How to Wrap a Present
How to wrap a present for that special someone
There is nothing like receiving a gift from someone. But it is even nicer to receive a nicely wrapped present. The wrapping adds a little something special to the gift.
How to wrap a present in the perfect box every time, it is best to start with a rectangular or square box (such as a clothing box).
How to Wrap a Present, Supplies
- Clear Tape
- Wrapping Paper
- Tissue Paper
How to Wrap a Present, Instructions
Place tissue paper in the bottom of the box you wish to use. In order to do this properly, begin by placing the tissue paper long ways across the box bottom so that tissue paper extends over both sides of the box by quite a bit; if need be, you can use two sheets of tissue paper to extend the length over the side of the box. Next, grasp the two long ends of the tissue paper and fold over in the middle so that the top and bottom of the tissue paper are barely inside of the box. Place the tissue paper firmly in the bottom of the box and crease in the bottom edges. Place the item you wish to wrap on top of the bottom sheet of tissue paper. After placing the item neatly in the box, fold the remaining tissue paper over the item until the two edges of tissue paper overlap in the middle.
Once you have your item and tissue paper secure in the box, close the box lid. It is advisable to tape the box on two sides to keep the box lid from sliding open while wrapping. Please use caution not to use too much tape; using too much tape can hinder someone’s progress of opening the present. Photo credits to Neelam Meetcha from her new book titled “Gift Wrapping Ideas” which you can find here Gift Wrapping Ideas by Neelam Meetcha
How to Wrap a Present, Now that the box is ready,
Now that you have your box ready to wrap, let’s get started. Take your choice of wrapping paper and pull a little away from the roll. Place your box on top of the inside of the wrapping paper roll. Next, using the box as your measure, cut enough wrapping paper to cover your box completely. The rule of thumb for the sides of the box, is to make sure that you cut enough on both sides to cover at least half up the sides of the box; so that when the ends are pulled together, they completely cover the box. For the length, cut enough paper so that once the ends meet you have at least an inch overlay.
Once your paper is cut, place the printed side of the paper face down on a flat surface and place your box, upside down, in the middle. We are going to work on the long side first. Fold one end of the paper over the back of the box to approximately the middle and secure with clear tape. With your thumb and pointer finger, slid your fingers along the finished side of the box to make a crisp edge. Next, pull the other side of the paper, tightly, to the middle of the box. Fold approximately one half inch under and make a crisp edge and secure to the box, overlapping where you previously taped the other edge. Secure edge with clear tape. Once again, slid your fingers along any finish sides to make a crisp edge.
Securing the sides of the package can be tricky the first few times you do it, so take your time. With the box side facing away from you, tuck the two sides into the box. Fold the top paper down and secure to the box. Then, fold the bottom paper up, fold a little under and make a crisp edge before securing to the box. (Remember, the box is upside down; therefore, when you flip the box over the paper edge will be facing down.) Repeat the process to the other side of the box. Be sure to slide your fingers, once again, along all finished sides to make all edges crisp.
Flip the box right side up and viola – you have a perfectly square (or rectangular) wrapped box. Don’t worry, after a few times, you will become a pro at how to wrap a present and can move on to more challenging shapes.
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