A neat trick for closing a roll of wrapping paper

I learned this trick when working at the London Brass Rubbing Centre in the Crypt of St Martin in the Fields in 1995 when I was 25. It was a lovely job, helping people make wax-on-paper rubbings of various facsimile brasses. I learned a lot about monumental* brasses and about heraldry more generally (also discovered the word ‘fleam’). I also ate a LOT of delicious apple crumble from the cafe and was a captive audience for the bookshop’s CD of the week / month. We had a lot of Riverdance and Hildegard von Bingen pretty much on loop.

Anyway when someone’s made a rubbing and wants to roll it up to take it home you can do this to keep it safe, and it also works for wrapping paper.

  1. Cut a strip of paper that is slightly longer than the circumference of the rolled paper
  2. Have some tape to hand
  3. Roll the wrapping paper or rubbing so that it’s closed.
  4. Insert into the cut end your strip of paper so that it’s poking out at 90 degrees, then roll it all the way round so that it overlaps itself
  5. Tape the overlap
  6. Write a smug instructional blog post ๐Ÿ™‚

wrapping paper how to close with strip of paper - a useful trick or hack

*they are both memorial and armorial!

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