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How To Wrap a Present

Updated on August 13, 2014

Wrapping a present can be fun and result in a beautifully wrapped gift in several easy steps

Wrapping a beautiful gift can be difficult if you don't know what you're doing. These simple steps will make it easy to make a beautiful present every time. Receiving any gift is exciting but it's even more fun to get a really pretty one. Many people gives gift bags these days because they're easier but it really is more fun to unwrap a present. Taking the effort to make it special shows you really care. Whether you need to wrap a gift for a birthday, Christmas, or any other occasion, follow these steps and you'll create a perfectly wrapped gift in minutes.

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What you will need to beautifully wrap a present

1. Wrapping Paper

2. Tape

3. Scissors

4. Bow

5. Ribbon (optional)

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Step 1: Cutting the wrapping paper

This sounds like an easy step but it is probably the most important. You need to start with a good foundation with the right sized paper with straight lines or it can throw everything off.

Cutting the Width:

Place the gift on the paper and pull the paper around until you see how much you need to cover the entire package leaving a little extra.

If the roll comes with lines drawn on the inside then cut along the closest line to ensure a straight edge. If the backing is just white then either follow the pattern on the front of the paper or use a ruler to ensure a straight line.

Tip: Make sure to use sharp scissors to get a clean cut. A jagged edge will reduce the ascetics of the present.

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Cutting the Height:

Now that you have the width, pull the long or height edge of the paper over the edge of the gift so that it completely covers that side. Then pull it up around the other side to cover as well. Press down along this side to create a crease showing how much extra paper needs to be removed.

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Cut off excess paper along the crease.

Note: Some people will be tempted to leave this extra paper but it will be much harder if not impossible to get tight creases in the corners if you have too much extra paper.

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Wrapping Paper

Having a beautiful wrapping paper will make a big difference in how pretty the package ends up. Colorful papers are always a festive choice.

Step 2: Taping the wrapping paper onto the gift

Hold the paper tight on the back of the package and pull the other side over. Make any adjustments so that the line goes down the center of the present in a straight and tight line. Place a piece of tape along this seam in the middle. Depending on the length of the gift you may want to put a couple additional pieces along the seam so that it stays flat.

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Shift the package inside the paper so that both ends have an equal amount of paper. Push the paper flat along one side and put a piece of tape on the side of the package to hold the pieces together. Then fold down the corners at the top flaps. Make sure the edges are tight and secure with a piece of tape. Then fold the remaining triangle at the bottom of the package up. Make sure the bottom edges are tight and secure in the center with a piece of tape.

Repeat for the other side.

Tip: Use gift wrap tape so that it disappears and you don't see the tape.

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Step 3: Bows and Gift Decorations

If you'd like to use ribbon take the end of the ribbon and place it on the center of the package. Wrap it around the width and when it reaches the other side cut and then tape down. .

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Repeat for the length. If you'd prefer you can skip this step and just put a bow on it

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Remove the backing from the bow and place in the center of the gift.

You can really have fun with this step if you wish. There are all sorts of decorations you can get to go on a present to dress it up and make it beautiful. But this guide just shows a standard ribbon and bow.

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Finished Product-Beautifully Wrapped Present

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Video showing How to Wrap a Gift

She uses a slightly different technique.

Do you have any tips for wrapping a perfect present?

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Everyone needs to know how to do this!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens on a topic that can help everyone. Really beautiful lens with lots of interesting content.

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      Actually this is a cute lens not everyone has the ability to wrap a gift. My children counted on mom to do their wrapping but now they are on their own. You come up with so many varieties :) Hope all is well? Hugs!

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      aleesya_aqilah 4 years ago

      thank you for ur ideas

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      I use (a lot of) double-sided tape, and the hub complains that gifts a re almost impossible to unwrap :-> . I do believe the trait is carried on the X chromosome, and that I inherited it from my mother....

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I love the tips on wrapping the perfect present. And now I will be able to do it like the pros do.

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. I still have to practice a lot to be able to wrap presents beautifully.

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      aussiejon 4 years ago

      Great guide, wish i had come across it before Christmas! My wrapping attempts are truly hideous lol, it does provide some humor on Christmas day though when my family marvel at my feeble attempts :)

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great step-by-step guide to help people wrap gifts. I enjoy wrapping presents. Though, when it's an odd shape it can be difficult in which case, I guess the best option is to put it in a box and wrap it up, or use a gift bag.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I am terrible at gifts wrapping. Luckily I am married:)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I used to wrap boxes and didn't mind it but now I usually use gift bags. The paper you used was very nice indeed!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I love wrapping gifts!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @anonymous: Whenever possible I put things in boxes. They do come out much nicer and are way easier to wrap. Sometimes it's just not possible and then you have to get creative when wrapping the present:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Do you put everything in nice square boxes. Wrapping is not my specialty, but I do like my presents to look nice. I try to talk Ingrid into wrapping all the presents that are weird shapes. She's better at it than I am.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      I can manage the simple shapes but it is the more complicated presents which defeat me. Often wonder whether to get a square box to make wrapping look good.

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      wattyan 5 years ago

      Simple and easy! Thanks for sharing.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      I've never been a great gift wrapper. Really helpful lense.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      I don't really enjoy wrapping gifts, so now I use bags instead.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I should start preparing for their children are looking for Christmas gifts, useful information, thank you for sharing. :)

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Wrapping presents... This is something i was always lousy at! But with this set of tips maybe I still have a chance:-)

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      I take on this job sometimes - in an emergency - and like the idea. This lens throws some good light on how to do it and adds a tip or two which will be useful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I love wrapping Christmas gifts...I have a cup of tea, put on the Christmas music and take my time to make sure everything looks good.

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      webscan 5 years ago

      I prefer to unwrap presents - given to me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a Lens in which the Whole Family should Read, Wrapping Gofts look easy but the Reality is something totally different! This is a Great Resource! ;)

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings. I am absolutely awful at this and am crossing my fingers that this will cure my affliction!

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      I always struggle when wrapping gifts but your lens made it look and sound so easy. Thanks for the tips.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      It takes a bit of practice to wrap presents "picture perfect". Love your photos and instructions!

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      emdinesh 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @soaringsis: The crease really helps me:)

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @Pam Irie: I totally agree!

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      You make it look so easy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a skill I've never been able to master. I will try putting your tips to use. Love the Tiffany Stained Glass paper - beautiful.

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Great tips. I never thought of making that crease. Thanks for sharing.

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      Trixiesmom2u 5 years ago

      You make it look so easy! I will try it but my Xmas gifts always look awful.

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Simple and easy steps for wrapping gifts

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      A nicely wrapped gift makes it twice as special. :)

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      As a man, I need these skills! Thanks for the guide.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, i sometimes have problems with wrapping presents that aren't in the boxes, aren't flat ;)

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      flm_online 5 years ago

      I like what you show for a "pretty" wrap job but sometimes I prefer to make it look messy on purpose...or maybe I should just follow your lesnse and admit that I do not know how to wrap very good

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      Badbreathguy 5 years ago

      Wrapping presents is definitely a skill which needs to be learned. It helps if you have a lot of patience beforehand, and at the same time think through how you are going to wrap the gift. Where the gift is for children I also try to make opening the present easy. Nice and useful lens.

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      MizzMary 5 years ago

      I usually leave all of the wrapping to my husband, but you make it look so easy that I will give it a go next time.

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      A great guide on how to wrap gifts. Luckily I don't need to do it too often, as usually my wife wraps the gifts and the times I get a present for her, I ask mostly in the shop if they can wrap it for me. I will try and improve on it with your guide.

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      I can use all the tips I can get lol. I hate wrapping presents! I have no patience and it shows ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nicely presented. I always love wrapping presents.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @Virginia Allain: I just checked out your gift wrapping page and it was really well done. I've added it as a featured lens since I think it goes well with my page.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You did a great job telling and showing how to wrap a present. I have a similar page but it focuses more on making your own gift wrap. Good info here.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Lovely photo of the finished gift