SIMPLE BOTTLE WRAPPING WITH CELLO
We often want to wrap bottles in cello to give them quick gift appeal and there is a simple way to do this. The most important rule..... Don't skimp on cellophane! Be sure to cut off enough cellophane that all your edges will be tied into your ribbon and use a nice weight of cello (1 mil or higher). You can be very precise if you wish and measure your cellophane out with a yardstick or just eyeball it like I do. Really either way turns out just fine if you follow the don't skimp rule.
Cellophane (40" or wider roll)
1 yard of 1 1/2" wide ribbon (or more)
Other tools: sharp scissors, rubber band, ruler
Set bottle in the center of your cello. Pull up the lose edge about 6" above the top of your bottle then pull up the cello on the opposite side of the bottle (this should still be on the roll) to meet the lose edge. Cut cello off the roll at this point.
Gather all edges around the neck of the bottle, or above the bottle if preferred. I pull the corners up first and then gently gather the rest of the cello around the neck and smooth the cello from the bottom up. Keep hold of the gather point with your hand (or borrow someone else for a third hand)
Tie your ribbon around the cello at your gathering point and tie off in a decorative soft satin bow as we have, or just use a handful of curling ribbon to create a tussled bow. Pull Bows or pre-made poly bows make a great alternative if you don't want to hand tie a ribbon bow. You may find it helpful to tie the cello off first with a scrap of curling ribbon that will be hidden under your finished ribbon.
Step 4 (Optional)
At this point if you want to trim up your plume of cello on the top you can. You can round it off, create more points by cutting into the long straight edges or leave it the way it is. This is a matter personal taste.
Hint: If you are having trouble smoothing the cello around the bottle and/or getting your ribbon tied on, slip a rubber band around the cello at the point you want to tie it off then smooth the cello up the bottle and adjust folds as needed. When done tying off with ribbon remove the rubber band. The most difficult part of cello wrapping is keeping hold of the entire gather of cello while tying it off. If you don't have an extra set of hands around to help the rubber band makes a good alternate.