How to Wrap a Gift Without Tape

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Don't worry about how you will wrap gifts for birthdays and over the holidays if you have decided to no longer keep tape in the house. Whether you want to prevent your young children from choking on it or you are cutting down on your use of tape to be eco-friendly, there are ways to artfully package presents that don't require tape. Experiment with the suggestions listed here to find your new signature method of gift wrapping, or constantly alternate one with the other to keep your creativity flowing.

Things You'll Need

  • Gift tissue Gift boxes with self-sealing flaps or lids Scissors Rolls of gift ribbon and curling ribbon Gift bags Silk scarves or pieces of cloth
  • Place your present in gift tissue before putting it in an attractively shaped and colored box with self-sealing flaps. This way, you don't have to worry about taping any wrapping paper in place. You can even use a plain brown box made out of recycled material and make it look enticing by tying brightly colored ribbon around the package. The ribbon is especially handy for securing boxes that have lids instead of self-sealing flaps.

  • Get colorful gift bags for items that either do not come in a box of their own or are too irregularly shaped to fit into a box. Roll the item securely in gift tissue before laying down another sheet. Place the item in the center of the sheet of gift tissue and gather the edges together so that the item is enclosed within. Place the item in the gift bag, allowing the edges of the second sheet of gift tissue to fluff out of the opening for a decorative touch. Leave as is or tie the gift bag handles together with curling ribbon.

  • Use a silk scarf or a large scrap of cloth instead of wrapping paper. Lay the scarf down and place the gift in the center; gather the ends of the scarf together above the gift so that your present is enclosed within the cloth. Cinch the scarf tightly either by knotting the ends or by tying a ribbon around the gathered area. If the gift does not come in its own box or is somewhat irregularly shaped, bundle it in gift tissue prior to wrapping it with the scarf (see Resources for a video).

  • Make the wrapping part of the gift. For instance, you can present your gift to a female recipient in a purse or handbag, or in a fashionable knapsack if your recipient is male. Give the recipient something to open by wrapping the presents inside with gift tissue instead of simply tossing them in, which leaves no room for surprises.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save the gift bags from presents you receive. As long as the bags still look decent, they can be recycled. Just make sure you use the bags for gifts meant for someone other than the one who originally gave you the bag.

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