[caption id="attachment_1187" align="alignleft" width="160" caption="In 5 minutes, my jars of Red Onion Marmalade are festively wrapped and perfect for hostess gifts. "]
[/caption] Last weekend I made
Red Onion Marmalade
, an easy
recipe designed to complement savoury meat dishes like turkey, pork, venison, or even chicken. Perfect for sharing over the holidays. This weekend, gift-wrapping expert Corinna vanGerwen, owner of
, gave a seminar at
in Toronto, and she's empowered me -- wrap-challenged Colleen -- with simple tricks to make my jars of marmalade pretty. Corinna introduced me to Japanese tissue paper - a sturdier cousin of normal tissue paper that is easy to work with and gives a graphic "pop" to gifts. With the right dimensions of paper (Colleen challenge #1) and a bit of ribbon (Colleen challenge #2), my jars of preserves are now holiday-ready! (Given my challenges, people normally receive a naked jar.)
How to wrap 125mL jars of preserves
- Japanese tissue paper: $2.50/sheet
- Regular tissue paper: $1.00/package
- 0.5 metres ribbon: $0.50 each or less
I'm so wrap-challenged, Alvarez had to supervise.
I felt better knowing Alvarez's expert eye was near.
Measure twice, cut once. Thanks Alvarez.
Corinna told me to practice with regular tissue paper so I didn't waste the pretty Japanese paper. After a few tries, Alvarez and I found the perfect dimensions for 125mL jars:
9 inches x 13.5 inches
for regular tissue paper
9 inches x 14.5 inches
for Japanese tissue paper
Corinna said keep pressure on your paper.
Corinna showed me how keeping pressure on your paper while wrapping - whether for tissue or regular wrapping paper - makes a big difference. Pull up the short sides first, then draw up the longer sides so your paper forms a "pouffe" on the top of the jar. Work your thumbs into the creases of your wrapped paper for a cleaner, more beautiful finish.
Plaid and red ribbons complement the green and brown tissue papers.
Corinna told me not to be afraid of matching off-patterns. The swirly circles in my Japanese paper can be matched with plaid ribbon, when accented with a festive thick red ribbon seen here.
Left to right:
Brown tissue & green Japanese tissue against plaid-and-red ribbon; red tissue & green Japanese tissue against burgundy ribbon; red tissue & green Japanese tissue against 2 green rattan ribbons. I did it!!!! And if you're as wrap-challenged as me, just
. A former decorating editor at our sister publication
Style at Home
, she's a wealth of knowledge on how to make things beautiful. Are you wrap-challenged? How do you get around it?