A tastefully wrapped gift box demonstrates that you gave your present-giving some extra thought. A little tissue paper can be used to stuff irregularly shaped gifts and delicate objects like apparel into rectangular gift boxes because many gifts already arrive in their own boxes. Once you've decided on the ideal gift, choose some stunning paper and a coordinating ribbon to present it in an expertly wrapped package that could even be too pretty to open!
Part 1: Wrapping Paper Around the Box
1. On a sizable, flat working area, unroll the wrapping paper.
You'll have ample room to work on a clean floor or kitchen table. Keeping the wrapping paper on its roll, unwind it to a length of approximately an arm's length. Put it on the work surface with the ornamental side facing up.
Place a few light items, such as your tape roll and scissors, to serve as temporary paperweights. To keep the paper in place and keep it from rolling back up, paste these into the corners and close to the tube.
2 . Put the gift box on the back of the paper upside down.
The top of the box should be in contact with the "wrong side" of the wrapping paper when you turn the box over. Make sure the paper extends past either side of the gift box while arranging the box so that the long side is parallel to the cut end of the wrapping paper.
You should leave around 4 to 5 in (10 to 13 cm) of paper on each short side of a typical shirt box. More paper will be needed on both sides of deeper compartments.
If the box is too long for this positioning, rotate it 45 degrees so that the short end is parallel to the paper's cut end.
To prevent it from being jostled, properly cushion the gift within with tissue paper (particularly if it is fragile).
Even though it's not required, you might use a piece of matte gift wrap tape on either side to secure the gift box's lid.
3. To establish how much paper has to be cut, fold the paper around the box.
Line up the cut end of the paper with the box's outer edge when you pick up the paper and draw it over the box (closest to the wrapping paper tube). While you do this, you might need to slide the box down the paper in the direction of the tube. The paper should now completely encircle the box once you touch the cut edge of the paper to the box's base. At this location, make a thin line with a pen or pencil.
Or, you might calculate the box's circumference using a ruler or tape measure and mark it out on the reverse side of the wrapping paper.
4. To accommodate folding and overlapping, provide an extra 3 inches of wrapping paper.
On the back of the wrapping paper, make a straight line with a pen or pencil using a ruler or yardstick.
Some wrapping paper is sold with lines drawn on the back. If yours already has lines, simply adhere to the one that is closest to your 3 in (7.6 cm) mark.
5. Cut along the drawn line with scissors.
For a smooth, clean cut on the majority of wrapping papers, make a notch first, then move the open scissors over the paper's breadth. With the scissors pointed away from your body and the blades reasonably close together, hold the end of the paper that is closest to your body taut.
If you do this, some wrapping papers, especially those that are thin or stiff, may snag and shred. Instead, you can just quickly and cleanly cut the paper along the line.
6. One of the box's long sides should be covered with paper before being taped down.
The box should be repositioned such that its edges are parallel to the cut paper's edges. At the box's long end, grab the wrapping paper on one side. Pull it up and over so that it covers the box's upward-facing side by about 2 inches (5.1 cm). Directly tape the paper's edge to the box. The corners of the box should be creased using your thumb and index finger.
You can either use matte gift wrap tape on the top edge, overlapping the paper and box, or you can use double-sided tape straight along the inside edge of the paper.
Use a piece of tape that is about 2 in (5.1 cm) long in either case. Use two or three pieces to hold the paper in place on a long box.
7. Wrap the opposite side of paper around the box
Overlap the taped-down portion as you wrap the box with the paper's reverse side in order to completely enclose the box's edge and fold the remaining piece of paper over it. Flip the paper's raw cut edge over by one inch (2.5 cm). You'll tuck the cut edge under so that the remaining crease is clean and straight. Overlap this flap with the portion of the paper that has previously been taped to the box before adhering it.
By doing this, the folded edge should be placed at or very close to the box's corner. This will be the bottom of your gift box, but it will still be finished in a tidy and lovely manner.
Part 2: Corner and Side Folding of Paper
1. Fold the left and right paper flaps in the direction of the box's center.
On a typical shirt box, you will see long flaps extending from the left and right sides of the box and large flaps of paper on the top and bottom of the box. The left and right flaps should be angled so that they hug the box's corners and point horizontally in that direction. Use your thumb and index finger to round these corners.
The paper will now be folded at a 45-degree angle, with triangular flaps at the top and bottom.
2. Push the top flap down around the side of the box.
When you angle the top triangular flap downward, make a sharp crease along the top border of the box with your fingertips. It should overlap the left and right sections you just folded inward and completely cover the side of the box.
You can now clip the excess paper from the top flap if it greatly overlaps the bottom flap of the paper.
3. The bottom flap's raw cut edge should be turned under.
You can make it as nice as you can by making a creased fold in a straight line since this area will be visible. If any of the box's interior components might be visible, tuck the raw edge over by 12 to 1 in (1.3 to 2.5 cm), making sure that there is still enough paper to cover those areas. Using your fingertips, make a rigid crease.
4. The bottom flap should be taped after being wrapped so that it hugs the box's side.
One piece of tape can be applied to the center of the tip, depending on how narrow the bottom flap is. Consider applying tape to both the corners and the center if it is wide. Once more, wrinkle the box's edges to draw attention to the corners.
Step 3: Adding a Ribbon Bow to the Present
1. Cut a ribbon piece that is five times as long as the box.
Use any fabric or plastic ribbon you like, including the ribbon used for gift wrapping. Measure out five times the length of a ribbon while holding it up against the long side of your wrapped gift box.
While choosing your ribbon, think beyond the box. Metallic ribbons can add a striking touch to pastel or jewel-toned wrapping paper. Particularly when used with plain brown Kraft paper, twine can produce a comfortable, rustic impression.
In order to curl the ends of the curling ribbon into a bouncy ribbon bundle, measure out a slightly longer length if you're using it.
2. Place the box on top of the ribbon's middle, face down.
Align the ribbon with the box's "waistline" to complete the look. Draw them together such that they intersect at the box's base's horizontal and vertical centers (which are facing upwards).
3. The ribbon ends should be crossed before being wrapped the other way around the box.
The ribbon ends should be crossed in the box's center. Turn them in opposite directions at right angles so that they interlock. Then wind the ribbon around the box cross-wise, flipping the box right-side up as you do so.
If you had wrapped the ribbon around the box in a long, spiral motion, you should now wrap it in a short, spiral motion.
4. Ribbon ends should be tucked under the portion of the ribbon that is flat against the box.
Both ends should be slid under the taut ribbon at the box's horizontal and vertical centers. Now, the ribbon ought to resemble a cross.
5. To make a simple bow, knot the ribbon ends together in the middle.
Tie a single overhand knot around the taut length of the ribbon while holding the loose ribbon ends upright. Then you can make a straightforward bow. Exactly as you would when tying your shoelaces, proceed.
If you're using a broader ribbon, you can either cut a stylish V-shaped notch or neatly angle the ends to a 45-degree angle.
Before you tie the overhand knot and bow, if you want to include a hanging gift tag in your wrapping, pass one of the ribbons ends through the loop of the tag.
For a festive finishing touch, tuck a sprig of berries or branches inside the bow.