How To Wrap Gifts Like A Pro

by Destri on December 12, 2010

How to wrap gifts like a PRO - or at least like they do at Dillards!

Or at least like they do at Dillard’s :).  When I lived in Denver I picked up a side job as a gift wrapper during the holidays at Dillard’s.  I wrapped more gifts then I care to remember that year.  But, it did give me a skill, if you count gaining an OCD for wrapping presents a skill that is!  Seriously, I have to do it this way now or it just doesn’t seem right.  The secret is double sided tape.  It gives the gift clean lines and almost invisible seams, making for a pretty presentation.  So if you’re looking to pick up a new OCD, here you go!

How To Wrap Gifts Like A Pro:


We will be using a gift, double sided tape, and good sturdy wrapping paper.  It’s worth every penny.

Start by cutting off any tags, removing price or mark over it.

Cut the paper to be 1½ times larger than the gift for both sides.

Without folding, pull one end to the center of the gift and secure with the tape on the underside.  If you fold over the end, it will leave a bulky line…heaven forbid ;)

Now pull over the other end and make a crease at the top of the box like shown.

Now fold the end under at the crease like shown.

Place your double sided tape right at the edge of the box where the creased end will go.

Now pull over the creased end and press onto the tape.

Moving onto the sides, you will fold in the ends like shown.  Crease the corners with your fingers.

Now fold the top side down and crease.

Fold under at the crease and add tape to the underside along the edge, then fold down.  Flip the present over and repeat on the other side.

Repeat on the other side and you have two ends that look like this.

Now pinch the edges between two fingers like shown and run along all sides to create a crisp look.

All done!  See, pretty easy.  It’s all about the tape.

Slap a bow on top and you’re good to go!

Also, if you are shipping your gifts, use fabric ribbon and form a simple bow like I did on the picture above.  The fabric will hold up better with shipping!

So how about you?  Do you have a wrapping OCD?


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