Christmas How-To: Wrapping Presents

XmasHowTo In the first installment of our ‘How To…’ series, we will take a look at how to wrap presents. To some it’s a doddle, but for others it’s a chore that fills them with dread.

In 7 steps, we will talk you through how you wrap presents, and even add a little flourish at the end. Our guide comes courtesy of instructables.com (Source), and includes a helpful gallery of images.

1. Measure and Cut

May sound like an obvious step, but it’s as good a point as any to start!

Place the gift in the middle of the wrapping paper, ensuring that you have enough space for the left and right sides to meet in the middle with a little overlap.

2. The First Folds

Fold one side of the paper into the middle, and bring the other side in as well, so it overlaps. Tape into place.

If your cutting isn’t especially neat, you can slightly fold the edge of one of the sides of the paper so it displays a neater edge when taped into place.

3. The Bottom Edge

Depending on the gift you’re wrapping, you may have some excess paper on the top and bottom of the paper. Trim according, ensuring enough paper is left for the next step.

Fold one edge in, and crimp into place. Repeat the same on the other side. You should end up with a “V” shape, or a “\__/” shape depending on the amount of paper. Fold the top flap down, and overlap the bottom edge over it. Tape into place.

4. Repeat

Repeat step 3 with the top of the present. After this step, the present is basically wrapped, and you could stop here if you wish. However, steps 5, 6 and 7 will help embellish your gift.

5. Crimp

In order to make the edge nice and neat, run your thumb and index finger along every edge, crimping slightly.

6. Add a Bow

The easiest step! Bows can be bought which have adhesive stickers on the back, so the bow can be placed wherever you wish.

7. Add Ribbon

The final step: Add a ribbon by wrapping around the gift. When the ribbon meets, twist the strands together and wrap around the gift again, at a 90 degree angle to the first wraparound. Do a double knot to keep the ribbon in place and add a bow to hide the knot.

 

There you have it! A simple guide to wrapping presents this year. Are there any tricks that you’ve learnt to help with wrapping? Let us know in the comments.