Tips and Tricks
Removing Adhesive Residue:
Price stickers, labels, and different types of tape like packing or masking can leave behind a sticky residue that’s a tricky mess to remove. There are a number of commercially available adhesive removers available for purchase. Or, you could try one of the items below.
Careful: Please test in an unnoticeable area first to make sure there will be no damage to the surface (especially on wood). We take no responsibility for any damage that may occur.
- Nail Polish Remover
- Petroleum Jelly
- Hand Lotion
- Hair Spray
- Baby Oil
- Vinegar (soak cloth, apply then leave for awhile–even overnight)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Window Cleaner
- Baking Soda & Water Paste (just rub gently, then wipe off with a warm wet cloth)
- Lighter Fluid
- WD-40 (set for 5 minutes)
- Paint Thinner
- Rubber Cement Thinner
- Pencil Erasers
- Peanut Butter
- Vegetable Oil / Olive Oil (set for about 2 hours)
- Cooking Spray
- Mayonnaise (leave set for a few hours or overnight)
- Furniture Polish
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Perfume / Aftershave
- PVC Pipe Cleaner
- For surfaces that you’re afraid to damage, try heating the sticky residue with a hair dryer then wiping off (firmly) with a wet warm & soapy cloth.
- Duct Tape (stick on residue firmly, lift tape up quickly, repeat as needed)
Wrapping Christmas Gifts:
Jane Means, hailed as the UK's 'Wrapping Queen', is a former florist and has been wrapping presents on a professional level for over ten years. She runs gift wrapping courses covering the basics, tackling bottles, circular items, awkward shapes, Japanese pleating, ribbon tying and bows. Here, she shares her top tips for wrapping Christmas presents.
1. Tackle awkward shapes: Use flexible wrapping instead of paper for difficult shaped objects. Look to cellophane, tissue, leftover fabric remnants and netting to conceal the tricky package. You can buy cellophane by the metre from florists or for really large awkward shapes, buy a disposable paper tablecloth from a supermarket. It gives you a really big sheet to go around the large item.
2. Add foliage: Wrap something in brown paper and add greenery; A fir tree, rosemary, laurels, bay leaves and ivy are good because they are long lasting and smell nice. Write on an ivy leaf with a gel metallic pen to create a gift tag.
3. Scent your present: Spray your paper or ribbon or both with Christmas fragrance. I generally spray the ribbon because it can sometimes mark the wrapping paper. I use a spray featuring cloves and cinnamon.
4. Utilise old decorations: Wanting to get rid of last year's decorations? Tie old - (or inexpensive) Christmas decorations and baubles into this year's presents.
5. Pimp your paper bag: You can re-use plain carrier or brown paper bags. Using a hole punch, create a hole at the top and tie through some ribbon to create a really effective gift bag. It is a much cheaper option to buying gift bags and brings in the recycling element.
6. Rustic chic: Sticking with the rustic brown paper theme, tie in sticks and twigs onto your gifts. Wrap wire around a pine-cone, twist it around the sticks and onto the ribbon.
7. Box it: When wrapping boxes, use double sided tape for a professional-looking final result.
8. Juvenile humour: For children, tie in candy canes and/or balloons. To be really popular, use a helium balloon so long as the gift is not too lightweight. A helium balloon from a party shop can last about three days.
9. Flat items: I find you go to a shop, buy something and it gets put into a depressing flat bag. Jazz it up; Place the item into the flat bag, fold the top over twice and stick it down with double sided tape. Then, either go around with ribbon and tie a bow or punch a hole and thread the ribbon through to seal the top.
10. Gift vouchers: When you're giving a gift voucher, don't write on the envelope. Use this as a blank canvas. Tie some ribbon around the envelope; tie in a tag and decorations so that it automatically seems more like a gift.
- THE INDEPENDENT
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