When I think of Valentine's Day, the first word that comes to mind is sweet. It applies to actual sweets like chocolates and candy, feelings (sweet on you), and cute treat packaging. There is an infinite number of ways to wrap up Valentine treats but I thought I'd show you how to take those gorgeous patterned papers from the Fourteen collection that we all adore and turn them into wrapping paper. That sounds easy enough, right? But, I'll show you the way I learned to wrap like the pros do -- straight cuts, sharp creases, and seemingly seamless edges!
The great thing is that you don't need much for this, either...
A pencil, a paper trimmer, super sticky double-sided tape, a bone folder, and 12 x 12 patterned papers get you started.
Before we begin, I just want to mention that I'm using 12 x 12 heavy-weight scrapbook paper here, but the same steps apply when using lighter, traditional wrapping paper. The first thing you'll do is measure your paper for trimming. I'm wrapping up small boxes of chocolates so I can do two or three with one sheet of paper. If your packages are small enough, 12 x 12 paper is wonderful to use because you can trim it with your paper cutter to get a straight cut. If your gifts are larger, you can also achieve straight cuts by using a large cutting mat, straight edge (a sturdy T-square works best for me), and a kraft knife.
Let's get started! Bring one end of your paper over to meet the edge of your box as shown in the photo.
Then fold the long end over and mark where you'd like to make your cut; I like to bring it to the middle of the box. Trim.
Next, we'll plan the ends. You want the paper to reach about three-quarters of the way up the box. Make your mark and then trim again. Now we're ready to wrap.
Lay your box face down on the backside of your paper. For placement's sake, bring one end all the way over to the edge of the box, as you did previously when measuring for the cut. This will be your top layer.
Getting those sharp creases is easy with a bone folder. Simply hold it flat between your thumb and forefinger and run it up and down the length of the box, pressing firmly as you go.
**Tip: The heavy-weight scrapbook paper can be a little tougher to wrap with than regular wrapping paper. For this reason, you'll need to pinch the creases firmly with your bone folder and fingers as you move over the length of the box. You'll also want to do this a few more times than with normal paper.
You will then do the same with the bottom layer, which should now measure to the box center -- exactly where you want it. After you make your creases on this side, you're ready for tape.
An important rule when wrapping professionally is "No tape directly on the box!" Keeping this in mind, you will put your tape on the top layer -- remember it's the one that reaches to the edge of the box. Using double-sided adhesive ensures that "unsightly" tape is never seen on the outside of your beautiful gift! It's a good idea to use a very strong adhesive to get a solid stick. I used Super Tape for this and because my paper is heavy, I taped the entire length of it to be sure it doesn't ripple.
Bring your shorter side over to the middle and wrap your long side around it, pulling tight to the edge of the box. You can use your bone folder again to smooth it down. (It'll be fun for you to watch your recipient try and figure out how to open this gift!)
For the ends, keep your box upside down and fold down the top part of the paper, creasing the edge with the bone folder again. Fold in the sides and crease again, moving your bone folder into the corners to make it very tight.
Once you've made all of your folds, you can put your tape on the end flap.
Fold the end up and press firmly to adhere. You'll see that your end looks neat and tidy, meeting up nicely with the seams. Repeat with the opposite end and your package is complete!
So, now you have a box (or a few) that look crisp and professional but need to be dressed up. With a few accessories, you can achieve a sweet look for your boxes of sweets!
Sticking with the patterned paper theme, I found you can really step it up and make beautiful things with it. That's why we all love it so much, right? Using a mix of 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 papers in "Cupid" and "Connection", I wrapped up 4 packages and then used color and a heart theme to coordinate them. They don't all have to look exactly the same to accomplish a cohesive look.
I wrapped a doily, lace and aqua seam binding around the box to sweeten it up. then I tucked 4 hearts punched from pink chevron paper behind the trims to make a cute border. The final touch was a simply decorated white tag.
Another lace and ribbon wrap with more punched hearts...quick and easy! All that was left to add was the darling label sticker and a couple of vintage buttons.
For this package, I stitched vellum hearts to paper hearts and dropped some white sequins in between. And it's not hard to guess what might be inside from the "YUM!" spelled out in alpha stickers, is it?
The last box came together using more punched hearts and a piece of doily. I also wrapped a slip of scallop-edged vellum around the box for a soft touch. Carefully chosen snippets of "Valentine" and "February" 6 x 6 papers leave no question that this is a Valentine treat!
With a professional looking wrapping technique and some easy matching embellishments, your Valentine treats can also come together quickly (and affordably).