The gift of giving is a beautiful expression of love, friendship, gratitude and so much more. The only hard part about giving presents may actually be wrapping the items themselves, which can turn not so beautiful really quickly. The outside of your gift deserves to look just as great as the inside does and we’re here to help with these seven tips for how to wrap a present. You’ll be on your way to perfect gift-wrapping in no time.
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1. Measure the present and cut the wrapping paper:
- Roll wrapping paper out and center the gift
- Make sure you have enough paper to cover the entire box, do this by folding the paper over both sides
Most wrapping papers now have cutting lines that make it easier to measure and cut a straight line. Put the present in the center of the wrapping paper and fold over both sides to make sure that you have enough paper to go around the entire gift. Once you have the paper cut and set to go, flip the gift over so that the top of the gift is facing the plain side. Just think, when your receiver opens their gift you want them to tear the paper off and be able to see what they got not the underside of a box. Now onto the folding…
2. The first fold:
- Center gift
- Bring one side over and secure with tape
- Take the opposite side and fold it onto itself for a clean edge
- Overlap onto the other side and secure with tape
Double check that the gift is centered, you can never be too sure. Now it’s time for the first fold, bring one side of the paper over and secure it with tape. On the opposite side take the paper and fold it over onto itself so that you have a clean edge to work with. Now fold this side so it is overlapping the other and secure it with a clear stub of tape.
3. The Bottom Edges:
- Trim the excess paper off of the bottom edges
- Leave enough wrapping paper for the length of the box
- Don’t cut too much off
At this point in the gift-wrapping process, you should have a gift that’s half wrapped with the bottom edges open. Now, there’s usually excess paper than is needed to finish the wrapping. Go ahead and trim the excess. You should leave enough wrapping paper for the length of the gift, remember the gift should be fully covered with wrapping paper. Don’t make the mistake of cutting the edges too short because the consequences will be starting over from step 1. On the other hand, don’t make the opposite mistake of not trimming the bottoms; too much paper can make it hard to achieve those perfectly crisp edges that all of us gift-wrappers envy.
4. Fold the Edges:
- Push the sides of the paper inward creating 45 degree angles
- Crease along the flaps
- Fold down the top flap, crease and tape
- Fold up the bottom flap, crease and tape
Now you fold the bottom edges, this part may be a little harder to follow so bare with us and reference the visuals. Push the sides of the paper inward creating 45-degree angles and crease along the flaps. Next, fold down the top flap creasing along the top of the box then, crease again where the paper meets the bottom of the box. You can attach this fold with a piece of tape if you’d like. Finally, fold up the bottom flap creasing in the same areas as you did with the top flap, add another piece of tape and viola! At this point in the gift-wrapping process the box should have full coverage and look “almost” perfect. We can’t forget about the ribbon.
5. It’s time for the Ribbon:
- Flip the gift over with bottom side facing upwards
- Loop ribbon around length of box
- Flip over and crisscross ribbon in the center
- Loop ribbon around width of box and flip over once more
- Cut the ribbon making sure you have extra to tie a knot and to curl
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Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like ribbon and bows. Go ahead and flip the gift over with the bottom side of the box upwards. Loop the ribbon around the length of the box, flip the gift over and crisscross the ribbon in the middle. Then loop the ribbon around the width of the present, flip it over once more. Now cut the ribbon making sure that you have enough to tie the ribbon in a knot and a little extra for curling. If you have any helpers nearby have them put their finger in the center of the ribbon while you tie the knot. This way, the clean look of the ribbon will stay in its place without getting jumbled up.
6. Curling the Ribbon:
- Grab the bundle in the middle and work outward
- Rapidly scrape the ribbon along the sharp edge of a pair of scissors
Take the excess ribbon that is lying on the gift and start from the bundles middle working outward, away from yourself. Rapidly scrape the ribbon along the sharp edge of a pair of scissors. This will create a curly embellishment perfect for the holidays.
7. Add a Festive Bow and Gift Tag:
- Decide on a traditional store bought bow or make your own
- Choose from a wide variety of festive gift tags
Whether you add a traditional store bought bow or make your own handmade, this is just the addition your gifts have been missing. There are so many fun designs out there and with your bows and ribbon you can add an additional element of color or texture to your gifts to really make them stand out from the others.
Those opening your gifts this year may not even want to because they’ll be looking so exceptional. Remember to have fun wrapping and add your own personal touch. Good luck!