Invited to a friend’s or family member’s place for dinner? You’ll probably bring a bottle of wine, right? Well, forget leaving it in the store’s branded bag, or even plopping it into a gift bag — there’s a much better way to dress up this token of thanks.
For the next dinner party you attend — whether it’s for Thanksgiving or another occasion — turn that bottle of wine into a true hostess gift with some thoughtful, but easy, gift wrapping.
Below I give the instructions for one of the three options shown here (centre); they’re all self-explanatory, and you can create any design you like by using your favourite tapes. How complicated your pattern is, will determine how long the project takes.
SKILL LEVEL: Easy
TIME NEEDED: Approximately 5–15 minutes
SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES:
+ Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors
+ Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape
+ Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Yellow Gold Stars
+ Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Gold Solid
+ Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Zig Zag
+ Linen cardstock in Chili from The Japanese Paper Place, black and white striped gift wrap, and kraft paper
+ 1/2″ Helvetica stick-on letters and numbers in black from Staples
+ 1″ gold stick-on letters and numbers from Staples
+ Cutting mat
+ Craft knife
1. Cut the paper. Using a craft knife, ruler and cutting mat, cut the paper into a band. It should be long enough to wrap around the bottle of wine (allow about an inch of overlap), and high enough to cover the wine label.
2. Tape the paper around the bottle. Wrap the paper band around the wine bottle and secure in place with a strip of Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape so that the seam is at the front of the bottle. First securing your paper with the Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape before adding your decorative tape design, allows you to apply the Washi tape flat and tidy, and gives you the freedom to adjust the repositionable tape as desired.
For this design, I’ve used the seam as part of the design; for the other two designs, the seam is at the back.
3. Create your Washi tape design. Using your Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut a strip of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Yellow Gold Stars. Make it a little shorter than the height of your paper band, and cut the ends on an angle. Attach the tape over the paper seam. Next, cut a strip of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape, Gold Solid, the same length, but with opposite angles at the ends. Align and place it down next to your first strip of Washi tape.
For the kraft paper wrapping, I added three strips of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape all the way around the bottle: from top, Zig Zag, Yellow Gold Stars, then Gold Solid. For the black and white striped wrapping, I added two vertical strips of Scotch Expressions™ Washi Tape: Zig Zag and Gold Solid.
4. Add your message. Remove the adhesive letters from their backing and attach to the paper band. In this case, I chose to write “Thank You” in black letters. If you want your letters straight but have trouble aligning them, mark a guiding line with a pencil and ruler. Or, for a more casual look, handwrite your message.
For the black and white striped wrapping, I wrote “Cheers” in gold letters. I did not add a message to the kraft paper wrapping.
EXPERT TIP: Choose colours that coordinate with the cap and any neck band or other labelling that won’t be covered up by your wrapping.