Thursday 13 November 2008

Gift Wrap Ideas # 1: Cake Ribbon

For a modern luxe look, try wrapping your parcels with brown paper and paper cake-decorating ribbon!


The full-on bling of foil ribbons makes for a gorgeous contrast with matte brown parcel paper (or kraft paper and its subtle stripes). The result is simultaneously simple and highly detailed, clean and crisp but also recalling the decorative lace and doilie look that's been popping up everywhere this year.


Start off with a simple brown paper parcel - the neater and crisper you can make your corners the better and square packages work best (put your present in a box if necessary). Use wider ribbon for larger parcels in a simple strip, securing the ends with double sided tape for extra neatness:

Two pieces of narrower ribbon works great as a twist on the traditional ribbon-tied parcel and would be great for parcels sent through the post as there's nothing to get squished in transit:


You can't tie a standard tag to the paper ribbon, but you could tuck one under it or maybe just write your recipient's name directly onto the brown paper?

Smaller sections - any pieces left over from your parcel wrapping, for example - can be used to make tags and cards... I stuck three small strips to a luggage tag (I'm loving large tags this Christmas!) using double sided tape:


The end result will be a great addition to any parcel tied up with gold ribbon - be sure to stick your ribbon strips slightly off-centre and to cut a little more than you need, trimming it once it's stuck down to make sure the whole width of the tag is covered and your edges are super-neat.

I also used pieces of the wide silver ribbon to decorate some blank white cards, again sticking the ribbon off-centre using double-sided tape:


They're quick and simple to make and would make fantastic Christmas party invites...

More gift wrap ideas coming soon! :)

Update: several people have asked where you can buy this sort of ribbon - it's traditionally made for cakes so cake decorating supply shops are your best bet - it may be called paper lace or cake bands / cake banding.

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Anonymous said...

Perfect!!!! they look so beautifull!!!

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Knit Sew City Girl said...

What a great idea. You are so lucky to have such a lovely cake shop nearby. I'm currently trying to buy some pretty muffin cupcake cases and can't find any shops in London that sell them.


Anonymous said...

really great idea

Anonymous said...

Your packages look great! I looked for cake ribbon the last time I was in a store with baking supplies - couldn't find any. I'm so in love with this idea, I'm going to keep looking...

Karin said...

Great idea! I especially love the white card. Hmm, I wonder if I could get that kind of ribbon here in Sweden? I've never seen it in stores here... I'll have to have a look around.

tracychong said...

They are really beautiful! Thanks for sharing such lovely ideas!

Lisa said...

Love this idea!

Cat Queen Beanbaleen said...

If you are in the Omaha, NE area: try Mangelson's Craft Store for the cake ribbon. They had a huge selection when I was there this summer.

(I am in love with this craft store and wish they would get a website to allow online ordering now that I am in Las Vegas.)

bethtrue said...

Just gorgeous - what a great idea! Thank you for sharing! I could see tons of purposes for this cake-decorating ribbon; i'm wondering how inexpensive it is?

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks for the nice comments everyone! :)

Beth, the big fat silver ribbon was about 50p a metre and the skinny ones 20 or 25p a metre in my local cake shop.

Anonymous said...

hi! Has anyone found cake ribbon like this online? I am in the US, so not sure how much it would cost for you to ship to me from London or I would buy it on your site. Let me know, I love this idea for christmas presents this year. Thank you!

Bugs and Fishes said...

I sell the ribbon from my website now: - there's a handling charge of £2 per order to the US & all other charges can be seen on the shop pages :)

I also sell packs of it over in my Etsy shop:

Purnima@a creative project said...

Love it!!!! Featured this lovely idea and the pompom gift wrap idea. will be posted tomm. Hope you will like it!!