Beautifully wrapped presents look so enticing under the Christmas tree, with pretty paper and decorative bows and ribbons all adding to the festive feel.
Hand over a present that’s been carefully wrapped and you’ll be sure to get comments on your attention to detail and thoughtfulness.
But here’s the secret. Wrapping a gorgeous parcel needn’t take long, and as soon as you learn the basics you can move on from straightforward boxes to larger and trickier shapes.
Here’s my ten-step guide to wrapping a present they’ll love to receive:
Step one. Gather together everything you need. So this is your boxed gift, paper, scissors, ribbon and double-sided tape (your new best friend!)
Step two. Measure your paper by wrapping around the gift and allowing a little overlap of 5cm/2″. Cut away any excess.
Step three. Make sure the side edge should be no higher than the height of your box.
Step four. Fold the paper over at one end by 1cm/0.5″ and add a strip of double-sided tape along the top edge.
Step five. Bring the other edge of the paper over the box and stick the folded edge to it to disguise the seam.
Step six. Fold in the sides and tuck into place.
Step seven. Form an ‘envelope’ shape by folding in the sides.
Step eight. Add a professional finish and make it match at both ends by folding the paper over at the point where the diagonal lines meet the ‘envelope’.
Step nine. Fold inwards and add double-sided tape along the edge and stick into place to form a lovely neat finish.
Step ten. Add your chosen ribbon (I’ve finished mine off with a tailored flat bow) or a decoration.
My top tips
- Use good-quality wrapping paper and matching ribbons – they make all the difference.
- Experiment with different looks – even plain paper with the right accessories can look stunning. You could use wallpaper and small baubles or even sprigs of rosemary.
- Try double-sided sticky tape – it really does look so much better than normal Sellotape.
- Pay attention to detail. This means lining up patterns and sharpening edges for a lovely finish. And do cut away excess paper, leaving just enough.
- Make an occasion of your wrapping to get into the festive spirit!