How to Perfectly Wrap a Present

When I was a teenager, I worked at a drugstore that had a gift shop. We offered free gift wrapping, so I had to learn the proper way to wrap a gift. I did not know that it was a skill I would be using for the rest of my life. Today I am going to share with you the way that I was taught to wrap a gift.

First, you want to find a large, flat space to work on, such as a dining room table. If the gift is already in a box, you are ready to wrap. If not, wrap the gift in tissue paper and place it in a box.

Things You’ll Need

  • Box that the gift fits into, if needed
  • Tissue paper to protect the gift, if needed
  • Scissors
  • Transparent tape
  • Double-sided tape, optional
  • Gift wrap

Lay the box, top-side down, in the center of the wrapping paper. Wrap the paper around the box until it completely surrounds it. Then, cut the wrapping paper, leaving a couple of extra inches.

Measure the wrapping paper on the ends of the box. It should reach a little more than halfway up the side. Do the same for the opposite end, and then cut the wrapping paper.

Wrap the paper a little more than halfway around the box and tape it in place on the top of the box.

Now work on the opposite side. To make a clean edge, make a small fold along the edge of the paper. For a clean look, place a couple of pieces of double-sided tape along the edge, rather than using transparent tape. Fold the side up and press on the double-sided tape to secure it to the top of the box.

Next comes the ends of the box. Fold each side into the center, making a crease along the top and bottom flaps. Tape the sides in place.

Fold the top flap down and hold it in place with a piece of tape.

Finally, fold up the bottom flap. Again, make a small fold for a cleaner edge, and tape in place with double-sided tape.

Cover the other side, add ribbons and bows, and your gifts are ready to be delivered. If you are trying to wrap a difficult item such as a ball, use a gift bag instead.

Photo Credits: Tonia Larson