DIY Project: Pintuck Plaid Gift Wrap

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This simple folding technique makes a classy and clean gift wrap from plain old paper! To be honest, I don’t always have the perfectly patterned wrapping paper on hand, but even craft or tissue paper looks sophisticated with rows of tiny folds. Repeating the pintuck folds at right angles creates a plaid pattern – perfect for the upcoming holidays! –Natalie

The full how-to continues after the jump!

-paper – light to medium weight tissue, craft, or rice paper scissors
-optional: lining paper for translucent papers self-healing mat or c-thru ruler
ribbons, baubles, and all those good wrapping extras

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1. If the wrapping paper you’ve chosen is lightweight enough to be translucent, first wrap your gift in a lining paper. This can be a matching or contrasting color – I’ve chosen shades of gold and apricot.

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2. Cut your wrapping paper about twice as large as necessary for the size of the gift. Staying square to the edges, use the tips of your fingers to pinch a narrow fold halfway down the paper. Crease this across the width of the paper. Continue making a few more pintuck folds at intervals, using the grid of a self-healing mat or a ruler to stay square.

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3. Heat the iron on low and turn off the steam. Briefly press the folds with the iron to crisp them up.

4. Repeat the pintuck folds in the opposite direction, at right angles to the first set. Feel free to play with the spacing between folds. Press again. Wrap your gift as usual with the completed pintuck plaid paper.

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  1. Leslie says:

    I love it! So simple, but looks so special!

  2. Cindy G says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. Who needs wrapping paper when you can make something so gorgeous in such a simple way. Thanks for the lesson!

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  4. mahasitha says:

    Thank you for advise. Looks amazing.

  5. davida j. says:

    absolutely wonderful ! as someone who usually wraps in brown craft paper embellished with calligraphy, it’s a classy alternative. thanks !

  6. Lois Evans says:

    I found my wrapping for Christmas……simply special!

    Thank you,

  7. Meryem .A says:

    Outstanding !

  8. Veronica says:

    Stunning in its simplicity!

  9. Ann Martin says:

    Wow, what a stunning way to elevate ordinary tissue paper – thanks!


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