How to Wrap Up The Perfect Gift
Are your wrapping skills abysmal? Really want to wow the recipient of your gift? Here are a few ways to impress with your gift wrapping. But let’s start with the basics. If you’ve never wrapped a gift before - here’s where you’ll need to start. After picking up a roll of wrapping paper at the grocery store or even a gift boutique, grab a pair of scissors and a roll or two of clear tape. Later, you can take it up a notch with washi tape and ribbons.
Let’s prep the gift and measure the wrapping paper. You’ll want to remove the price tag - this is proper etiquette for gift giving, after all, the cost is not what counts, but the thought is. Remove the tag or cross it out with a black marker if it is an item that can be exchanged - like clothing (you know, just in case!) Place your gift into a cardboard box if it is an odd shape - it’s easier to wrap this way. No box on hand? No worries, follow the basic steps as best you can, and it will turn out fine. Next, take the roll of wrapping paper and unroll a fair amount onto a flat surface. To measure, place your gift in the middle of a stretch of paper, and ensure that the unbound side goes over at least half of the gift. Then, flip the gift towards the roll a couple of times until you can see that the gift will be completely covered by the paper. Then cut!
Alright, you’ve done the easy part! Grab your roll of tape, cut a few strips ranging from 5cm to 10cm, and stick them to the edge of your table so that they’re easy to just unstick and place onto the wrapping paper. Once you’ve done that, place one half of the wrapping paper over the gift, then the other half to overlap, take a long piece of tape and stick it down.
Here’s the tricky part now. If you have extremely long side pieces, you’ll want to trim them by about half the length so that you’re able to fold them neatly and stick them down. Once you’ve trimmed them, fold the paper to create triangles on either side.
If the pieces are still too long, fold over the tip of the triangle to make the edge straight, keep your folds as tight as possible and then stick down your ‘triangles’ with two pieces of tape. Either side of your present should look like this:
Close enough? Great! Now you can add a ribbon by tying it on, or one of the pre-tied ones that you can just stick on. There are plenty of ways to wrap a gift, with more intricate designs and fun materials. But if gift wrapping is really still not your thing, there are boxes you can buy or even gift bags that you can dress up with a whole lot of tissue paper and some ribbon! Just remember - it’s the thought that counts more than anything else. Happy wrapping!
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