How to Wrap a Gift

We only used five pieces of tape to wrap this present. Read on to learn how we did it! We'll also show you how to wrap a present if you don't have enough paper.

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Yes, there is a correct way to wrap a present! Spread some holiday cheer with this step-by-step guide for how to wrap a gift.

Tools Required

  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Materials Required

  • Present Box
  • Wrapping Paper

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Make the wrapping part of the gift itself with a beautifully wrapped present. It’s easy to wrap a present if you make all your folds and cuts carefully and when you’re done, top it off with a bow!

Spread some holiday cheer with this step-by-step guide for how to wrap a gift. We’ll also show you how to wrap a present if you don’t have enough paper.

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Step 1

Measure Out the Paper

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Measure out wrapping paper by rolling the present box width wise along the rolled out paper. Do not cut the wrapping paper from the roll just yet. Instead, place the box in the middle of the wrapping paper top side down and make sure the paper goes all the way up both sides when folded. Check out these handy DIY gift wrap ideas.

Step 2

Cut the Paper

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Once the paper is measure out, cut wrapping paper with a safety design paper cutter along the grid line that is closest to the top side of the box. If your wrapping paper doesn't have a grid line to cut to, use the edge of the wrapping paper roll to cut a straight line.

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Step 3

Fold Over One Edge

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Next, center the box on the paper and fold over one end along the length of the box. This creates a neat edge for taping later.  Here's the best way to keep wrapping paper organized.

Step 4

Tape Along Folded Seam

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To make the wrapping have clean-edges do not tape the paper directly to the box. Instead, tape the folded seam along the paper on the edge of the box. This method gives the present wrapping a more professional look. Finish taping along this side of the present.

Step 5

Tuck in the Paper on the Corners

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To prevent the box from sliding while wrapping the sides, place the box on its side. Next, push down the paper on either side edge of the box, so the paper holds the box in place. Check out these alternatives to ordinary wrapping paper.

Step 6

Fold the End and Tape the Flaps Together

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Lay the present flat once again. Once the ends are hugging the corners of the box, you will notice four triangle shape folds on each of the box's corners. Use your fingers to crease each fold and fold the upper and lower flap together. Bring the lower flap up to box and crease the overhang and tuck it under the paper and secure with tape.

Step 7

Repeat on the Other Side

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Turn the box around and repeat this exact same process on the other side of the present. Push the present corners inward. Crease all triangle folds and tape the folds together. Conceal the folds with tape. Are you a minimalist? If so, here are 13 holiday decorating ideas you’ll appreciate.

Step 8

Crisp the Paper Edges

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For crisp edges, crease all sides of the box with fingertips. Use your fingertips and not your fingernails to crease the edges. Stay organized with this gift wrap organizer.

Step 9

How to Wrap a Present if You Don't Have Enough Paper

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Place the present in the middle of the wrapping paper at a diagonal. Make sure each side of wrapping paper meets each corner of the present. Family Handyman is here to help with our favorite holiday hacks for your home.

Step 10

Fold Corners In

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Fold the wrapping paper corners in and tape them to the present box.

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Step 11

Fold Edges Flush

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Fold the edges of the wrapping paper up on the side until they are flush with the edge of the box. Secure with tape. Repeat this step on the other side of the present.

Step 12

Fold in Final Edge

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With the final edge, repeat the same idea of folding the bottom corners in enough, so that the bottom edges will lay flush against the adjoining corners. Check out these unexpected Christmas present hiding places.

Step 13

Secure With Tape

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Fold the final flap in across the top of the box and secure it with tape. We've got some great gift ideas for all of the people on your list this year.