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It’s true – we are all busy being the very best Christmas elves right now. Last minute shopping, preparing our menus, and creating the most magical family memories. Especially during the year we’ve all had. For some people, finding the perfect gifts is easy; wrapping those presents is the challenging part. Here are some tips on how to wrap the perfect gift for the Holidays and some of my favorite supplies for gift wrapping. We want you to feel comfortable wrapping a Christmas gifts.
Here are my favorite basics for gift wrapping
- Kraft paper / Kraft bags
- Wrapping paper
- Washi tape
- Double sided tape
- Cuttings or natural elements from the yard
Steps to wrapping the perfect gift for the Holidays
- Assemble your materials. All you need are scissors, tape, wrapping paper, a bow or some kind of festive frill (if you so desire), and, oh yeah, the present. If your gift isn’t already in a box, see if you can find a gift box that will give you smooth edges. This will make wrapping it neatly and much easier.
Use scissors that have only been used to cut paper, if you can. Sharp blades = clean-cut lines.
- Use the present to measure out how much wrapping paper you will need. Roll out your wrapping paper—but don’t cut it yet. Place the box or gift in the center of the unfurled paper, upside down, so the seams of the paper will end up on the bottom of the package. Bring the paper up one side and over the top of the box, all the way to the opposite edge. Estimate how much additional wrapping paper you’ll need to cover the side of the box that’s not yet covered, then cut the paper. Strive for long, even cuts; if your edge is jagged, fold it under for a smooth seam.
- Secure the paper to the box with tape. Center the box on the paper. Bring one side of the paper up the side and halfway across the top, affixing it to the box with a piece of tape.
- Fold the other side for a cleaner edge. Before bringing the second side of paper up and over the first, create a clean seam by folding over the last half-inch or so of the paper, using your fingers to create a tight crease. Now bring this side up so it just overlaps the first one and affix with tape.
Double-sided tape can be used for a cleaner look.
- Fold the paper on each side of the present. Starting on one end, fold down the top flap onto the side of the box, creating two little wings at the side. Flatten those in against the box, then fold the remaining triangle of paper up against the box. Fasten it in place with tape.
- Stand the box up and repeat folding to the other side. Set your box on end, with the side you just worked on facing down, and repeat step 5 on the opposite end.
- Add finishing touches. Add any ribbon, twine, gift tags, washi tape, cuttings or natural elements from the yard or decorative bows to your gift.
Tada!: You’ve just wrapped a present perfectly.
I hope you’re inspired to think outside the box for your holiday gifts! You can see how with just a few simple items you can create beautiful gifts. Pull out your gift-wrapping knowledge for all gift-giving occasions to come, and face last-minute gifts with the confidence that you can give them a good presentation in minutes. And talking about gift ideas have you checked out these fun scrapbooking holiday gift ideas you can make for yourself or gift to those you love? If you haven’t you must. So many ideas and supplies to have in hand.
Once you know how to wrap a present, you’ll know forever—though a quick refresher never hurts anyone. Tell us what are some of your favorite ways to wrap a present? Maybe you color code all of your presents during the holidays or personalize them according to the recipients. Share with us in the comment section below.