Happy Thursday! If you haven’t already gathered, Christmastime is one of my favorite times of the year (preceded only by Halloween, and followed closely by my birthday). I already have all my shopping DONE for this year and now I am in the midst of wrapping everything for a fabulous Christmas morning. Gift giving (and receiving) is my top love language so this time of year it is especially important to me that I choose the exact right presents for everyone on my life and then wrap them to perfection. SO. Let’s dive into wrapping gifts 101, shall we?
Now, I may be proficient at wrapping gifts but it’s nothing compared to my father. He is a wrapping genius. Growing up we always had impeccably wrapped gifts under the tree and it’s not wonder. He’s an artist and perfectionist. Needless to say, however, since getting married and officially being in charge of wrapping my husband’s + extended family’s gifties, I needed to get much better at wrapping. Here is the easiest way to wrap your presents and look like a pro while doing it.
You will need: wrapping paper of your choice, scissors (sharp ones) and clear tape. I chose packing tape simply because it was the only clear tape I had on hand. You may choose clear or satin scotch tape if you so prefer. You want it to disappear into your paper.
Step 1: Tape down side A to your box.
Choose the BACK side of your box to put facing upwards for this step and tape the first side (side A) directly to the box. This will ensure there is NO slippage of the box while you are trying to get clean lines.
Step 2: Fold side B a quarter inch.
This step is optional, but will make your present look professionally wrapped! It creates a sharp, straight line on the box instead of the haphazardly and/or decidedly NOT STRAIGHT side you most likely have from cutting the paper from the roll.
Step 3: Tape down side B over top of side A.
You want to make sure you have enough paper for size be to adequately cover side A. This is to make sure you can’t see the box and/or the non-folded side of paper. Use 3 pieces of tape: one in the center, one towards to top and one towards the bottom. Taping this down correctly ensures you don’t have any paper stick up or make folding difficult down the line.
Step 4: Adjust the length of end paper.
This part may not be necessary depending on how to portioned your paper out. I over estimated the ending length, so I cut off the extra bit of paper to leave only what I needed to fold. If you left the perfect amount, you are a wrapping goddess and you probably don’t need this tutorial anyways. 😉
Step 5: Fold down to top portion of paper.
Tape this to the box if necessary to hold it in place for you.
Step 6: Make sharp corners.
When you fold down the top portion of paper, you automatically get little paper triangles on the side of your paper. Sharply crease the fold, and then fold into the box on both sides. You will be left with one large triangle on the bottom portion of the paper.
Step 7: Make a small fold on the large triangle and tape.
Make a small fold on the large triangle to get rid of “edge” paper like we did in step 3, and then fold onto the box. Be sure to pull tightly to create a shape and crisp fold.
Step 8: Repeat steps 5-7 on opposite side of box.
You will do the exact same thing we just did on the opposite side of the box. Remember to pull tightly, and really work on those sharp creases.
Step 9: Finish up!
Put on a box, name tag or ribbon to finish your gifts off and place those pretty suckers underneath that beautiful Christmas tree!
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I hope this helps you wrap your presents faster, easier and more beautifully! I love when I give people gifts and they compliment the wrapping. They just look so stunning under the tree!
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