Check out our latest video on “How to Wrap The Perfect Gift” or see below for step by step instructions.
HOW TO WRAP A GIFT: STEP BY STEP
First, find a box that fits your gift. Trust us, wrapping a box is a lot easier than wrapping a random-sized gift. Size up the box on top of your wrapping paper. (A somewhat heavier paper is best.)
Leave 2 inches (or a bit more) on either side.
Turn the box upside down and center on paper.
Bring the paper to the half-way point to the bottom of the box. Tape.
Rotate the box 90 degrees (halfway), cut, leaving another 2 inches of paper.
Place the box on its side and start taping down the edge by placing a piece of tape in the center of the paper. See video if this is a bit confusing. Crisp the edges of the paper.
Rotate the box and tape down the other open side.
Repeat on the other side .
Choose ribbon and cut approximately 8 times the length of your box, if you want to have a bow like we feature in the video.
With the box right-side up, center ribbon and flip the box. Twist the ribbon and bring it around the back to the front.
Thread both pieces (from different directions) under the existing ribbon.
Tie a bow as you would a shoelace. Make sure you tie the bow tightly.
Tie a second bow with the remaining ribbon. (This is why you need so much ribbon.)
Trim edges, doing a V cut with your scissors. (See video.)
You will now have two exposed knots from your two bows. Cut a “cover up” piece of ribbon (usually around 12 inches). Thread that piece of ribbon under both knots and tie a slip knot so the top is flat and both knots are now covered. V cut both those edges.
Fluff up the loops.
Attach an appropriate topper. Flowers, berries, twigs, whatever you like! (Michaels is a great resource for these types of things.
There you have it….the perfectly-wrapped gift!
We have received comments asking us where we get our supplies. See below for gift wrap, ribbon and toppers.
Gift Wrap – I love the beautiful papers from Caspari! (click on the image to order – sold in sets of 2)
Ribbon – I like to keep it simple and use grosgrain. (click on the image to order)
(Red, White & Green 1.5″ Grosgrain Ribbon – 50 Yards from Amazon)
Toppers – I like to use holly berries or large candy canes. (click on image to order)
(Amazing giant candy canes from Hammond in cherry, strawberry and sugar plum. Available at Amazon for $4.50.
Take the time to find toppers that express your personality or your recipient’s. They truly help make the gift. Giving a gift to a baker? Add a cute cookie cutter. A gardener? How about a tiny packet or two of seeds? You get the picture. Be creative and have fun with it…it will come across in your packaging.