For you, perhaps the easy part was buying the gifts. Now, you have to wrap them! Dun, dun, dunnnnn.
Don’t worry – these easy steps will guide you to the perfectly wrapped gift:
Roll out the paper and place your gift on it. Pull the loose edge to the top-middle of the box with one hand and the roll to the same point with your other hand, and note how much you need for the paper edges to slightly overlap.
Use scissors to cut the paper (in as straight a line as possible, wink wink) from the roll.
If you want, you can fold over the edges a tiny bit along the length of the paper so they look clean when you tape them down.
(The “bottom” is the large, flat backside of a rectangular box. If your gift box is square, the bottom will likely be the opposite of that which is opened.)
3a: First, grab two tape strips from your dispenser and stick them to the edge of the table.
3b: Line up the paper so it evenly overlaps on the bottom of the box and secure one edge to the box with tape. Pull the other edge of the paper over the box so it’s snug and tape it down, overlapping the first edge.
(The “ends” are those sides of a rectangular box that are smaller than the others.)
4a: This time, grab 10-12 tape strips from the dispenser – in case you whiff it. Okay, here we go:
4b: First, decide whether you have too much paper on the ends. If so, trim a little by pushing the loose edges together and snip them off as evenly as possible.
4c: Now, crease the paper by folding it down from the short edges of the box in toward the middle and tape them down (if needed). The edges left “standing up” should form triangles that jut out along the long edges of the box.
4d. One at a time, take a triangle and fold the point down to give it a clean edge and secure it with tape. Be sure that the second triangle you fold down is neat and straight, and covers the end of the gift and any folding “mistakes” you may have made.
4e. Repeat steps 4b-4d on the other end.
Now that the hard part’s over, you can decorate your work of art with bows, ribbons, nametags and the like.
Ta da! And, don’t be afraid to tell the lucky recipient you wrapped it yourself. That’s a gift in itself these days.
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