Getting sick of the same way of wrapping presents? Here is a fun technique that is a great alternative to wrapping paper: wrapping with fabric! The art of furoshiki gift wrapping is an ancient Japanese tradition that has dated back to the Nara period. It’s a wonderful way to re-use fabric originally intended for other purposes like a scarf, head piece, or even a tablecloth. Your friends will be blown away with this awesome technique!
It is really quite simple to wrap this way:
1. Go to a fabric store and buy about a yard of fabric.
2. Place the cloth on a table at a diagonal, with the print facing down on the table.
3. Put the gift in the center of the cloth.
4. Take one corner of the fabric and wrap it over the gift. Repeat on the other side.
5. Take the two remaining corners and tuck them in a little bit so that you have nice gathers.
6. Pull each side up towards each other so that they are at the center of the gift.
7. Finally, tie the ends together using a square knot.
Here is a video tutorial to give you a visual of what I am talking about:
(photos courtesy of pinterest.com)