Gift Wrapping Arsenal is a mini-series on the items I personally find essential for gift wrapping. As you'll see throughout my blog, there is an emphasis on versatility, thrift, and style! Click here for the full series!
My Auntie A.'s presents almost always come wrapped with fabric ribbon, as opposed to the shiny curling kind. Often it is a sheer, slightly shimmery variety. I noticed that fabric ribbons do a great job of making a present look special. It's fairly goof-proof as well. If you mess up, just untie and start over! Even better, the ribbon can be reused if the recipient is so inclined.
Pictured here is my mom, Auntie A., and me in my grandparents' garage. Auntie A. coordinated the flower arrangements at my cousin's wedding and you can see her special touch - sheer, coordinating ribbon around the centerpiece vases. Outerwear and blue sweatpants are courtesy my grandparents (it was cold in there!).
Around the same time I bought kraft paper to use as my only gift wrapping paper, I decided to take a similar approach with ribbon. What ribbon could I buy that would simplify my gift-wrapping process, while still looking pretty? I hunted down a 40% off coupon for Michael's and selected a ribbon that I thought could be used for all occasions. Inspired by Auntie A., I picked a sheer gold spool.
In retrospect, it would have been wiser to pick a higher-contrast color. When used with kraft paper, the brown color kind of camouflages the ribbon. Still, this little spool has still been most helpful, lending a festive touch to many presents over the last year!
As you might have inferred from the ironing comment in the last Wrap Story, I have also acquired a small stash of fabric ribbons from wrapped presents past.
While I would be amiss to dictate hard-and-fast "dos" and "don'ts" for gift wrapping, I must say that fabric ribbon is my preferred type of ribbon. Not that it's the only way to make a bow on your present! More on that to come.