After putting in lots of time, effort and love to buy the perfect Christmas present, it can be disheartening if your present is messily wrapped. If you’re all thumbs when it comes to wrapping presents, our guide below is just what you need.
It’s easiest to work with a square or rectangle when wrapping presents, so if you have an irregular shaped present it might be worth finding a box to put it in first. A great tip is to snuggle shredded tissue paper around the present once you’ve placed it in the box. This adds a special touch and provides a cushioning effect.
Now that your present is boxed and ready to go, we can start wrapping:
1. Gather your materials: You’ll need wrapping paper, scissors, tape and, of course, your boxed present.
2. Find a large, flat surface: A table or the floor is best as they’re a stable surface, but your bed could work in a pinch.
3. Measure out your wrapping paper: Roll out the wrapping paper slightly, just enough to place the present along one edge. Make sure to place your present towards the centre, leaving enough space at the top and bottom of your present. Take the unrolled section of paper up over the present so it joins with the opposite edge. This will make sure you have enough paper to cover the entire present.
4. Cut the wrapping paper: Make sure to check all four sides of your present to ensure the paper can cover everything.
5. Centre the gift on the paper and bring each side of the paper up and halfway across the top. Tape in place. For a neater finish, fold over the last half-inch of the second side of paper and tightly crease in place.
6. Turn the box 90 degrees and fold down the top flap of the remaining paper. This should create two wings on each side. Flatten the wings against the box and you should be left with a triangle of paper. Fold this triangle up against the box and tape it all into place.
7. Flip the box over and do the same on the other side.
8. For an extra special touch, add some ribbons or decorative bows.
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