Today’s post shares how to gift wrap when you want to keep the box lid and base separate. Your gifts will look better, and you’ll LOVE reusing them year after year.
How to gift wrap? Isn’t this a topic that is tired and beat around the block a few thousand times? Yes and no. I’m going to show you a different way, that perhaps you’ve never seen.
I admit, this probably isn’t going to be the favorite for your kiddos who LOVE ripping the wrapping paper off their gifts. Then crawling through mounds of wrapping paper and ribbon to find their next treasure under the tree or next to their birthday cake.
That’s true. But hear me out.
For those of us who LOVE to wrap really pretty gifts almost as much as we LOVE watching people gasp when they see them, this is for YOU.
Does it hurt a bit to watch your beautifully presented gifts be torn apart? It hurts me, lol. I exclaim, “Do you know how to wrap like that? What went into it? And you just open it like it’s a present waiting for you to rip open?”
Haha, of course they open it. I was just (kinda) kidding. BUT, what if there was a better way. If you can learn how to wrap in a way that preserves the beauty of your creation?
And then there’s also the pain of watching 6 or 7 giant garbage bags full of ripped up wrapping paper and bows go out of the house each Christmas. It makes my heart ACHE! Or the lost game pieces when birthday present wrapping remnants are tossed hiding that missing piece inside.
The bonus, at the bottom, is a link party.
I love link parties and seem to be doing them all the time lately.
This one is a little different though because YOU can participate too
even if you’re not a blogger.
Just add a photo of your most triumphant wrapping job for everyone to admire.
You just might be the inspiration behind another person’s perfect gift presentation!
NOTE: This link party is open from December 9 to 25, 2020.
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Gathering your supplies
The supplies you need are what’s expected with just a few suggestions that may be slightly different than what you use now.
You can just buy basic gift boxes. I’m showing this method of wrapping using regular old gift boxes that you find multi-packs at Christmas.
This specific post shows how to wrap gift boxes that have a bottom and lid that are separate.
You need to buy GOOD wrapping paper. Not the kind that rips as soon as you try to cut it. For great prices, Costco has good quality although the selection is pretty limited.
Hallmark has great quality wrapping paper. It isn’t cheap yet when you aren’t buying more every year, you can spend a little bit more upfront. I like Hallmark because most of it has a grid on the back to make cutting in a straight line much easier! If not a grid, then it’s reversible and that’s fun too!
Sugar Paper Wrapping Paper sold at Target is always a favorite. It’s readily available at Christmastime yet harder to find the rest of the year. Note: stock up! Their Christmas selections are often season neutral.
Homegoods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx are also good places to find decent wrapping paper. Just make sure it’s NOT thin. If you find a brand they carry that is a nice weight, stick with that brand.
If you’re using single rolls of tape, only buy double-sided. Yes, it’s a bit of a headache but it’s so much better in the final presentation.
Better yet, add to it a Scotch Automatic Tape Gun. This, my friend, is a “must-have” that most people “don’t-have” at home. You”ll still want the single rolls on hand but once you get used to a tape gun, you’ll be hooked.
If you follow what I do here, you can get away with just double-sided tape but having the tape gun is a nice plus!
I have fond memories of my mum wrapping gifts. She never used scissors. Always a long chef or slicing knife. She would fold the paper, and then run the blade along the inside of the fold. It worked well for her and I sometimes do that too.
Better option though, a decent pair of scissors. Nothing fancy there!
Add to this some cutting supplies that I really suggest you have in your craft closet.
- Self-Healing Cutting Mat
- Rotary Cutter with Extra Blades
- Quilters’ Ruler
- Clear Grid Ruler
- Sewing Clips or Office Supply Binder Clips
Having some felt on hand to line the top and bottom of the box is nice but totally optional.
Nothing that’s shocking in this list, right? Now let’s get down to business!
How to wrap a gift for REUSE
How to wrap using this method takes 7 steps for each part of the box (lid and bottom). The magic in these steps is that you won’t see the tape and the corners are nice and neat. There’s a tiny bit of math and some folding but nothing that you can’t handle!
1. Measure, calculate, and cut wrapping paper
Write down the following three measurements:
To calculate the dimensions to cut your wrapping paper, plug in the width and length into this measurement:
(Width OR Length) + 1“ + (4″ x Height)
Here’s an example:
8″ + 1″ + (4″ x 1 ¹/₄”) = 14″
11″ + 1″ + (4″ x 1 ¹/₄”) = 17″
Cut piece of wrapping paper that is 14″ x 17″
In the past, I always guesstimated the dimensions of the wrapping paper. The method of how to wrap shown here is best with a little more accurate measurements as you get familiar with the process. Then you can go back to the guesstimation technique.
2. Cut open the corners of the box bottom
With a pair of scissors, cut each corner of the box bottom so it can open up flat. This one step is the key for how to wrap the top and bottom separately.
Then tape down the little tabs left inside each corner.
3. Tape the box to the center of the wrapping paper
One more quick calculation. You already have the measurement for the height, so just plug it in here: (H” x 2) + ¹/₂”. Here’s our example:
(1 ¹/₄” x 2) + ¹/₂” = 3″
Now from two perpendicular sides of the wrapping paper, draw lines that are the measurement you calculated (3″ in our example) from the edges.
Now line up the box with these lines and draw around it on the wrong side of the wrapping paper.
Apply tape about a ¹/₂” inside the perimeter lines you just drew. Shown here with the dashed rectangle.
Now press the box bottom to line up with the perimeter line you drew. Press to secure the tape evenly.
4. Create fold lines
Not only are you learning how to wrap in a new way, but you also get to practice your origami skills, lol.
With the box bottom taped to the wrapping paper, fold over the long sides of the wrapping paper over the box sides. Clip into place.
Now finger press the wrapping paper along the crease of the box fold.
One side at a time, release the clip and tape the small approximately ¹/₂” fold down. Repeat this for all 4 sides.
If you want to add felt or wrapping paper to cover the inside top or bottom,
now is a good time to make that happen!
5. How to wrap so the corners disappear
Take the point of the corner and fold it into the corner of the open box lid/bottom. Finger press the fold well.
Mark a line (or you can eyeball it) a ¹/₂” outside the fold line. Trim the paper at this line. Add tape and fold over the corner.
Repeat on all 4 corners. This is another key maneuver for how to wrap in this manner.
6. Tape wrapping paper over long sides of box
Repeat the finger press each side of wrapping paper in the corners.
Flip wrapping paper and box over so the right side of the paper is facing up. Add tape inside of the fold lines at each corner.
Flip the box back over, careful not to tape the corners down to the work surface.
Add a line of tape just outside the box crease all the way around the 4 sides, as shown by the red dashed line below.
Hold one long box side up perpendicular from your work surface. Fold over the long sides of the wrapping paper over the box side and secure down to the tape.
Repeat this on the opposite side.
Pick a corner and pull the wrapping paper into the center of the box. Focus on matching up the sides of the box corners from the outside of the box.
Then press down the triangle fold of wrapping paper inside the box.
Repeat this to the adjacent corner.
Fold-down the short side of the wrapping paper over the box side. Can you see the magic of taking a little more time for how to wrap with this technique?
Repeat on the other short side of the box.
7. Repeat entire process to wrap the box lid
HOw to wrap pinterest perfect!
Just take a look at how nice this wrapped box looks!
I’ve seen posts that are titled “How to Wrap Professionally” yet I’ve never seen corners or box insides that look as clean and trim as this method creates.
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I love a simple bow as shown above. They’re easy to make. If you want to see two ways that I make a simple bow, check out my tutorial.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like to check out:
- How to Make a Big Ribbon Bow the EASY Way
- How to Make Red, Black & White Minimalist Ornaments
- How to Finger Knit a Chunky Bolster Pillow
- How to Thrift Flip a Long Denim Maxi Skirt
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