No matter how many children you have in the home or what their ages are, chances are that you have a great number of occasions to wrap gifts. More often than not, I’m guessing that busy schedules prevail and you do a quick job just to get the gift wrap on.
That said, I guarantee when a kid refuses to open their present because you did such an awesome job wrapping it, the extra (yes only 15) minutes you put in will make both of you extremely happy. Here’s a simple little guide for doing a mouth-dropping dino themed wrap. And you’ll also learn how to do a pretty awesome, double ribbon around a gift which is great for adults too.
1. Select your materials. If you keep doing fancy wraps, you’ll have a nice collection of wrapping paper, ribbons and other goodies like craft foam, buttons, flowers and much more. Makes everything a lot easier when you have a stock in your desk drawer rather than having to go to the store. Here, you can see the gift on the top, a dinosaur wrapping paper, a metallic wrapping paper which I decided not to use, two ribbons (red and green) and a number of craft foam sheet (I only ended up using green and blue). Eventually you’ll end up going with the flow but it’s still nice to have a strong starting point.
For the purpose of this post, we’ll refer to the ribbons as red and green but we all know there are many more colors in the world to use.
2. Wrap your gift. However you want. Keep it as neat as possible, but all the other little things you’re going to do will cover any mistakes you make.
3. Now it’s time to start using the ribbons. Take the red ribbon and wrap it around the front and tie your first knot in the back. Turn the gift over and tie the second knot in the front.
4. Here’s comes the second ribbon. This one, you’ll slide under the first ribbon on the front, and tie a knot on the back.
5. Now remember one thing: tape is your friend. You may not be able to see it here, but but both the ribbons are taped together and to the wrapping paper. It’s the only way to keep things neat and in place. So go ahead and tape away and tie a knot right next to the first red knot you made in the front.
6. Trim the ribbons to roughly the same length.
6. Now come some fun (aka tricky knots.). To make everything look nice, you’ll want to tie one red ribbon with a green ribbon and then do the same with the other two ribbons. You should get a nice tight knot like the one below.
7. To make the dinosaur you simply need a good image to trace (google and print one if you don’t have a craft book), craft foam and a black marker. To make the dino:
- Trace the image of the dinosaur onto scrap paper to make a pattern
- Trace around the pattern onto the green foam
- Hand cut the scales
- Glue the scales onto the body
- Use a black marker to add all the details like the legs, neck and face
8. Split and curl the ribbons using a scissor or ruler for good measure and that’s it! Here are a few other fun wrapping examples. If you have a displayable gift like the butterfly wand on the right, you can use that as an embellishment and save yourself some wrapping time!