How To Wrap A Gift with Tips

Want your Christmas presents to look perfectly presentable under the tree this year? It’s easy. From wrapping a simple box to tackling odd-shaped gifts to making gift bows with ribbon.

Today’s article is on how to wrap a gift. There are several ways this can be done and all types of ornamentation that you can add.

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“Create your workspace before you create,” DuLaney advises. Because he prefers to stand, he makes a sturdy, waist-high table or countertop his base. Whatever you choose to work on, make sure the surface is clean. Ditto your hands: “You don’t want to get lotion or anything that might be on your hands onto the beautiful paper or ribbon,” DuLaney says.

 

 

HOW TO WRAP A GIFT IN JUST 15 SECONDS:

Cut wrapping paper so you’re able to wrap the gift with a 2-inch overhang. The paper should cover both sides of the package’s height.
Position the narrow side of your box diagonally across the sheet of wrapping paper.
Lift the edge of your paper to meet the upper corner of the gift
This creates a triangle. Crease section onto gift and pull corner upwards, flush onto the box’s edge.
A new edge is created. Once again push paper onto gift and pull corner up once more.
Flip present over and tape edge.
Two new edges are created on the narrowest side of your box. Fold the triangle of paper down like the top of an envelope. Tape to secure.

 

Standard Gift Wrapping

Remove all of the price tags. 

Leaving the price tag on a present is generally considered improper etiquette as the recipient doesn’t need to know how much you spent. If you cannot remove the sticker, get a black pen and black out the price.

Place the gift in a box. It’s much easier to wrap a present using a box. You can buy boxes for gifts in the same department store aisle where you buy wrapping paper. You can also use an old box, like a shoebox, you have around your home.

It’s also a good idea to seal the top of the box with tape to prevent it from coming open during the wrapping process.

Unroll the wrapping paper. 

Work on a flat surface, like a hardwood floor or table. Unroll the wrapping paper across the table. Unroll enough wrapping paper that the paper is about twice the length of the box. Do not cut the wrapping paper from the roll yet.

Lay the box topside down over your wrapping paper. 

Place the box in the middle of the paper, with the top facing down. Place it about halfway between the edge of the wrapping paper and the roll of wrapping paper.

Wrap the paper over the box. 

Take the edge of the wrapping paper and wrap it around the box so it covers about half the box. Then, roll the tube of the wrapping paper over the box all the way to the other end of the box. The box should now be completely covered in wrapping paper.

Cut the paper so the wrapping paper overlaps. 

The wrapping paper should overlap just slightly on top of the box. Cut a straight line across the upper layer of wrapping paper so it overlaps the bottom layer by a few inches or centimeters.

Adding Embellishments

Flip over the box. 

When adding embellishments, you want to work on the top side of the box. Flip the box over, so the edges of the paper are not visible on top of the box.

Add a To/From tag. 

It’s always a nice touch to add a To/From tag on a package to give it a personal touch. You can use store-bought tags, which you can find at most department stores. You can also make your own To/From tags by cutting cardboard paper into the shape of tags, covering them with decorative paper, and writing a personal message with a pen or pencil

Tie a bow around the gift. 

Use a thick ribbon, which you can purchase at a department store. Turn the present upside down, so the seams you taped earlier are facing upward. Tape down the end of the ribbon in the center of the box. Loop it around the package length-wise until the ribbon circles the package completely. Cut the ribbon and tape down the other end.

If desired, you can create a double bow. Repeat this process, but this time wrap the ribbon around the package width-wise.

Add stick-on bows. 

If you want to save some time, use stick-on bows instead. You can buy these at any department store. The bows should have a sticker on the bottom you press against a present to secure it to a gift.

Use fake berries or herbs as embellishments. 

You can buy fake berries and herbs at a local gift shop or craft store. You can glue these onto your presents as a fun, decorative embellishment. This works great for winter holidays, where things like red berries and holly are traditional decorations for the season.

Tie bells around the ribbons. 

If you’re going to tie a ribbon in place anyway, try adding some bells. String some bells through the ribbon before wrapping it around the present to add some flare. This is a great embellishment for the holiday season.

 


Tips

Here’s our trick from the pros: Double-sided tape is your secret weapon for a neat seam

The cardinal rule for choosing wrapping paper: The thicker, the better. To facilitate the trimming process, look for a roll with a grid pattern on the back.

It’s so much easier to wrap something square or rectangular. Do yourself a favor and pack your gift into a box. Taping it shut is optional!

A sharp pair of scissors with a comfortable handle is key when you have a pile of gifts to tackle. 

If your paper is too thin, it will tear easily, allowing package corners to poke through; too-thick paper, on the other hand, leads to a bulky wrap.

When using curling ribbon, sharp scissors are not your friend. They won’t just tear the ribbon—they could cut your finger, too. 

Gift Bags

Make Christmas gifts more delightful with festive gift bags made from decorative paper, recycled materials, and small embellishments.

Fancy little totes made from clip art and filled with small presents — gift cards, cash, jewelry, and other trinkets — might make Scrooge himself smile.

The bag should be two or three times larger than the gift. Always try to use fresh, new tissue paper for best results. Relegate used tissue paper to the bottom of the bag to act as cushioning or filler underneath the gift if the bag is deep. Remember: Remove or cover the price of the gift bag. A recipient should never know the price of anything that’s gift-related — unless the gift needs to be returned or exchanged, of course.

The tissue paper can be all one color or different colors. Use more or less paper, depending on the size of your gift. If the gift is small, use half-sheets of tissue paper.

Take two opposite corners of the tissue paper and bring them up over the gift. Hold the paper with one hand while using the other hand to bring up the other two corners. Lightly scrunch the paper together right above the gift, leaving the rest of the paper as wrinkle-free as possible.

Tissue paper tears easily, so if you need to pull the tips into place, do so gently! Don’t overwork the paper — it’ll start to look wrinkled and used.

Lay out a single sheet of tissue paper on a flat surface and smooth it out. Place your thumb and forefinger over the center of the paper and pick it up. Give it a quick flick of the wrist. Use your other hand to smooth it out a little; place it in the bag. Repeat as needed, varying the colors.

If you like, add bows or embellishments to the bag for a final touch.

 

 


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