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DIY Furoshiki Gift Wrapping Ideas

Eloisa Latorre

Posted on April 25 2018

A gift wrapping tutorial: How to wrap gifts with fabric using the Furoshiki technique.

Hi, Everyone! Mother's Day is around the corner and for that, we bring you this cute and easy DIY wrapping gift tutorial to wrap your mom's presents using fabric. The art of wrapping gifts with fabric is a Japanese technique called Furoshiki. The good things about wrapping presents with fabric are: a) The Furoshiki gift wrapping technique is eco-friendly, and you can reuse the fabric for the next time. b) Wrapping with fabric has a nice final look as if you had put a lot of effort into it. c) The wrapping fabric can be a 2-in-1 present, as the person receiving the gift could use the fabric as a little neck's foulard. d) Wrapping a gift with fabric is actually easier than using wrapping paper. For this LANGRIA how-to guide, we will wrap 3 different presents to show you different techniques: a box, a bottle, and a book. What you will need: - Fabric: it could be a neck foulard or a piece of fabric, preferably light and cut in the shape of a square - Presents to gift

1. HOW TO WRAP A BOOK

[caption id="attachment_238" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Furoshiki wrapping a book 1 Furoshiki book-wrapping: Step 1[/caption] Place your fabric/foulard on a flat surface with the pretty side facing the surface to make sure it will be showing after we finish wrapping the gift. Put the book(s) you want to wrap in the middle of the fabric. Each side of the book should be facing the corners of the fabric as shown in the image above. [caption id="attachment_304" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Furoshiki wrapping a book 2 Furoshiki book-wrapping: Step 2[/caption] Start wrapping the length of the book. Fold the corner of the fabric over the book and tuck under it the excess of fabric. Fold the opposite corner of the fabric over and bring it on top of the book.
The Furoshiki book wrapping: Step 1 (part 1) Furoshiki book-wrapping: Step 2 (part 2) Furoshiki book-wrapping: Step 3 (part 3)
Take the opposite corners and tie a knot over the book. Repeat the process to tie a double knot to make sure the wrapping will remain super secured! And voilà! Super easy and fast!

2. HOW TO WRAP 2 BOTTLES TOGETHER

[caption id="attachment_298" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Furoshiki wrap bottles with fabric 1 Furoshiki bottle-wrapping: Step 1[/caption] First of all, place your fabric/foulard on a flat surface with the pretty side facing the surface to make sure it will be showing after we finish wrapping the gift and orient the fabric in the shape of a diamond rather than square shape. Then, put your 2 bottles of wine side by side in the center of the fabric and lay them sideways towards opposite corners of the fabric. [caption id="attachment_299" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Furoshiki wrap bottles with fabric 2 Furoshiki bottle-wrapping: Step 2[/caption] Take one of the corners of the fabric that doesn't have a bottle of wine pointing towards it, and fold it towards the center, going over the bottles. After Step 1, start rolling both bottles simultaneously towards the opposite corner to wrap them with the fabric as you go until you reach the tip of the fabric. [caption id="attachment_300" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Furoshiki wrap bottles with fabric 3 Furoshiki bottle-wrapping: Step 3[/caption] [caption id="attachment_301" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Furoshiki wrap bottles with fabric 4 Furoshiki bottle-wrapping: Step 4[/caption] Once you are done wrapping the bottles in the fabric, take both sides of your long cylinder and fold into a U-shape, putting one bottle next to the other one as shown in step 3. Now you are almost done! Finally, tie a double knot to secure the bottles and you are ready to go! Isn't it cute? You can even hold them by the knot to carry them.

3. HOW TO WRAP A BOX

[caption id="attachment_310" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Furoshiki wrap a box with fabric 1 Furoshiki box-wrapping: Step 1[/caption] Very similar to the first tutorial to wrap books. First, place your fabric -in this case, we chose a non-silky foulard to show the different effect, on a flat surface. Put the box you want to wrap in the middle of the foulard and again, make sure each of the sides of the box is facing the corners of the foulard as shown in the image above. [caption id="attachment_311" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Furoshiki wrap a box with fabric 2 Furoshiki box-wrapping: Step 2[/caption] Take 2 opposite tips of the foulard and bring them towards the center of the box. Tie with a simple knot and leave the sides hanging on top of the box. Repeat the same procedure with the other two opposite tips of the fabric. After you tie them together with a simple knot, your wrapping should look like our image above, step 2. [caption id="attachment_312" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Furoshiki wrap a box with fabric 3 Furoshiki box-wrapping: Step 3[/caption] Take the sides of the second knot you just did and make a regular knot bow (if the foulard of fabric is not large enough, you can make a simple knot). [caption id="attachment_313" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Furoshiki wrap a box with fabric 4 Furoshiki box-wrapping: Step 4[/caption] Hide the other two corners of the fabric from the first knot under the bow and you are all settled! What do you think of these Japanese techniques to wrap gifts? Have you tried them? Let us know in the comment section below!

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