Here’s How to Wrap a Gift in 9 Super-Easy Steps

Get your present's presentation on point.

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Make sure you're not handing over a haphazardly wrapped present at your next gifting occasion! Box-shaped presents are incredibly easy to wrap — the secret's in cutting the paper down to custom-fit the gift. Following these simple steps will ensure a crisp and neat-looking presentation every time.

You'll need:

1. A roll of wrapping paper

2. Gift-wrap tape

3. Sharp scissors

4. A spool of ribbon

Wrapping the Present:

Step 1: First, roll out your wrapping paper, and place the most narrow end of the box right next to the paper's edge. Fold the paper up onto the box, so that it fully covers the box's height.


Step 2: Make note of this equivalent measurement on the opposite side, and cut.

Step 3: Flip the box 90 degrees. Slide the widest end of the box to the new edge of the paper. Roll the box forward onto its three other sides.

Step 4: Add two more inches to the width, and cut. Now you have a perfectly sized sheet of gift wrap! You'll have some leftover paper, which you can use for wrapping up small presents, making envelopes for gift cards, or for using as gift tags.
Step 5: Now, make sure the box is upside-down on the paper, and place it in the exact middle of the sheet. Fold over one long end, and tape it to the far side of the box. Then, fold over the other long end and secure it down with tape.
Step 6: Onto the sides! Where the sheet edges overlap, fold them down and tape them to the box. Crease the angles for a crisp edge, then individually fold them in and tape them down. Repeat this on the other side.

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The wrapping portion is done! From here, you can embellish your gift however you'd like. We love adding a personal touch with a hand-tied bow.

Tying It Up With a Bow:

Step 7: First, cut a length of ribbon that's 10 times the longest length of the box. With the box upside down, loop the ribbon around its midsection, so that it lies flat under the box. Cross it over the middle, and extend both ends to the unwrapped sides. Flip the box over.
Step 8: Make a simple knot to secure it in the middle, and then tie as big a bow as you'd like, keeping the loops of the bow even.
Step 9: Finally, cut your ribbon ends at an angle.

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