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October 6, 2010

Flat-Base Ribbon Tie | Tutorial

The oversized ribbon on this gift adds an elegant touch, and with this trick the box sits flat, not askew. Read on for a tutorial that shows you how to avoid a thick twist of ribbon at the base of your box!

We will simply be working with the two ends of your ribbon. To start, position the ribbon as shown, with 6-12 inches (15-30.5 cm) extending beyond the middle of the box.

Take care to keep the ribbon untwisted as you follow these 4 simple steps.






Hooray!!

I learned this technique from Wanda Wen's The Art of Gift Wrapping, a book so gorgeous that I parted with some of my hard-earned $108.29 to add it to my library. I wanted to make my own tutorial because I wished the original instructions included more visuals. Regardless, I would absolutely recommend Wanda's book as a resource. It is brimming with personality and fresh ideas!

Please let me know if there's anything I can clarify. And let us know if you give this a shot!

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6 comments:

  1. Oh Charissa, this is great! My boxes are always lop sided. Well, not anymore. Thanks so much for this clear tutorial. This is one of those things, I would have never known. Also, loved your color choices and stitching of the ornaments you made!
    Kathrin

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  2. woah! i never even thought about how annoying that twist is at the bottom when i do it. i'll definitely have to try this next time. thanks for the tutorial & the clear pictures!

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  3. I love this paper. This would have been perfect for gifts I gave to my dad when he was alive because he was a world traveler!

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  4. @annekata - Kathrin, it was a treat to make those ornaments. I was hooked from the time I saw your photos! Let me know if you give this tutorial a shot.

    @Shawna - You are welcome! Yes, when I first read the instructions, I didn't quite understand their usefulness. But when it came time to wrap this gift I got it. Very helpful in cases like these!

    @Laurie - Great to hear from you. I'm sorry to hear about your dad...I'm sure your gifts to him were special no matter how they were wrapped!

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  5. HOLY. CRAP.
    That is how you do that?!

    FLAT! On the BOTTOM! You have changed my world, Charissa. You better believe I'm debuting this technique on some unsuspecting "can I have a complimentary gift wrap" customer this week. Watch out Hallmark customer. Watch out.

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  6. @boatx2 - Knock 'em dead, girl! I'd love to hear how it goes.

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