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Liz Mullet smiles as she places a bow on a gift. Mullet is teaching a gift wrapping workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Nappanee Public Library. (Truth Photo By Sarah Welliver) (AP)

Liz Mullet puts an added touch on a gift. Mullet is teaching a gift wrapping workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Nappanee Public Library. (Truth Photo by Sarah Welliver) (AP)

Liz Mullet smiles after successfully wrapping a holiday gift. Mullet is teaching a gift wrapping workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Nappanee Public Library. (Truth Photo By Sarah Welliver) (AP)
Not a gift wrap pro? This Nappanee woman can help
Posted on Dec. 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 6, 2013 at 2:22 p.m.

NAPPANEE — Liz Mullet has a healthy respect for gift wrap, but she's not afraid of it.

The Nappanee resident compares learning to wrap gifts to learning to type. Once you learn, you won't forget.

So why do so many people struggle with wrapping?

“You're probably using too much tape,” Mullet said.

She uses just three pieces of tape on most gifts. And she insists that making your own bows or wrapping awkwardly sized gifts is simple.

“Basically, if you have ribbon and paper, you can do a lot,” she said. “The combinations are endless.”

Mullet started wrapping gifts as a child. She was part of a family of seven, and wrapped to help out — and because she loved it. Later in life, she owned and operated Liz's Furniture Shoppe in Nappanee, where she offered a free gift wrap service.

The store is now closed, but Mullet still likes to make beautiful things for the holidays.

She sympathizes with common gift-wrap problems — “It's always late at night, and you don't have the right box,” she said — but she also knows how to use leftover bits and scraps to make a gift look great.

For large items like a bicycle, “you just make a big bow,” Mullet said. If the gift is small, like a ring or necklace, she suggests wrapping the gift in a larger box so the recipient doesn't know what they are opening.

“I don't really have a style — it depends on the gift,” she said.

And practice helps, but it doesn't mean that Mullet has gotten to “perfect” over the years.

“I just get wilder with it,” she said smiling.

Mullet will be teaching a workshop for adults at the Nappanee Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. She plans to share her techniques and help others overcome their fear of gift wrapping.

Mullet suggested that attendees bring any gift they would like to wrap — especially the tricky ones.

Gift wrap and supplies will be provided by the library. This event is free and open to all, and no registration is necessary.

The Nappanee Public Library is located at 157 N. Main St.