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 Andrea Brooks, of Andrea Brooks Interiors in El Dorado. Her playful presents have a punched-up palette that we just love. Now she’s giving you a step-by-step guide to recreating this look:
STEP ONE: “I wrapped the box in the strawberry-colored grass cloth just as I would a traditional package.”
STEP TWO: “I measured around the box and cut a 2-inch-wide strip of fabric to that length. I turned the long sides of the fabric in half an inch, to give it a finished edge. I wrapped the strip around the box and hot glued it to the box.”
STEP THREE: “Make your tissue paper flower: 1. Stack 6 to 8 pieces of tissue paper 2. Cut tissue paper to size – in halves or quarters, depending on the size of the flower you want. 3. Fold the paper – First fold should be one inch, then flip back and forth to make a fan all the way until the end. 4. Fold the accordioned strip in half. 5. Tie a piece of string or twist tie or staple in center of strip. 6. Cut rounded or pointed tips depending on shape you want the petals to have. 7. Separate tissue papers on one side, then the other. 8. Fluff and you’re done!”
Here’s what Andrea had to say about some all-important holiday preferences:
Bags or Wrapping Paper? Both
To Peek at Your Presents or Not? Truthfully, I would totally peek!
Favorite Christmas Carol: “Joy to the World”
Cocoa or Egg Nog? Egg Nog – Beginning December 1st!
Thanks, Andrea! See more images of Andrea’s gift wrapping in the article online, and stay tuned this week for more “wrap” sessions with our other design experts.
[photography: Rett Peek]