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Baby’s Firsts Giftwrapping: Pompom Pretty

As discussed earlier, there are some interesting and creative ways to add some extra keepsakes when you wrap your Baby’s Firsts book. But sometimes wrapping needs to be done early, or the gift needs to be shipped elsewhere, and adding those extra things (while adorable) becomes impractical. Don’t worry— there are other ways to make your giftwrapping stand out!

Anyone who has done significant wrapping in the past knows that the most difficult part can be making those pesky knots look good. Try this simple and easy way to make the knot of your ribbon the highlight of your wrapping job!

Things you will need:

  1. A length of thick yarn ribbon
  2. Wrapping paper
  3. Tape

Time required: About ten minutes (less if you wrap quickly!)

Step One: Gather Your Materials!

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Make sure that your work space is relatively clear. Nothing ruins a perfect wrapping job faster than wrinkles or tears!

Step Two: Wrap Your Book!

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Usually a solid color works best with this kind of presentation. The ribbon is the real star of this wrapping job, so don’t let it be overshadowed by a busy pattern!

Step Three: Tie Your Ribbon!

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This is the part that will make or break the whole presentation. The object is to create a single, closed loop of ribbon that will just be able to fit. Remember the old adage: measure twice, cut once.

First, take about two feet of ribbon, but don’t cut it yet. Gather it into a single loop.

Next, stretch the bottom of the loop across one of the corners of the gift (with the closed end on the top side where you can’t see any tape).

Pull the rest of the ribbon to the opposite corner (if you started at the bottom-left, for instance, pull the ribbon toward the top-right) beneath the gift (so that you can’t see the length of ribbon from the top except for the loops on the corners).

Next, measure the ribbon so that you can match the length of the loop from the first quarter. It should look roughly symmetrical. Make sure that you leave an extra couple of inches to tie it off.

Now that you know exactly how much ribbon you’ll need, you can cut it.

Next, thread the ribbon through the loop on your pompom. It doesn’t particularly matter where you keep it at this point; just make sure that it’s far enough away from the ends for you to tie it appropriately.

Now (you’re almost done!), loop the first corner once more. Stretch the ribbon beneath it as you did before, but this time you’re going to tie it off when you finish looping the second, opposite corner.

Once it’s tied, drag the pompom back to the knot, so that it’s resting right over it, hiding it from sight.

If you’ve done it right, you should have something that looks like this:

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Feel free to cut some of the extra ribbon from the knot that isn’t hidden by the pompom. Other than that, you’re done!

So there you have it: yet another simple way to make your giftwrapping stand out!

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