In the article “That’s a Wrap,” in our December issue, three leading designers offered gift wrapping inspiration and ideas. Now, we’re giving you the how-tos! PLUS, we’re asking these designers a few quick questions about their personal holiday style. First up is Shayla Copas, of Shayla Copas Interiors in Little Rock. Her glitzy and glamorous take on a traditional look is simply timeless. Now she’s giving you a step-by-step guide to recreating this look:
STEP ONE: “Place the gift on the paper and cut the paper large enough to wrap your gift. Quality wallcovering is thicker than wrapping paper, so you will need a glue gun to secure the paper, instead of tape.”
STEP TWO: “We used sheer drapery fabric for our bows. The rolls are 110” wide, so we cut it 5” wide and cut the length of the roll. We then made a bow and tied with floral wire leaving enough room to tie the wire onto the package.”
STEP THREE: “Cut another strip about 8” of the sheer fabric the length of the roll. Wrap around the package and then cross the fabric under the package and bring around the package to the top and tie and leave about 8” on each side so you can secure the bow to the package. Cut the remainder of the fabric so you only see the bow and tuck any stray strands of fabric. After tucking the strays your finished product will be about 3” to 4” in width. When using sheer fabric you will have stray threads on the sides. Always tuck them under to conceal.”
STEP FOUR: “Attach floral wire to ornaments and attach to package.”
STEP FIVE: “Finish off with fresh cedar to give your package an organic flair.”
Here’s what Shayla Had to say about some all-important holiday preferences:
Bags or wrapping paper? Ideally wrapping paper; however, I find myself continually gearing toward bags as I am so busy, especially during this time of year as we are in the midst of holiday decorating for clients. In fact, we start our first holiday décor clients in October…believe it or not!
To peek at Your Presents or Not? NOT!!! I LOVE a surprise and my husband genuinely loves to give and see the look on our faces Christmas morning. I’m so animated that he would for sure know I had peeked. Why ruin his fun??!!!
Cocoa or egg nog? Funny you ask, cocoa for SURE! I’m a chocolate addict, and I can’t get enough! My close friends ALL know that I will take hot chocolate over a latte, eggnog, or cider ANY DAY!! The Capital Hotel has the BEST hot chocolate in town, by the way.
Thanks, Shayla! See more images of Shayla’s gift wrapping in the article online, and stay tuned this week for one more “wrap” session with our third design expert.
[photography: Rett Peek]