Professional looking gift wrappings are really easy to do. You need scissors and clear tape (not magic tape, it shows too much), lots of tape and a little bit of patience (not a lot).
The first thing to do is put the gift in a box of some kind. This automatically makes it easy to do a good job. I keep my boxes from year to year to year, so I always have lots. I also use anything that is the right size. Shoe boxes, Tea boxes, cereal boxes etc are all grist to my mill. Whatever logo is on the box, usually has nothing whatsoever to do with the contents!
place your box on the paper
Place the box across the paper as shown. Place the edge of the box slightly less than the thickness of the box, from the edge. At the other side, fold the paper up along the side of the box and mark. Lay the paper down and roll the roll to the mark. Draw a guide line right along where the roll meets the mark, using the roll as a straight edge or ruler. Cut along the line and put the roll aside
start at the bottom
Make sure the box is centred on the paper. Pull the bottom edge up to just past the centre of the box and tape into place. Then fold the top edge over so that when it is wrapped, it covers the first edge. Crease the fold with your finger. Make sure that the outside edges overlap evenly, if not shift the box a little (without untaping if possible) and try again. When the edges are even, tug on the paper a little so that it is nice and snug, not sloppy. Tape the centre down firmly.
Nice, neat ends are easy
Place the box so the seam is on top. Start at one end. Push the top edge down and crease, right to the sides. Tape it down in the centre. Make an angled crease at each end as shown and crease it neatly with your thumb and finger. (Always press every fold and it will come out so much more neatly) Each neatly creased fold makes the next step easier and neater too.
Fold the sides in and finger press
Fold in each of the sides and finger press, then tape into place.
Fold the bottom edge
Fold up the bottom edge so that when it is folded up the folds make a perfect triangle — see the next picture.
Tape each corner and the centre for the best result
Finished end (bottom side is up in the picture)
Now to tie a simple bow properly
Take a dollar store spool of wired ribbon. Find the middle. Place that on the front side and bring both end around to the back. Before you cross them, measure them out with your eyes to make sure that one end is slightly longer than the other. Now cross them and bring them around to the front.
How to make the tie come out straight with the tails the same length
Wrap the shorter end so that it comes out behind the knot and the longer end is on top of the knot. Grab the shorter end and make a loop with the tail on top and facing you. Wrap the longer end around the loop from above (over your finger holding the other loop) going from right to left. Tuck it under the front loop but over the knot. Pull snugly. If the loops are too big and the tails too short, start again but makes the loops smaller at the beginning.
Puff up the loops and bend the tails into a pretty bend. Cut the ends into a V and tape the tail to the paper with a little roll of tape underneath.
Ta-Da, one beautiful gift.
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