Wrap it up

Is the badly wrapped present under the tree immediately identifiable as yours? Have you never quite worked out how to wrap a present nicely?

Here are some quick steps to surprise your family and friends with your present wrapping skills.

  1. Gather together your gifts, wrapping paper, scissors, and tape, on a clear flat surface,
    such as a table.
  2. Secure delicate items inside boxes to prevent breakage. Add bubble wrap and/or tissue paper to ensure they won’t shift.
  3. Unroll the wrapping paper. Position the box or present in the middle of the paper, upside down, so that the paper seams end up on the package’s bottom. Bring the paper up one side and over the top, extending it to the opposite edge. Estimate the additional paper needed to cover the remaining side, and then cut it. Aim for smooth, even cuts.
    If the edge is uneven, fold it under to create a seamless look.
  4. Attach the paper to the box using tape. Centre the box on the paper. Lift one side of the paper halfway across the top, securing it to the box with tape.
  5. Create a neater edge by folding the other side. Fold over the last centimetre of paper to form a tight crease before bringing the second side over the first. Ensure it slightly overlaps the first side and affix it with tape.
  6. Fold the paper on each side of the present. Begin at one end, folding the top flap on to the box’s side, creating two small wings. Press these against the box, then fold the remaining paper triangle against the box. Use clear tape to secure it in place.
  7. Stand the box upright and repeat the folding process on the other side. Place the box with the worked-on side facing down and repeat step 6 on the opposite end. Add any ribbon, gift tags, or decorative bows to your gift. For gift-wrap extra credit, you can learn how to make curling ribbon bows.
  8. Congratulations, you’ve just wrapped a present perfectly.

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