I’ll admit it. For years, I threw all of my holiday gifts in bags. I couldn’t wrap a gift if my life depended on it. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t either. My dad and my brother are gift-wrapping gurus. Did I not get the gift-wrapping gene?
One day, I decided it was time to learn how to wrap a gift properly so I asked my dad to teach me how. You know what, it’s not rocket science! So if you want to break out of your bag habit, you’re in luck! I’m going to share some of my insider tips on how to wrap gifts.
First, buy some good quality wrapping paper, sharp scissors and tape. Skip the dollar store stuff and get heavy-duty wrapping paper. When you want to start wrapping gifts, find a big table or some place with plenty of room to work. I usually wrap gifts on the floor. Finally, cut some pieces of tape and attach them to the edge of a nearby table. This is so you can easily grab some tape when you need it, rather than fumbling with the tape dispenser.
Whether you’re wrapping a regular box or something oddly shaped, following these basic steps will help you become a wrap master. See what I did there…never mind. Let’s get wrappin’!
First, roll out some wrapping paper and place your package on the undecorated side. Take the end that’s free from the roll and cover the gift. Where the cut end of the paper meets with the end attached to the roll, estimate about an inch past the seam where they meet. This is where you’ll cut your wrapping paper.
Once you cut your piece off the roll, move the gift toward the bottom edge of the paper, overlap the seam and tape it together.
The next steps are where most people tend to lose their finesse, and it’s a bit tricky so pay attention.
Start by folding in the two sides adjacent to the seam. You should end up with two triangle or trapezoid shapes, which kind of look like envelope flaps. Crease the edges on each side so the flaps retain their form, like in the photo below.
Now fold one of the flaps down. Then, fold the other flap over the first and put some tape in the middle of the flap to seal it closed. I also put pieces of tape at each end to seal it up securely.
Now you’ll repeat the sealing process above on the other side. The only difference is that you might need to trim off extra wrapping paper. Just be sure not to cut too much off because you’ll expose the end of the gift. However, if that does happen, you can use a piece of scrap wrapping paper to fill in the gap. Simply tape it into place before you fold your flaps down.
Voila! You don’t have to pay people at the mall upwards of $5 per item to wrap your gifts for you because now you know the basic steps in the art of gift wrapping. With a little practice, you’ll be a gift-wrapping guru in no time.
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