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Gift-styling trend: Neons and Neutrals

The Christmas countdown is on, at just 50 days away!

If you love the holidays, this series of posts is made especially for you. We’re unveiling the season’s top gift-styling trends for the next seven weeks and providing some step-by-step ways to do-it-yourself.

Wrapping boxes in paper not your thing? No Sweat. Try embellishing a plain gift box. For this post, we’ve used a fun selection of this season’s hottest neon tapes on a neutral kraft paper box.

P.S. Do you consider yourself a great gift wrapper? You can enter our contest for a chance to become Canada’s Ultimate Gift Wrapper and possibly win $5,000. Enter now as the content closes in three weeks!

Happy gift-styling from the Scotch® Brand Team!

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 15-30 minutes

Scotch® Brand Supplies:


  • Plain gift box
  • Ribbon
  • Gift tag

Plan and prep. Choose your colour scheme and your product. If you would like to replicate the design we have featured in this project, simply refer to list above. This tutorial will assume you’ve selected these items.
1200x1200_NeonsNeutrals_Step1Begin your design. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut an inverted V into the end of the Scotch Expressions Washi Tape, Orange. Starting about four inches from the top, attach a strip of the tape along one edge of the gift box’s lid, continuing over the side of the box.
1200x1200_NeonsNeutrals_Step2Continue your design. Cut the end of your second tape — Scotch Expressions Washi Tape, Green/White Swiss Dot — the same way as in Step 1. Then, starting a half inch or so lower than the first strip, adhere your second tape next to the first strip on the box. Continue in this way, alternating the various coloured Washi Tapes and starting them at varying heights, until you’ve covered the entire lid of the box.
1200x1200_NeonsNeutrals_Step3Add the finishing touches. Once you’ve placed your gift inside, tie some coordinating ribbon around the box and add a gift tag.
1200x1200_NeonsNeutrals_Step4EXPERT TIP: Follow the pattern to create this look. Varying lengths create this design and get creative with your embellishments.
1200x1200_NeonsNeutrals_Step5Want to know the best part about this gift wrapping DIY? You can reuse the box again and again. 😉

Looking for more inspiration and ideas? Feel free to follow our good friend Corinna vanGerwen’s blog, Corinna Wraps. Corinna is an amazing gift stylist, and is the one who helped us create this project. Her blog is full of more expert gift wrapping tips to help you make your presents look spectacular.

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