Gift Wrap Techniques

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Wrapping gifts is a challenge for many people. After choosing and purchasing a special gift for someone, take the time and effort to wrap it nicely so that it looks special when it is wrapped, too. After you learn basic gift wrap techniques, you can go on to making your gifts look exciting and creative.

Gift Wrap

  • Select the gift wrap. The gift wrap can be simply standard wrapping paper, or you can get creative and use different materials to wrap a gift. If using standard gift wrap, higher-quality gift wrap is thicker and will produce better wrapping results.

    Consider the size of the gift when selecting a gift wrap. Smaller gifts look better when wrapped with gift wraps with smaller patterns. Larger gifts can be wrapped attractively with gift wraps with larger patterns.

    For alternative gift wraps, consider brown grocery bags. Cut apart the bags and use the plain sides. Embellish the bags with some ink stamps and stickers. Another alternative gift wrap is fabric. Wrap the gift in fabric and secure the fabric with a long satin ribbon tied in a big bow. Use an interesting map or the Sunday comics to wrap a gift, or use an old wallpaper remnant.

Wrap the Gift

  • Lay out the gift wrap with the wrong side facing up, and place the gift on top of the gift wrap, in the center. Pull the left and right sides over the gift snugly, and tape them at the center point of the gift. Slide the gift inside the gift wrap to make sure that the gift wrap extending out from the sides of the gift is even on both sides. Fold in the left and right sides of wrapping paper on one side of the gift and crease. By folding in the sides of the wrapping paper, you will create triangular shapes in the top and bottom pieces of wrapping paper. Fold up the bottom piece of wrapping paper, and then fold down the top piece of wrapping paper. Adjust the folds so that they are neat, and tape securely. Repeat with the other side. For a finishing touch, run your fingers along the box edges to crease the paper and create a professionally wrapped appearance.

Irregular Shapes

  • There are several options for wrapping gifts with irregular shapes. The easiest solution for an odd-shaped gift is to place it into a basic box and then wrap the box in the standard fashion.

    A bottle-shaped gift can be wrapped by placing the bottle onto a sheet of wrapping paper. Fold up the edges of the wrapping paper around the bottle, crease the wrapping paper so that it fits snugly around the bottle, and tie a ribbon around the wrapping paper at the neck of the bottle. If the bottle is fragile, consider wrapping a sheet of bubble wrap around the bottle before wrapping it in paper.

    Using a gift bag is also an easy way to wrap an irregular gift. Line the gift bag with coordinating tissue paper, place the gift into the bag and arrange the tissue paper so that it is poking out of the top of the gift bag in an attractive way.

Embellish the Gift

  • After the gift has been wrapped with some sort of wrapping paper, don't forget to add the finishing touches. Wrap ribbon around the gift, and place a big bow on top. Or, instead of a bow, place a large silk flower on the top of the gift. Make a nametag out of scrapbooking supplies and attach it to the gift with a ribbon.

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