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Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

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Although the festive season is a little while off, now’s the time to treat yourself to a lesson from gift and card making specialist Jane Means. There’s no denying, some gifts are just harder to wrap than others — and one of those awkward shapes is the champagne or wine bottle.

Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

YOU WILL NEED:

Scotch Magic Tape, Wrapping paper, A boxed gift

In collaboration with Scotch gift-wrapping whiz Jane Means has put together a handy step-by-step tutorial to help us debunk those tricky wraps. Come Christmas-time, you’ll be grateful for your new-found abilities!

Cut your cellophane to the same size as your sheets of tissue paper. Lay flat onto a table
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

Add strips of Scotch Magic Tape to your cellophane in a pattern of your choice. Jane suggests making a star or stripes with the tape
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

Using a marker pen write a personalised message across the tape. If you make a mistake you can simply peel it off and start again
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

Turn the cellophane over so the personalised side is now against the table, and place a sheet of tissue paper on top
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

Position the bottle in the centre of the tissue paper
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

Cut a length of ribbon ready to be used as a bow at the top of the bottle and have this close to hand. Now for the wrapping itself. Start at the back of the bottle and pull both layers of cellophane and tissue paper up towards you, and hold in place at the back of the bottle in one hand
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

With your free hand pull up the next piece of cellophane and tissue paper to the right of the bottle. Fold it back to create a pleat next to the first piece of cellophane and hold in place with your hand around the bottle
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

Repeat until you have created a series of folded pleats halfway around the bottle. When you reach this point, switch hands so you are not crossing over yourself. Once you have finished pleating the wrap around your bottle, while keeping hold of the top, lay the bottle down on top of your ribbon and secure the wrap in place by making a bow around the neck of the bottle
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

To add an additional layer of decoration, cut your second sheet of contrasting coloured tissue paper in half. Grab the centre of the tissue paper and give it a good shake to form a posy. Repeat with both halves
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

Place one hand around the neck of the bottle to keep the gift wrap in place and with your free hand, loosen or remove the ribbon from the neck of the bottle
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

Using your free hand place the additional tissue paper posies inside the gift wrap you have already created on the left and right hand side of bottle neck. This will conceal the top of your gift and make a colourful addition to the gift wrap
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

Using your free hand, secure the tissue paper and cellophane in place by creating a bow around the neck of the bottle with your ribbon. And there you have your beautiful finished gift wrapped bottle!
Gift wrapping made easy with Jane Means

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