12 Days of Christmas: How to Wrap a Gift

Do you find yourself giving gifts with gift bags and tissue paper? If you want to switch it up or want to learn new skills check out this guide to wrapping gifts.
Video by Mark Watola

Materials Needed:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Optional: Pen or pencil

Time: 5-10 minutes per gift

This is the easiest wrapping method for a box. For oddly shaped packaging, you can place it in a box, go with a gift bag, or use this guide as an outline and adapt as needed.

Placing box on wrapping paper

Unroll your wrapping paper and place the smallest side of the gift on the paper, close to the end-corner of the paper.

Measuring required gift wrap by rolling the box

Measure each side of the box. “Roll” the small side onto the large side then onto the next smaller side. Mark with a pen or notch with scissors. Leave a little extra room for good measure.

Measuring and marking the next set of wrapping paper measurements
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Place the box between the left edge and right, marking on the edge close to you. Measure the other sides of the box by “rolling” the box away from you on each side of the box, toward the roll 4 times.

Mark with a pen or notch with scissors. Draw lines from the markings until they form a corner. Use the edge of the box to keep straight lines.

Cutting gift wrap away from the roll

Next, carefully cut the paper from the roll.

Taping wrapping paper to the box
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Place the box in the center and bring one side up and over the top of the box. Bring the other side over and tape the sides together.

Trimming excess wrapping paper
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Now for sides. If there is excess paper, cut it away but make sure to have enough to cover the side of the gift. Create a 45-degree angle by pressing the sides of the paper toward the box.

Creating points to tape down
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This creates two points. Bring them together and tape them down.

Taping points down to box

Repeat the previous steps for the other side.

Finished wrapped gift

Done! Now add ribbons and bows if you like. Remember the tags or labels so you know who the gift is going to!

Don’t expect to get it just right on your first try. Practice makes perfect. And remember, the paper will be torn away eventually. Have fun wrapping your presents!

Let us know if you have a certain way of wrapping your gifts in the comments below!

Mark Watola
Mark Watola

Mark graduated with a B.S in Communications from Kennesaw State University in 2020. Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from 2012 to 2016, Mark operated as a Photojournalist and Correspondent at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Office. Learning from his time in the military, Mark prides himself on having an adaptable and mission-based mindset with a willingness to work cooperatively to craft quality content.

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