How to Wrap Presents and Gifts Properly
Wrapping a present doesn't have to be a chore. With a few techniques and tips, you'll be able to wrap any shape of present in minutes! Let's start with the present below. With the picture and video tutorials, you'll understand the basic present-wrapping technique that can then be applied to any shape.
Step-by-Step Directions for the Smaller Box With Pictures
These directions will work for almost any shape of present, but for this tutorial, I'm showing you how I wrapped a DVD for my children. (See the photo below.)
- Take the item and lay it on the paper. Give a little extra on either side before you begin to cut.
- Cut more than you need lengthwise until you get the hang of it. You can always trim and save the extras for small gifts another time.
- Fold one side of the paper over until it is in the center of the present. Adhere it to the package with a small piece of tape.
- Using the other side, fold the extra paper (so it makes a straight edge) and fold it over until the two sides meet. Some overlapping is fine.
- Use a small piece of tape and place it horizontally along the seamed edge.
- Start on one side of the present. Fold in the right and left sides of the paper and until it hits the box. Crease the edges to make straight angles.
- Now, fold down one edge and hold it in place. Fold up the other edge. Secure with tape.
- Now, turn the package on its side so the first edge is on the floor. This will prevent the package paper from moving.
- Repeat step six.
How to Curl Ribbon for Decoration
When you go out to find the ribbon, make sure it is marked for curling. You'll need a sharp pair of scissors as well. Things to know about curling:
- Better to have too much ribbon than too little.
- The fat ribbon is usually easier to curl.
- The fat ribbon also allows you to shred it into little pieces.
- Tucking the long curls underneath the cross is an easy way to use the extra length.
- Stock up on white ribbon. That way you can accent with color ribbon when you buy it, but white goes with everything!
How to Wrap Odd-Shaped Gifts
Unfortunately, not every present is perfectly square. What do you do for those odd-shaped gifts that require a little bit of ingenuity?
Wrapping Soft Presents That Don't Have a Box
First, wrap it up in some tissue paper so it takes on a firmer shape. You are less likely to rip it this way, and with enough tissue, you can turn almost any shape into a semblance of a rectangle!
Wrapping Cylindrical Shapes
Use tissue paper first and roll it up. Then add the paper on top. Once you've done that, tie off each edge like a tootsie roll. Use the ribbon curling tips above.
Wrapping a Perfect Square
You'd think the perfect square present would be easy, but believe it or not, it can be difficult. You need more paper for the sides than a rectangle shape, so be generous when cutting out the paper.
Wrapping a Flat Shape
When wrapping a calendar or other flat package, you can alter the way you fold in the sides. Rather than trying to fold in the edge (since the present has hardly any depth), fold the top edge down and make a triangle with the combined edges. (See picture below.)
Tips for Perfect Wrapping Technique
- If you are a beginner, splurge on nice wrapping paper. The cheap stuff rips very easily and can be difficult to work with. Foil paper is also tricky to use so your basic paper should be fine.
- Go for clear scotch tape if you want a nice presentation. This way, the pieces don't show up as easily.
- Try to get that first edge as close to the edge of the package as possible. It will look seamless.
- If you have extra paper when you begin wrapping, fold it to the right spot in the pattern so it looks like one continuous picture.
- Tape boxes shut before you begin wrapping.
- If you have an odd shaped gift (with strange plastic packaging) consider taking it out of the box it came in and wrapping it in a standard sized box, taking care to wrap each item in a piece of tissue paper.
Bags and Tissue Paper Always Work
Bags and tissue paper work nicely if you have a present that simply won't submit to your craftmanship!