wrap artistry: big beautiful bows—not narrow, twinelike ribbon. "For adults, you can use a gift bag or even a bag from a nice store and put a bow on top," says Hollandsworth. "Kids' gifts must be wrapped so they can bust them open." She chooses a new gift wrap color and pattern every year; last year was red and chartreuse. "This will pull all of your presents together under the tree with your own special signature," Hollandsworth says. Her no-fail gift? "An unexpected food treat like The Greenbrier's famous frozen peaches [$25, store.greenbrier.com]. These are really great treats in December!" she says.
Step 1: Start the Loop
Make the top half of your first figure eight bow while also leaving a bit of ribbon below the loop.
Step 2: Finish the Loop
Pick up the remaining length of ribbon, and make the bottom half of the figure eight loop.
Step 3: Continue Looping
Cinch the center of the loops with one hand. Keep alternating figure eight loops until you have at least four loops on each side.
Step 4: Cinch the Bow
Knot the bow in the center with a separate ribbon. If long enough, this ribbon can also be tied around the package.
Step 5: Trim the Tails
Secure onto the package, and cut the tails' edges into either sharp diagonals or inverted Vs. Center the bow; fluff the loops.