We learn the art of gift wrapping at Dash Finishing School

The art of gift wrapping. Photo: Supplied

The art of gift wrapping. Photo: Supplied

The promise

Learn the art of gift wrapping at this interactive class that teaches you seven ways to wrap presents beautifully.

The reality

Devyani Joon started Dash Finishing School after moving to Melbourne from New Delhi with her husband last year.

She says she got her knack for wrapping beautiful gifts from her mother, and has spent years perfecting her craft.

I arrive at her apartment, where she has a room all set up with everything we need to get wrapping. There are two other students in the class. We’ve each brought some items to wrap, including a small round object and a wine bottle.

I’ve always considered myself a pretty accomplished gift wrapper, but Devyani’s techniques are so precise and intricate, they put my colour-co-ordinated Christmas wrapping to shame.

We learn how to classically wrap a rectangular item – something that might seem straightforward – but she teaches us how to achieve the exact measurements to make it perfect.

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There’s no regular sticky tape at Devyani’s work bench. Instead it’s all about the hot glue gun and double-sided tape, so you can’t see how the paper is stuck together.

After the classic wrap, we learn fancy folds, and ways to wrap round items and the wine bottle. Next we make a paper bag that is perfect for gifts such as clothes and soft toys.

Then Devyani shows us a couple of really simple ways to wrap something using nothing but a piece of fabric.

We also learn ingenious ways to tie bows and to make stunning embellishments out of paper and ribbon.

The art of gift wrapping. Photo: Supplied

The art of gift wrapping. Photo: Supplied

The pay-off

I come away with some extremely impressive-looking gifts all ready for upcoming birthdays, and can’t wait to try my new techniques at home.

Devyani has also given us an instruction book with everything we learnt in class, as well as a few more tricks and templates for gift tags and boxes.

The pain factor

Don’t burn yourself with the hot glue gun.

Who should try it?

Anyone who wants to perfect their wrapping and wow their friends and family with fabulous looking gifts.

Would I do it again?

Definitely – I had so much fun becoming a pro wrapper. I’m also keen to check out one of Dash Finishing School’s other classes.

Dash Finishing School

You’ll need: Presents to wrap – four rectangular objects, one small round object and a wine bottle.

The cost: $59 for the 2½-hour class.

We recommend: Checking out Dash Finishing School’s other classes, including hairstyling and the art of fine dining.

 

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