How to Wrap Gifts Like a Pro: Secrets from Expert Gift Wrappers

First gather essential materials like high-quality wrapping paper, scissors, tape, and ribbons. Then, measure and cut the paper to fit the gift, wrap it neatly around the item, secure it with tape, and add decorative ribbons or bows for a final touch.

The enchantment of gift-giving isn’t just in the present, but in the anticipation that a beautifully wrapped gift conjures. Think about it: the glint of excitement in their eyes as they behold a parcel wrapped with care and creativity—it’s part of the gift’s charm.

How to Wrap Gifts
How to Wrap Gifts

The art of wrapping is a silent serenade of appreciation, a ribbon-twined declaration that says, “You are worth every fold and flourish.” And let’s face it, a gift’s exterior can be as thrilling as the treasure it hides.

Yet, the struggle is real when our wrapping skills don’t match our intentions, leaving us tangled in tape and paper. Fear not, for I’m here to guide your hands in the craft of encasing your affection with elegance and ease.

Grab your scissors and let’s embark on a journey to transform your gifts into masterpieces of paper and bow.

Step-by-step Instructions for Professional-level Gift Wrapping

The aim of gift wrapping is to make your gifts look more beautiful, well-prepared, and make them feel like they come from the heart. But learning how to wrap gifts is not as easy as it sounds. It takes creativity and patience, plus a sense of art as well.

But with the step-by-step instructions below, I can assure you that you will be able to learn how to wrap your gifts like professionals.

1. Gathering Your Materials

Gathering Your Materials

The first thing you need to do is to gather the wrapping materials. There are the essential materials and decorative materials, and to be able to create a professional-level gift wrapping quality, it is recommended for you to prepare both materials. 

1. Essential Materials:

2. Decorative and Extra Materials:

  • Decorative bows
  • Tissue paper
  • Establishments
  • Ruler

Selecting all the materials is of course need to be done based on several things, such as the size of the gift or color preferences.

Sometimes it also depends on who you will give the gift to. The required wrapping materials will be different for each gift that will be given to adults, teenagers, or even kids. 

2. Choosing the Right Paper

Choosing the Right Paper

The next step on how to wrap gifts like professionals is to go deeper into selecting the right wrapping papers for your gift.

There are various types of wrapping papers and I have to say that sometimes it can be hard to pick the best ones, because most wrapping papers are attractive. Some of the most popular types of papers are glossy, matte and textured. There are also recycled wrapping papers that will create a rustic look to your gift.

But then, choosing wrapping paper designs need to be aligned with the type of gift and characteristics of the gift plus the recipient, too.

For example, if you are about to give your girlfriend or wife a new pair of earrings for Christmas, then perhaps you can go for glossy papers in gold, soft pink, or elegant black to be paired with the feminine-looking decorations.

In short, it is important to make sure that the paper compliments the gift wonderfully. 

3. Measuring and Cutting the Paper

Measuring and Cutting the Paper

The best gift wrapping is the one that is not too big or too small for the gift. This is when the measuring technique comes handy.

To measure the paper against the gift, you can use rulers and mark the parts for cutting using a pen or pencil. Measure carefully to make sure adequate coverage without access.

Once you have the paper measured and marked, grab your scissor or cutter to cut the papers. Important tips to create clean and straight cuts; use rulers when you cut the paper using a cutter, and use a small scissor to cut small parts.

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4. Steps to Wrap a Standard Box

Steps to Wrap a Standard Box
Steps to Wrap a Standard Box

Some gifts come in a box packaging, making it easier to wrap using wrapping papers.

You always have a choice to wrap it using a simple wrapping method, but I would recommend you to wrap it professionally since it will add so much meaning and thoughtfulness to the gift.

To help you wrap a standard-size gift box, follow the step-by-step instructions below:

1. Measure and Cut the Wrapping Paper

  • Place the gift box in the center of the unfolded wrapping paper.
  • Pull the paper over the top of the box to estimate how much you’ll need, leaving a few inches extra on each side.
  • Cut the paper neatly along a straight line.

2. Center the Box

  • Place the box face down in the center of the cut wrapping paper.
  • Ensure equal amounts of paper on each side of the box.

3. Wrap the Sides

  • Bring one side of the paper up and over the box, pulling it tight.
  • Secure it in the middle of the box’s top with a piece of tape.
  • Repeat with the other side, ensuring the paper is smooth and tight.

4. Folding the Ends

  • At one end of the box, push the sides of the paper inward, creating two flaps at the top and bottom.
  • Flatten these flaps against the box; they should form triangles.
  • Fold the top flap down against the box, creasing the edge for a sharp fold.
  • Fold the bottom flap up, creasing it as well. Secure it with tape.

5. Repeat on the Other End

  • Turn the box around and repeat the same process on the other end.
  • Ensure the folds and creases are sharp and neat for a professional look.

Sometimes gifts don’t always come in small or medium-size boxes. So, I believe you would want to know the easy steps on how to wrap gifts that come in large sizes.

In wrapping oversized gifts, you can actually apply the same methods as wrapping normal-size gifts. But do bear in mind that you will also need more wrapping materials as well.

5. Securing the Wrap

Securing the Wrap
Securing the Wrap

Now it’s time to secure the wrap. Which is one of the most crucial steps on how to wrap gifts like a pro. For this step, you can use either clear tape, double tape, or stickers that can work as a tape as well.

One tip from a professional gift wrapper, the best way to create a clean looking gift wrapping is by applying hidden taping techniques.

Well, of course no one wants to see their gifts have clear tapes all over it, right?

If you are using clear tape, cut each tape neatly and make sure you don’t cut it too big so it won’t look too obvious on the wrapping paper. Just make small cuts and try to stick them on the side or bottom parts of the gift. 

If you want to apply the hidden taping techniques, use double tape. Since it is double sided, you can use it on the inside parts of the wrapping paper, so your gift recipient won’t see any tapes on the outer part of the gift.

If you want to know how to wrap gifts with hidden tapes, use double tape. The medium size double tape would be sufficient for medium size gift boxes.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to secure the gift wrap using tapes, you can go for stickers or decorative twines. This method will work wonderfully for children’s gifts. I can assure you that the kids would be ecstatic to see cute stickers on their birthday gifts.

In addition, if you are going for rustic gift wrapping design, I would suggest that you use twines and combine it with natural-looking wrapping papers. 

6. Adding Ribbons and Bows

How to Wrap Gifts
Adding Ribbons and Bows

One last step on how to wrap gifts like a pro is by adding decorative ribbons to the gift. Ribbons come in countless designs, colors, sizes, and patterns.

Basically, you will have countless options of gift wrapping decorations to create beautifully-wrapped gifts for your loved ones. Whether it’s birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or graduations, beautifully wrapped gifts will always leave lasting impressions. 

In order to pick the best ribbons for your gift, pick ones with colors that match the color of the gift wrapping paper. The colors don’t have to be similar.

You can pick clashing colors to make the gift pops, as long as you know the basic rules about color combinations. For medium-size gifts, pick medium-size ribbons, and go for smaller or bigger ribbons for different gift sizes. 

The next step would be choosing the styles of bows that will be perfect for your gift. There are several types of bows with different ways to style them. Here are some of the most recommended ones:

1. Classic Bow

  • Tie a piece of ribbon around your gift.
  • Loop the ribbon under the gift box, bring the ends together over the gift, and knot them together so the ends are equal in length.
  • Alternatively, try tying a bow from a piece of ribbon that isn’t attached to the gift. 
  • Tie the knot in the center of the ribbon so the left and right sides are equal in length.
  • Make a loop with the left side of the ribbon.
  • Create a second loop on the right side of the ribbon.
  • Tie the 2 loops together to form a bow.

2. Double-looped Bow

  • Wrap your ribbon twice to make a double loop and pin with a straight pin.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon for your ends and loop as shown.
  • Pin your ends to the back of the bow.
  • Wrap a small piece of ribbon around the loops and the ends.
  • Attach the ribbon bow to your gift.

3. Florist Bow

  • It is easiest to leave the ribbon on the spool and cut it after the bow is complete. 
  • Determine the tail length and twist the ribbon while keeping the right side of the ribbon facing you. This step will form the center of the bow.
  • Make a loop and give the ribbon a twist at the center.
  • Hold the twist between your thumb and index finger, and make a second loop the same size in the opposite direction.
  • Twist the loop towards you, and pinch the ribbon tightly at the center to keep the bow’s shape.
  • Continue making same-size loops, alternating sides until the bow has the fullness you want. 
  • Wrap a narrow ribbon around the bow’s center and tie the tails together at the back of the bow.
  • Then, arrange the loops as desired to shape the florist bow.

Final Thought

See, it’s not that hard to wrap your gifts like a pro, right? I hope you can find the above step-by-step instructions on how to wrap your gifts like a professional, so you can start adding more decorations and meanings to your gifts.

It might take some trials and errors, but I can assure that it will all be worth it, and based on my experience, it only takes a couple of trials until you can master the best methods to wrap your gifts. 

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

How can I wrap a gift quickly but still make it look good?

For quick wrapping, use pre-cut wrapping paper or gift bags with tissue paper. Stick to simple wrapping techniques with minimal folds and use decorative tape that can be part of the design to save time.

Gift bags are a speedy alternative; just place the gift inside, add some coordinating tissue paper, and you’re done.

If you’re using wrapping paper, choose a design that doesn’t require precise alignment to look presentable. Keep your wrapping station organized with scissors, tape, and ribbons within easy reach to streamline the process.

How do I measure the right amount of wrapping paper for a gift?

Place the gift on the wrapping paper and roll it over once to cover the bottom and top, ensuring a little overlap.

Then, with the gift still in place, pull out enough paper to cover its sides when folded over, allowing for a slight excess to account for folding and adjustments. Cut the paper where it meets the edge of the roll.

It’s better to have a bit more paper than not enough, as you can always trim the excess. Measuring this way prevents waste and ensures you have enough paper to wrap the gift neatly.

What’s the best way to deal with excess paper when wrapping a gift?

If you have excess paper after wrapping the main part of the gift, focus on the ends. Fold the sides of the wrapping paper at the ends of the gift inward, creating neat triangles.

Flatten these triangles against the box, creating crisp edges, and fold any excess length towards the center of the end before taping it down. This method will give you clean lines and a professional-looking finish.

Remember, careful folding and cutting are key to managing excess paper.

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