When Rourke and I were first married, we were still in college.
As Rourke recalls, we didn’t have a proverbial pot to p*** in! So, for extra money, I would wrap presents at Dillard’s during the holidays.
I loved it! For some reason, I love wrapping presents. It’s almost therapeutic for me. Put a little Christmas music on, and let’s go to town! I was wrapping with a great group of gals, and we would churn out about 100 presents an hour, EACH!
Dillard’s had or still might have eight wrapping selections that are numbered. We would get a lot of husbands, mainly, sending in about ten presents on average with a certain number. And, we would go to work. The closer to Christmas, the busier we were.
I still instinctively wrap every gift the “Dillard’s Way.” And, I thought I would share it with you.
You need to start with good, quality paper, tissue paper, gift boxes, stickers, ribbon, stapler, scissors, a fun trinket/tag, regular Scotch tape and double-sided tape. And, of course, don’t forget the Christmas music. (My favorite Pandora channel is Mariah Carey Holiday.)
Let’s start with a shirt box…..
Open the edges and lay two sheets of tissue paper on top, making one piece higher than the other.
Holding the two pieces, fold the tissue in the middle to make it fit into the box.
Put your shirt in the box.
Fold pieces of tissue together. We would stick a Dillard’s sticker on top to keep the tissue together. But, I found these and thought how fun to write something on them.
*A little side note here: When the kids were smaller, I would wrap the presents and put their names on them. Well, that backfired on me, because they would shake the tar out of them. I thought, “they are going to break the darn things.” So, I came up with a system. I would put a colored dot in the bottom back corner of the present. Each person had a color. I would make a color key and hide in a safe place. That way nobody knew which present was theirs!
So, I thought these stickers would have worked well with this system. When they opened the present, they would then find out who it was from!
Put the top over the box and tape sides with regular Scotch tape.
Okay for the wrapping….
For a shirt box, open your roll of paper. Turn your box horizontally and lay on paper. You want to leave approximately 2 inches on each side. I love this paper and how it has lines for cutting.
Pull the box about two-thirds down the paper.
Pull the shorter end up and tape to the box with regular Scotch tape. Now take the longer end and pull tightly over the box. Run your finger over the edge of box and fold excess underneath.
Here’s what Dillard’s called a seam-less wrapping job!
Apply a piece of double-sided tape to the edge of box and press folded end on top of it.
Now for the sides….
Tuck both sides of paper into center.
Using regular Scotch tape, tape the top piece down to box.
Now put a piece of double-sided tape on the edge of bottom piece, pull up and adhere to box.
Repeat on other side.
Now flip the box over and press and run your fingers all around the sides of the box.
Now for the ribbon and adornments….
Cut enough ribbon to wrap around the box and tie in a knot.
Tie your adornment around your knot.
Now make several loops of ribbon back and forth for the bow. Cut off excess. Staple in the middle.
Take a longer piece of ribbon and tie around both the knotted ribbon and the stapled ribbon.
Fluff the bow by pulling the loops up and out.
You can trim you ribbon two ways. See below.
Now for a sweater box…..
Just like the shirt box, lay two pieces of tissue paper on top of box, one higher than the other.
Cinch in the middle and fold to fit in box.
Place sweater in the box.
Seal with a sticker.
Put box together and tape on sides.
This time you will turn your box vertical on the paper.
Measure enough paper to cover top plus two-thirds more.
Trim one side so that the box has approximately 2 inches of paper on both sides.
Now wrap the same way as the shirt box.
And that’s the “Dillard’s Way!”