Wrap It Up: Gift Wrapping for All Occasions

First Republic Bank
December 7, 2020

Watch to learn how to gift wrap with award-winning paper artist Linda Mihara. Learn the secrets of masterful gift wrapping so you can style your perfect present.

Read below for a full transcript of the conversation.

Kellie Abreu - Good afternoon and good evening. My name is Kellie Abreu Regional Managing Director and Deputy Chief Banking Officer with First Republic Bank. Thank you all for joining us at our gift wrapping for all occasions. Today I have the pleasure of introducing our guest, Linda Tomoko Mihara. Linda is an award-winning designer of complex art origami. She was awarded the 2009 Innovation Award, an Asian Pacific American Heritage Award for her creative designs and paper sculpting works. She owns and manages the Paper Tree, a San Francisco legacy business which is celebrating its 52nd year. Her designs and work have been featured in commercials for various companies, including Chanel and Disney. In addition to commercial project, Linda volunteers her time to give back to the community by donating her art to fundraisers. Before we start a quick housekeeping note you are welcome to submit your questions during the demonstration. To submit a question please use the Q&A icon at the bottom of the screen. We'll try to answer as many questions as possible during this live demonstration. With that, I welcome Linda Mihara. Over to you, Linda.

Linda Mihara - Thank you so much Kellie and thank you... Welcome everybody to Paper Tree. Thank you so much for having me in your homes and I want to thank First Republic Bank for hosting this event. First Republic is a great institution that does a lot of community work as well and it's just something that I stand behind and what we stand behind here in Paper Tree. So welcome and we're going to have a lot of fun. I'm going to teach you how to fold, not fold, how to wrap well, which will actually require some folding and you can wrap anything and we're going to get started with some basics for wrapping your gifts. So what we're going to do is first start with a basic shirt box. So, most people get the shirt box sometimes it's collapsed, flattened like this and you have to pop it open and then go ahead and wrap it. So, I want to start with the basics on this. What you want to do is, take your box and it's important when you open it up, is to put a piece of tape on these corners so that it doesn't collapse on you. This is a real helpful tip because otherwise it will just collapse and then it's a big struggle when you try to put the lid on. So I'm taping the four flats here. I'm also going to show you how to properly put some tissue in the box as a nice presentation practice. So here's one part and then let me do the lid. So again, helpful to have some tape also some sharp scissors. It's great also, if you have like a small flat knife which helps with the speedy cutting of your paper. Okay, so now that I have those corners all full taped we're going to go ahead and play oh, we're going to do the tissue.

So here's the bottom, when you take your tissue and a great way to fit it into the box, is most tissues are a little bit wider than the box. So you want to place it over the box and from the middle point, you're just going to grasp the tissue and make a pleat and keep pleating it until you see that the edges line up with inside the edges of the box and go ahead and push it down. This is how you properly fit tissue into your box and then go ahead and put your gift item in here and then close it up, like so, and then put your lid on to the box, like this. Most wrapping papers, come in a roll that's about two feet wide and it's makes it really easy to also measure a box that's about this size which you want to do, and it's measuring the paper is one thing and it's a real easy way to do it. What you want to do is you have your roll of paper and obviously it's not going to wrap this way, it's going to wrap lengthwise here. So it's a matter of how far do you go and how do you put the paper? What I do is if you take your box and you bring it over to the edge, the beginning edge here and you want to move the box over so that this flap comes up just past, halfway up from the bottom. So I am measuring it out here and it's a good idea to put just a little crease of the box. You'll hear me say hug the box a lot, because that's the key to making the paper fit the box really nicely. So we're actually bringing the paper up and hugging the box and making a little crease here. So now we're going to take it and roll it over. So that was one, this is two, this is three.

And then now four you bring this up and you want to bring it up about just past halfway like you did at the beginning. Just make a little pinch crease like this, with the box of side. With that pinch in mind, you're going to go ahead and full right along that pinch. And you want to use the top and the bottom edge if you line that up you'll have a nice straight cut going across. So here's my pinch fold, so I'm going to go ahead and I have my top and bottom lined up and make a nice crease like this, and then I'm going to use a knife. You can use scissors if you want and open it up and go this way but when you do that, sometimes the scissors if they're not a hundred percent sharp we get a lot of shredding that happens. So it's good to have a nice small flat knife like this. Slide it underneath and what you want to do is you want to risk kind of as you push this down through the paper you want to let the knife ride along the table. So you have a nice even cut like that, super, super effortless it's great. Go ahead and put your papers side and now we have art. We have to measure the width of the paper. So that's the length measured. So the width, we're going to do the same rule about bringing it up just past halfway point. So if you reach on the side and bring it up, comes up just past halfway of the paper, make that crease. And then now the other side bring that up just past halfway. And you want to pull it back and make your crease, that little pinch crease like we did on the other cut. Put the box aside, take your paper. Remember the pinch mark, line up your edges, your straight edges here, make it crease. Take your knife or your scissors, and go ahead and slide it through, and having it rest and ride along the surface of the table.

And save this paper for the end, because we can turn this into a gift enclosure card at the end and it matches your gift wrap, which is great. So now that we have our paper properly cut. We're going to go ahead and take the box. And go ahead and center it, take one edge and bring it up about halfway here. And then on the far edge, you want to just, as a finish, you just want to take the edge and just kind of give it a little bit of a fold like this. Just makes it a nice clean edge. Some papers will have that little kind of jagged edge that they've used a pinking shear to cut it, and it's all jaggedy. This also solves that problem, by just folding it over so you don't have to trim it, you can trim it if you want but, easy solution is to just go ahead and fold it and then it's fine. So now that we have this, we have our box center. This comes up halfway. The key here is putting a piece of tape to hold this end down. Just a little piece of tape like this. Then you can really hug the box. So we're taking this, I'm going to make a crease, along this edge here. So that kind of locks it in place so it's not going to move around on you. Bring your other edge up, like this, and secure it with some tape.

Patty Grodner- Linda, we have a question. Why do you bring up halfway on both edges, versus just bringing up one full side?

Linda - If you bring it up one full side, you'll have a lot of excess paper that makes it difficult to make it in a nice smooth, it pretty much wastes some paper. So the easiest way to do it and then make it look really nice is to just bring it up just past halfway. You'll have plenty of paper to do what you need to do, and not anything more. So hopefully that helps.

Patty - Thank you.

Linda - Okay, so now that we have this in place, take and go around and just kind of make your crease just kind of hug the box and crease the edges all the way around. And now, we're going to do the close-up so that you can see how we finished the outside edges. We have our closed end facing up here, so this is the first edge actually. We want to keep that in mind, have that facing up. We're going to hug the box so we will want to take in this case, I'm going to go hug the box and bring the paper in. I'll do one side at a time. So I hug the box her and when you reach the bottom here, that's when you fold the flap. So that you have this nicely covered and you fold this, bring the paper up and fold this. So now that you have two flaps like this. Now on the other side, we're going to hug the box, bring the paper around and reach down to the... Make sure it's flat all the way down to the corner here and then go ahead and make your fold. And then the same goes on the top. We're going to go ahead and fold. So it should look like this. Now we're going to take the flap that has this scene here. Then we're going to hug the box so bring it around and hug the box, and as you do that, go ahead and make your crease. Like this nice and clean.

And then for the bottom, we want to finish it too and do in a single fold, just a little bit like this. So when I was... It just makes it a nice, clean... See, so you don't have any excess either. It just makes it nice and finished and go ahead and tape. Since this is wider, I'm going to use two pieces of tape, one on either side. This paper I'm using is glossy paper, so the transparent shiny tape works well, and it just kind of disappears. If you've got a matte finished paper, you want to use the frosted tape and then that disappears in that. There's also something called gift wrap tape that works well too. So now we're going to finish the other end, so we're going to rotate. And we're going to hug the box from the side. So let's do one side here, hug the box, push down and fold, hug the box, pull up and fold that, the same for the other side, hug the box, bring it down, fold that, hug the box, fold the top flap. Now we're going to take this, fold it down, make your crease, and then finish this bottom edge here by folding it in just a little bit. Just like this, and finished with tape.

Bring that up, take this side. You can also use double stick tape if you didn't want to have any tape showing, that works really well too, to have a nice finish. So now that we have this wrapped. I just go around, make all your corners sharp, turn it over. Here, you have a nice wrapped shirt box in this case. So now we're going to do a simple bow. Bows are really really easy. I'm going to show you two different kinds of bows. The one bow that is your traditional bow, there's two ways to do that. And I'm going to show you both. So when you have your ribbon, you're going to take this in and leave about, let's see if you imagine a bow, I want my bow to be about like this big in the middle of the package. So, from that point, put that in the center. You want to bring your paper or your ribbon around. I'm an origami artist so I'll tend to use paper instead of wrap and ribbon. So I apologize for that in advance. So you bring it around. you're still holding the first end with one of your hand. And then take the paper of the ribbon and make a right turn. This is more than enough here, bring it around. I do it this way, so that it prevents a dimple from the bottom. Some people wrap it from the bottom, twist it around and then bring it around. But that leaves a real kind of like a dimple or not in here, which I don't like. So this way it makes it nice and smooth on the bottom. So then now you bring it so that it matches the length of the first and then cut. I always like to cut my ribbons at an angle because it just gives an automatic finish, so you don't have to worry about shaping it at the end, take the last end here and bring it straight through the front, the opposite side, like I'm doing. And go ahead and knot. When you do this, you can pull it really tight and it takes out all the slack for you. There's no additional adjustment that's needed, but this is a real easy way to just get that ribbon right around the box like this. So now, as you look at the box, you've got usually one ribbon that aims down like this, and one that comes up at an angle.

So I'm going to do this upside down. So this is how you would be seeing it as you do this. So you're going to take the one on the bottom and bring it over to the opposite side and make half of the ball, take the one on the top, fold it over, and then bring it in on the other side, like your bow, normal traditional bow. Let's tighten this thing up. So that makes a nice centered bow. You can kind of pop it open. Like that. So that's your simple, simple bow. Another cool way to do it is, once you got this point, you can go and do one loop on one side, one on the other, and then go ahead and tie your bow, just tuck one under the other. And that's also a nice way to get a bow. So you do two loops and then knot that through and you're done. That's great. That's your basic bow. So let's say you want to go ahead and make your own, what I call a Pom-Pom Bow this is super easy to do. So I'm going to put this aside here and we're going take some more ribbon. Let's take the same ribbon that we were using over there. And it's a... You'll need scissors for this, and you're going to... so you want to take your ribbon. I want to make my bow about the width of my hand when my fingers are spread out like this. So I take the ribbon, hold it like that and wrap it around your hand. I do about five or six times. I'm going to go ahead and do it six times. So that's two, three, four, five and six. So when you complete that loop, you want to go past the end from the very beginning here.

So you want to go past that. So now we have this. Take the ribbon and fold it in half like this, we're going to fold this in half again. Let's do it so that this loose end is on the outside. So go ahead and fold that in half, like this. Take your scissors and on the folded end, we want to make two diagonal cuts, leaving the center third uncut and the angle goes from here out. So we're just cutting a little corner. There. And match it on the other side. Yay confetti. Like this. So it should be about a third of the way. That's a third, that's a third, that's a third. Take some thin ribbon. You can use curling ribbon or thinner ribbon, or if you only have the ribbon that you were using, fold that ribbon in half so that it's more narrow. Take your thin ribbon, open this up and go ahead and cut a length. Go ahead and knot that. Just have to do one knot that's all you need to do. Let's go ahead and take our box. We're going to untie this bow, because that's not the bow we're going to use. The part of the bow that has the loose end that goes face down like this. Have it at an angle like this, tuck your spin ends in, this one goes this way this one goes this way and then tie. Now we're going to open the bow. So you have your layers. You want to take each layer and separate it from the bunch and twist. So we're going to twist up. We're going to twist two different directions. So the first one we're twisting up, take the next layer, peel it away from the group and then twist down. Take the next layer, peel it away from the group. Twist up, take the next layer, separate from the group and twist down. So you're grabbing where the loop is and then manipulating it that way. So we've got another one separated out, twist it up. And then this last one can just rest as it is like that. So on the other side, we're doing the same thing. I love making bows, they're really great. Because it's really a lot fun. Separate it out, twist up, separate it out, twist down-

Patty - Are you using a wired ribbon?

Linda - This is a metallic ribbon. It has kind of... It's not wired, but it does have a lot of firmness to it because of the foil and separate and twist down, separate and twist up. Shape your bow. You can trim these ends here. Like this. And you see this ribbon that I have is double sided, which is great. I find that any metallic, if you have a roll of gold or silver, that pretty much takes care of everything that you have every kind of paper as a decorative finish. So you don't have to get a million different kinds of ribbon. So that is how you do your classic Pom-Pom bow with your package. Pretty easy. So now we're going to try to fold... Wrap, excuse me again, another pom pom. One of the biggest gifts that people give year-round is bottle of wine. So how do you wrap a bottle of wine? A couple of ways to do that. Usually people can get a wine bag and put it in a wine bag, but let's wrap it. Let's do something really creative like this. Which is really easy to do, real fan that ends up on top. You have your bow, great presentation and something a little bit different and shows that you took a little bit more effort to give them this gift. So we're going to take a piece of paper, we're going to use... And this is super, super easy as we do our measurements on this.

We have our bottle of wine. And so that you can see how we're measuring this. So you take the bottle of wine and that same rule about having the in come up just past halfway applies for the bottom of this too. So we're going to scoop the bottle down and let's see it's right about here. It comes up so that's my start measurement. Once you have this, then all this paper we're going to use for the fan part of it, which is great. So, take this and it's a good idea to take a piece of tape and just kind of... So that it holds it in place. And go ahead and roll your wine. So when you don't see the wine anymore, when it's covered, right here, is where you want to make the cut. So you just have a little bit of overlap. So I'm going to go ahead and make that pinch... The pinch bow, this case I'm just going to do it right here. I'm going to move the bottle because we had taped it on there. Go ahead and fold it and make sure that your edges are lined up, so you have a nice vertical cut. Actually, you know what? I am going to release this for just a second, because I think it's going to be just easier. We already have our measurement. I'm going to take my knife and make a cut and again, make sure that you're riding along the table. So you don't have a cut that's kind of not straight. So now we have our paper. Let's get Mr. Wine back here. We measure out our distance here. And let's put a little piece of tape, put it on the glass part here, not the label part, roll it around. And again, we want to finish this edge here.

So we're going to go ahead and make a little pleat, a little fold all the way up the entire length. We're going to round and let's secure it with some tape. And now on the edge, the seam edge, I'll call this the seam edge. You want to start with that, so you want to push that down And you want to roll. And then this next flap, if you pinch it flap first, it's easier for you to fold it down, like this, pinch the flap, hold it down. Pinch the flap, hold it down and then this final one, it should end like this, like a point. So then this just comes down and then go ahead and secure it with some tape and let's stand it up on the end. Now, you've got the seam facing you. And again, I'm doing this the way you would see it. So having the seam facing you and you want to go ahead and just flatten this whole top part right here. Okay, so the top of my wine is right here. So you want to just go ahead and flatten it, so now we're just going to do like an accordion. We're going to fold it back and forth. And the way I start is, you start from the top of the wine. We're just going to make one-fold going this way and then another fold going this way. The fold is about an inch wide okay? And you just keep folding it back and forth, back and forth and you can just keep pleating and then you get to the end. So the end on this is where the seam is. So what I do is I take it and just kind of tuck it underneath because I don't like to see that loosen.

So you have a nice finish here. You're going to take some ribbon, actually what we're going to do, let's close the fan first. So now you're going to take this and you're just going to take from the top. You're just going to fold this in half like this and bring the edges together, like that. So if you bring that top layer together, now we're going to go ahead and put some tape. This is so much fun. Take the tape and just kind of tape this top part here. And then also, we're not going to tape the bottom we want to just tape the top because we need this slot for the ribbon. So now that we have that in place, lets grab some ribbon. And we're going to feed it through, right here, we're going to bring it down the bottom, like this, back up to the front, let's measure out some about the same length and tie your bow. I like the bow to be right below the fan. I think it looks real nice there. So here again is the bow. Here's my bottom. The top one comes over and through the middle and you've got your bow. You can secure it with some tape here if you want, which I will do.

And, there is your finished wine bottle, isn’t that cool? Great. And so it doesn't really... You don't have to worry about cutting the length like I was showing you. You can just use the entire length and just pleat, pleat and then you have your nice fan like that, which is great. So another round cylindrical gift that you might be giving would be maybe coffee, can of nuts, whatever, but it's a round can of something. And so there's a really cool way to make this look special, which is making a rose on the top, as opposed to the fan. So this is a super easy thing to do and it's great if you have some tissue to use for this. So we're going to take some colored tissue, I'm going to use red in this case and get about, at least two sheets is good, multiple sheets, so it gives you a little bit of coverage. So, I've got two sheets here and we're going to measure this out and it's really easy you're not going to have to trim anything. You're just going to basically make the fold over so that you have the right length. Again, we're going to take it to the end and bring the edge up just past halfway to kind of mark that. And you're going to, turn it this way and this way. So this is about how much paper you're going to need for the rows and it's here. So here's my pinch mark, so I'm going to go ahead and fold this one, like that. Great. And then now, we're going to go ahead and actually we need to flip this over, so that the seam is on the outside and then roll up your can. So we're going to position it on the end here. Again, it'll help if you put a little piece of tissue, excuse me, tape to secure this, which we're going to do right now and then go ahead and roll this around, so remember that fold the scene is on the outside here, you just keep rolling it up.

This is a standard sheet of tissue and because this is more of a matte finish, I'm using the... Actually, you know what? I want to use the double stick tape, let's use those stick tape. We have to finish the edge first, so go ahead and finish the edge by folding that Get that guy over here, hold this up, bring it round and I'm going to use double stick tape, like that and we're going to go ahead and do that pleating thing again, so the way you do that, I'm going to move this guy all the way here, is from the seen side that goes down hugging the bottle or hugging this can, rotate, pinch this, pleat it down, rotate one this, down and just keep rotating, until you get to the end where it comes to a point and then you tape it. Why? Let me just redo that real quick, so you want to make sure when you do your pleat it aims to the middle and not off to the side so you are pleating down to the center, pleating to the center, pleating to the center, your ending with your point, that point comes down and then go ahead and secure it with some tape and because we have a lot of layers here I'm just going to use tape on the outside, not the double stick so we're going to go ahead and do that. Now, this is the fun part so on the top you've got lots of...

You've got nice spiral going here and what we want to do is first, we want to grasp the paper right above where the can is here and just gather together and twist it. Take your ribbon, let's use some really nice colored ribbon and let's cut a little bit here, make a bow, bring it around. This ribbon is a little bit more slippery, so let me just kind of wrangle this in place here. Fantastic, I see need to trim that a little bit here, so we have our bow. So now to do the roll it's super, super easy. You're basically going to take the edges and we're just going to roll it out, so you just kind of want to unroll, the edge, just unrolling it. You get all the way in and then what you do is once you have that, take the center and you just wait to twist it, so let's just grab it and then rotate the actual can and then that will give you the rose effect up here, so this part here you can just kind of tuck it underneath and fold it like this and so that's your rose, so cool, kind of cool, simple cylinder. So what the other things that people like to give is, like a stuffed animal for this time of year. It's great to do a stuffed animal so what we're going to do is show you a really cool way to just do this, that's real festive so I always like to take some nice fun paper and you won't need to get anything special but you just need ribbon. So what we're going to do is create... Make this look like a piece of candy which is great so the measurement here is I want to kind of have it about this length here, then here and then here so three times the width or the height of the model of the the stuffed animal. It'll end up here, in my little pinch here and take the roll, fold it. Go ahead and trim it and one of the things for this time of year which is really great is, we have... And I'm going to be offering for all of the participants in today's class, as well as the entire First Republic Bank family a discount in everything... 20% discount in everything here at Paper Tree.

We have the code that you use is FRB gift wrap, FRB gift wrap and if you go to, it's active right now, you can certainly do some holiday shopping with us. We have some wonderful gift wraps, that are there as well as some really cool gifts and books, so we do hope that you take advantage of that and we look forward to helping you on the Paper Tree website. So now that we have our wonderful stuffed animal here, I'm going to take him and we're going to roll him up. Let's and just roll him up like this, don't forget we're still finishing the edge here. So go ahead and fold it over and go ahead and secure with some tape. Just like a piece of candy, we're just going to twist both ends. So, let’s take and just gather it up, kind of put a twist on it. This, we're going to have some really fun with him, let’s do some fan, gold fancy fan. We should wrap up to here, and just replicate that length, so you have nice even bows. We'll have to trim that and put the bow on. This is the bottom part of my bow, the top part wring it around and same for the side. So grab him, gather the pieces together and the twist, so fun. You can imagine, if you're giving more than one stuffed animal that we've got, it looks like a big pile candy, which is great. A lot of fun. We've got a bit of fun today, so that's how we wrap a little stuffed teddy bear. So one of the things that is really great is, a lot of times you know, we want to give some like baked goods and since I am an origami artist and designer, I want to share with you a really cool, very easy origami pouch. That's great to use when you're giving those bags of home-baked cookies which is really going to be great.

So you take your paper, let's go grab some... We're going to use ... You can use anything if you've got just baking parchment even, if you don't have any fancy gift wrap use what you have in the kitchen. So you can do white paper you can do... This is freezer wrap which is great, you could even use foil if you want and this is a very simple model that you can just quickly do and put your cookies in, give a nice presentation. So want to take your roll and make a triangle. So we're just going to take one end and fold it into a triangle. So you're bringing this edge to meet this top edge here, like this and fold. Now you turn this thing over and we're going to fold it right along the edge of that triangle. And then, we're like riding along the edge of the counter here. So now we have a really cool triangle. And what you want to do, is take this top point here and you see this edge here, we're going to line it up with the bottom edge of the triangle like this, but we're only going to fold, make a little pinch mark up here, right up on the top and then unfold, Take this point and bring it over to that pinch mark that you just created, which is like this and then go ahead and fold. Now take the opposite point here, and we're going to bring it to this point here, like this and then go ahead and fold. So now at the top, there are two flaps. This last flap that you folded, if you look here on the top, there's a pocket, we're going to take the top flap here and we're just going to tuck it into this pocket, just like I'm doing right here, setting like this, so now here's your pouch. Get some cookies, let's see, I've got some cookies here and just slip that right inside and then now you have this flap just bring it over, you can use a sticker, we use a little piece of tape, there's a little piece of tape here. And then take some ribbon and then finish it off with a bow. And then this just gives that final touch, that will present your baked goods in a nice fashion and certainly you can pull this from any collection gift wrapping as well, or what you have in the kitchen and then make that work, which is really great. So, let's see does anybody have any questions? I'm curious to see if anybody's had any questions, we had one as I was going along-

Patty - Yes Linda there was a question about ideas and using the scraps after trimming your wrapping paper so not taking away

Linda - So, at the beginning, I showed you how to fold this and we had this excess paper that was left over. So I just take some, and this is actually a really good size. Just fold it over to make it an ideal size for an enclosure card. Go ahead and trim. And then here's your, instant gift card. So that's one thing that you can do with the scrap Another thing to do with this scrap, is to use it on your gift wrap as in accent or decorate. So let's see if we have our box that we wrapped really nice here and we've got some excess paper and let's see, do I have one? I don't have one that has some pattern on it, but if you have something that has a really cool pattern, then you use this around the middle and you can actually bring the ends around. Let's see if I have something smaller, that will work on this, I'll just use this as a sample, so you'd bring it through the middle and when you bring it to the top, you just kind of pleat it back and forth to finish it like this and then you could take a ribbon and tie it around if you want, we'll just leave it like this. But this just gives you a little accent to your package that you can use with your wrap gifts, especially if it has a nice pattern on it, it's nice. you have a solid color package and then this becomes your accent. that goes around, which is really fun.

Patty - Can you talk a little bit about the ribbon types? is it important to have a certain width or flexibility?

Linda - So there are lots of ribbons out there, I think anything that's a really nice fabric. This particular one is all fabric. It is satin, it does not have... Actually it does have a little bit of wire, through the edge, which makes it... Allows you to shape it really nicely especially if you are making a bow, just make some nice bow. A lot of ribbons that don't have the wire is not a problem, but if it's a fabric or a satin. that's really ideal to use for most days. This one has... As you see, it's got a nice edge, but it also has a light wire through it too, so that helps you with the shaping. Ideally, I like to have something that does have a little wire just to kind of give you a little bit more on option. But usually it's a good idea to try to get a real good quality one that is fabric, as opposed to like a kind of ribbon that kind of splits apart. That makes it really difficult, when you're trying to make a pom-pom bow like this. So really what's best with something that is fabric.

Patty - Do you prefer bubble wrap or tissue or other protective materials for breakables?

Linda - So for breakables, there's a whole technique on how to present it. So if you're presenting it as a gear, bubble wrap, really doesn't look that great. So it's a matter of making a lot of tissue where the inside of your box so for example, I going to use this box, I'm going to do that tissue technique that I did earlier as my first wrap, taking this, pinch it in the middle, take out the slack, keep going until it's till it matches the width of the box, push the tissue in, now because this is deep I'm going to use a second tissue. So I'm going to slip this over, so that I have enough to cover. And I'm doing a second one that you plead. That's a very good question about tissue and then push this down. And so let's say that the object that we want to pack is this. So you want to try to do as much in the tissue as you can, a great technique is you take your sheet of tissues. and you just gather it like this making of like... I guess like not really a tube, but is just the nice pleated patted kind of a texture. So this is what you start to do actually, so we going to put something on the bottom, since we're talking protective you pick it, put it in, pick another one, pick it quickly, lay that next to that. Pick another one, right next to that. So that should give you a good question for the bottom which you see here, then we take our gift, put it in here and then now we're going to continue with more coup. So this is what you use to work around your gift, and you could do it in layers. So this will keep the gifts centered, padded, protected.

So you see that it's right in the center here and it's surrounded by some nice tissue. when you pleat it, puts the air through it and it gives it like bottom wrap, but it's nice and secure. And then on the top we'll just do another layer and for this I'm just going to do two, spread it round like this, cover, pick your tissue. This goes over like this and spreads over like this. So that's the proper way to tissue a gift. Of course you would use, if you're packing this for shipping, you want to add even more tissue to make sure that it doesn't have any movement at all, but for gift purposes, this is an ideal way to give your tissue and then just go ahead and-

Kellie - Linda, can you tell us about the paper behind you in your shop and people are curious where they can see your origami art?

Linda - Well, thank you. Yes, so we are known as the origami store because we have this amazing selection of origami papers, as well as some beautiful papers from Japan and behind me, I've got some fantastic handmade pencil screen papers, the ones on the bottom that have the pattern on it, are from a company in Japan that's a 364 years old So they know how to do papers. They're all individually hand silk screened in a beautiful technique with beautiful colors onto the Japanese paper, which is really strong and steady and you can use it for gift wrap, you can use it for even wrapping like a wooden box, if you want, very small stuff and it just fantastic high quality. The one above is also handmade paper and hand dyed with beautiful technique. And we also have some beautiful scenery papers back here that are just in... The workmanship on these are just phenomenal. So we're happy to have this as part of a paper gallery here in Paper Tree. We also have some beautiful marbles, these are from Thailand, they're all hand dyed and handmade. And as far as my origami art thank you for asking. I've been doing origami since I was five years old. I'm an origami designer now and I get to do lots of really cool projects and invent things and so one of the things that I've... They've been developed is this particular technique, which is actually a very old technique that goes back to the 17 hundreds and it's a way of holding multiple cranes. So if you look carefully, this is the origami crane, but this is 18 cranes that's folded from a single sheet of paper and it's a special cutting technique. So these are not individual cranes that are glued and put together. It's one continuous piece of paper and this is a pretty tricky technique to do.

But this is one of the pieces that I kind of discovered how to do it in the three-dimensional phase. I've also done, some money folds of course, money folding like this little guy here, it's a little bull and you could see the face has the scroll work from the dollar to make him make those features. And this one, the little fox uses the $10 bill, so I use the 10 for the eye for that too. So, I mean, I've done a lot of really cool design projects, a lot of these are for like commercial purposes too, but I enjoy origami. I do a free Saturday morning class at 10 o'clock that you can see on Eventbrite called Free-Fold Saturdays. I'm not doing one this weekend, but starting the first week of December, I'll be having some more, Free-Fold Saturday classes at 10 o'clock Pacific time. So I do hope to see you guys there, so I can teach you some really cool origami.

Patty - Linda can you also tell us, when the box is bigger than the width of the roll of paper?

Linda - Yes. So when you have a large box and the paper isn't large enough, it's a matter of folding or using your paper. I want to measure out, so let's say I have a big box here, so let me take the pretty big box over and this clearly isn't enough paper for this box. So how are we going to wrap this? And so it's basically, you're going to do two lengths of paper and measure it out this one. So if the box is big, chances are it's probably heavy to use you really can't flip it around like you normally do, when I was showing you how to measure your paper up. So, what you do is you're going to fold... Make two length the same length, and the way you do that is let's do it this way. I'm going to take the paper and start from all the way at the bottom here. We're going to bring it around, so that it reaches the bottom here and then we're going to bring it up. So it's about halfway on the widest part here, we're going to make a pinch bow actually, we're not going to make a pinch bow, we're going to take a roll and just fold it... Make a fold. I'm going to fold that here, move the box over here. And now we're going to fold and basically double the length that we measured, so you could see that this is a lot of paper. So I did the fold and then now we have that length, we are going to cut this, roll it over, knife, paper cut. We're going to make a cut, well, we created a fold over here too. If you have a lot of space, we'll probably have to do this on the kitchen floor, the living room floor. Now we have two equal lengths of paper, that go around the circumference of the box, let's spread the paper, one on top of the other and let's match the ends like this. Remove this item and the paper... So now we have our paper, they're matched up on the end here.

Let's get our box and put our box right here in the middle. Now, what you have now you can move these out and size it to the sides of the box that you see here. So, I'm going to pull both of them out, until I have paper that comes just past halfway on the side and the same on this side like this. And now, you can go ahead and wrap it like we did before. See, this might be, right at our limit. We're almost out of time, I believe we are out of time, but I'm just going to try to say that is possible. This is how you wrap the large box. We should finish the wrappings, quickly tape it, and finish it off, I feel like I'm doing a speed wrapping now. Bring it down, the end of the box. I'm just going to turn this on the end You can make a nice big box like this. And so that is a large box-

Patty - We remember, thank you.

Linda - So again, thank you so much for having me, into your homes. I really had a great time. Well, hope you did too. I hope you learned something. And again, definitely visit paper, tree our website. So it's, take advantage of the special week off going on. So that is FRB gift wrap all one word. And that is your code to get 20% offer of everything in the store. I hope you had a great time and thank you so much. And now I'm going to turn this over to Susie.

Suzie Shqair - Wow Linda, that was amazing. And mind blowing. Thank you so much for being with us today. Thank you for your team. Thank you for teaching us the secrets of professional gift wrapping. I know our audience enjoyed it and are excited to try what they learned today at their own homes. And to our attendees, thank you for being with us today. As a reminder, this session was recorded and the recording will be available on our website next week, as a thank you for attending Miss Mihara's offering 20% of paper products. This offer is valid until Thursday, December 31st. A follow-up email with the discount information will be sent to everyone. Please visit our website for our schedule of our upcoming webinars. Thank you, be well and happy holiday. Goodbye.

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