Japanese Gift Wrapping

Who has never shaken with delight at the thought of what’s inside a pretty little box or a gift carefully wrapped, knowing that the wrapping is the only thing that stands between you and the gift?

But before ripping into the wrapping paper to get to the present, why not take a minute to admire its presentation?

Pretty wrapping also gives us a naughty little sneak peak at the gem inside, a little something to add to the special occasion.

There’s something very special about receiving a gift skillfully wrapped in paper or delicately placed in a  beautiful box, that makes us feel loved. Well presented gifts make them look more glamorous and enhances the experience for both the giver and the receiver. According to studies, wrapped gifts also makes us happier and makes us value it more.

In Japan, the wrapping of a gift is considered as part of the gift, and is a very important part of the gift-giving culture. Wrapped in tsutsumi (origata), paper that is pleated, folded or tied without being cut, or with furoshiki wrapping cloths made of silk or cotton, a beautifully presented gift is sure to delight!

The gift is even more meaningful when you put a little of your personality in the presentation. And best of all, traditional Japanese wrapping and boxes can be reused, reducing waste.

Here are some ideas for traditional – and increasingly contemporary – ways of presenting your gift.

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Japanese Papercraft Boxes

If you visit Japan, you’ll find plenty of kits for building your own pretty papercraft boxes like this one.

If you’re feeling crafty, make your papercraft box from scratch, following instructions and a downloadable template from the Evil Mad Scientists.


japanese-newspaper-gift-wraplJapanese Newspaper Gift Wrap

Newspaper has often been used as a convenient alternative to regular wrapping paper.

Add a Japanese twist to your wrapping, with this hint from Martha Stewart, who uses a Japanese-language newspaper and some origami paper to pretty up these presents.


Furoshiki Fabric Wrapping

Furoshiki is a traditional form of Japanese wrapping, which was used in ancient times for bundling clothes at public baths.

Today, furoshiki has regained popularity as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags and paper wrapping. Try your hand at furoshiki wrapping, with the help of detailed instructions by Swan So Sweet.


Japanese-pleats-round-giftJapanese Pleating for Round Gifts

In Japan, the art of pleating is not limited to Origami. In fact, Japanese custom prescribes using an odd-number of pleats in gift wrapping to symbolize a happy occasion.

Japanese pleating is particularly useful for wrapping round gifts. Visit Ella’s Kitchen Company for a step-by-step guide on pleating your next round gift!


Kimono Wrapped Wine Bottle

Are you offering up bottles of wine this holiday season? Here’s an innovative (not to mention environmentally friendly!) way to present it, in distinctive Japanese style.

Watch this short video by the Paper Guru to learn how to dress up your next bottle in a kimono!

By | 2017-07-18T11:57:45+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Crafts|1 Comment

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  1. baby July 31, 2015 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Just liked this post on FB. Thanks for the great read.

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