How to Perfectly Wrap a Gift

Get those crisp corners and symmetrical ends with these easy tips.

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Cut Paper to Size

Use a sturdy gift wrap. Unroll, and place box on top, top side down. Wrap paper around box until it meets the other side of the paper (Image 1), and cut two inches beyond that mark (Image 2). On the ends, leave enough paper to extend to about three fourths the height of the box. Trim opposite side to match.

Wrap Box

Fold the long side in about one inch over the box, and tape (Image 1). Pull the other side taut, and crease the other edge to create a seam (Image 2). Once you create a seam, fold the excess under (Image 3), and sharply crease and tape using double-sided tape (so you have no visible tape).

Wrap Ends

Fold a triangle shape, and crease (Image 1). Fold end flaps in to create a cleaner triangle (Image 2). Tape top flap, then bottom with double-sided tape (Image 3). Repeat on the other end (Image 4).

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