How to Gift Wrap the Front Door for Christmas

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Gift-wrapping the front door is a traditional way to make the exterior of your home festive for the holidays. It plays upon one of the major themes of Christmas and transforms the entryway of your home into an enormous gift. Although gift- wrapping your door is relatively easy, you should take certain precautions to make sure that the wrapping doesn't come off or tear when you use your door.

Things You'll Need

  • Two-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Step stool
  • Christmas wrapping paper: 36 inches by 82 inches
  • X-acto knife or comparable knife
  • Clear packing tape
  • Ribbon
  • Puffy bow (matching color of ribbon)

Step 1

Cut 30 to 40 pieces of two-sided tape and put them along the perimeter of your front door.

Step 2

Cut a piece of Christmas-themed wrapping paper that is 36 inches wide and 82 inches long. The standard size of a door in the United States is 36 by 80 inches. You want to make your piece of wrapping paper slightly longer so you can secure it at the top and bottom of your door.

Step 3

Hold your piece of wrapping paper in front of your door, but an inch higher. Check to make sure it is not crooked. Press your wrapping paper evenly and smoothly against the door. Stop when you get to the doorknob.

Step 4

Cut the paper that covers your doorknob away in a circular motion to reveal your doorknob completely.

Step 5

Press the remainder of the wrapping paper against your door in a smooth and even fashion.

Step 6

Climb on your step stool and press the inch of wrapping paper down against the flat part at the top of the door. Make an even crease.

Step 7

Apply clear packing tape to the crease, securing it to the door. Add more packing tape so that the entire flat section of the top of the door is covered in tape. This will ensure that wrapping paper does not come off when you open and close the door.

Step 8

Fold the extra inch of paper against the flat part at the bottom of the door. Secure it in place with clear packing tape. Cover all of the bottom part of the door so that wrapping paper does not tear off when you open and close the door.

Step 9

Cut a piece of ribbon that is 82 inches long. Cut another piece that is 38 inches long.

Step 10

Stand on your step stool and tape your longer piece of ribbon to the top flat part of the door with clear packing tape. Be sure to position it in the exact middle of your door.

Step 11

Press the ribbon flush against your door and secure it at the bottom of the door. Tape it to the flat bottom part of the door with packing tape.

Step 12

Hold your shorter piece of ribbon about an inch above your doorknob. Tape it in place with clear packing tape to the flat part on the right side of the door.

Step 13

Press this shorter piece of ribbon flush against the door, stretching it to the other side. Carefully slide the ribbon into the crack, where the hinges meet the door. Go around to the other side of the door and tape the ribbon in place with clear packing tape.

Step 14

Tape a puffy bow to the intersection of the long and short pieces of ribbon.

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