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Wrapping Gifts

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How to put the tissue paper in a gift bag can be a mystery for many people.  It's not easy to make crumpled paper, even in pretty colors appear aesthetically pleasing.  It takes time and practice to get it quite right, and even then sometimes we don't like the way it looks.  There are a few different ways to make the tissue inside the gift bag look it's best, so that our gift bag will be the prettiest at the party.

The first way is with single color tissue.  Pick a color that will be attractive with the gift bag.  It can be a color that is in the gift bag.  It can be a color that blends well with the color of the gift bag.  It can be just plain white.  To put this into your gift bag, spread a single piece out flat, then fold it up from the middle.  If it's too big for your gift bag, you may have to fold it prior to doing this.  Make more of these tissue puffs until the gift is completely covered by tissue.

You can put more than one color tissue in the bag.  There are a couple of ways to do more than one color.  One is to make the tissue puffs like before in alternating colors.  The other is to lay down the first color, then lay another color diagonally on top of it.  You fold it up from the middle, just like before, but now you have one in two colors.

Another way to add tissue to a bag is to use shredded tissue.  This is probably the easiest because all you have to do is to stuff you gift bag with tissue.  You can either use a single color or multiple colors.  You can also make your own in your home shredder or with a pair of scissors if you like. 

No matter how you choose to wrap it, remember that it's what's inside that counts the most.  Your wrapping job doesn't have to be perfect.  The tissue will give way to delighted smiles as your gift is unwrapped and enjoyed.  The gift bag will probably live to see another day, and another gift.   The most important thing is to do the best you can, and even if you don't think it looks as good as it could, remember that nobody but you knows that it doesn't look like you planned it.

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