This simple yet effective gift wrap uses plain brown parcel paper and lengths of red and natural ric rac braid glued in bands around the gift


Give your Christmas wrapping added sparkle this year by following our easy step-by-step guide to get fantastic results. This striking homemade wrapping is beautiful finished off with a matching handstitched gift tag.


  • Sheet of brown parcel paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Lengths of red and natural-colored ric rac braid in both a narrow and wider width (enough to fit the size of your gift)
  • Hot glue gun (or all-purpose glue)



1. Using the brown paper, wrap your gift, making sure that the edges and corners are folded neatly into place. (Use the scissors to trim the paper at both ends so that they fold in at the sides of the parcel and don’t overlap the top or bottom.)


2. Cut lengths of ric rac to fit around the whole present, allowing an extra ½in (1cm) for overlap. Glue the ric rac to the back of the gift: start with a band of narrow ric rac, then two bands of wider ric rac, and then another narrow band, with each band spaced approximately 5⁄8in (15mm) apart. You may find it easier to do this with a glue gun if you have one. Repeat on the opposite side of the gift.


3. Next cut two lengths of narrow, natural-colored ric rac, lay them at right angles to the first bands of ric rac, and tuck them under one of the bands. Glue the two lengths of ric rac to the back of the parcel, as before, using strong glue or a hot glue gun if you prefer.


4. Write the name of the lucky recipient on the handstitched gift label and tie the label with a knot or bow to one of the rows of ric rac.


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