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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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Raejean December 13, 2010 at 7:24 am

Ahh… it brings me back to the day I worked at the gift wrap counter in Macy’s department store. I’ve tried to teach my children all those cool tricks. Some of my extended family seemed to appreciate the lesson though.

Thanks for sharing and the trip down memory lane!


Destri December 13, 2010 at 9:24 am

I have to admit, that was one of the funnest jobs! It was a big party back in the wrapping room! Thanks Raejean.


Shasta December 13, 2010 at 7:38 am

Uhhh no. Seven year old Jack wraps everything, including his own, I just blindfold him. JUST KIDDING! SHEESH! No really, I just want to get the paper on and declare baddabingbaddaboom, wrapping for 7 kids and a bazillion relatives is NOT fun. Hmmmm….maybe that’s why Alene (hubby’s admin. assist.) now wraps everything? This whole time I thought she was just being nice? OCD husband put her up to this…grrrr….oh well, I’ll take it :o)


Jileen December 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

I, seriously, am the worst wrapper! My husband wraps better than I do. I just can’t make it work. Maybe your tips will help this year. Thanks Destri! And we need to get together! :)


Destri December 13, 2010 at 9:24 am

Oh we are calling you today! We are having a Christmas party we want Lawson to come to!


Jileen December 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Sounds fun! I can’t wait!


Tasha December 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

This is how I was taught all growing up. My Mom is a little OCD with it…but her presents are always gorgeous! We always have to tie a bow on top though…and there is a secret to that one too. Loved this.


Destri December 13, 2010 at 9:26 am

Oh yes, the bows. Serious business they are! Thanks Tasha, glad to know I am not the only one with a wrapping disorder! One year, I even went so far as cutting out huge snowflakes to wrap over the wrapped gifts…it’s an illness I tell ya.


Kate December 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I use to be so pedantic that I had to match the art work on the paper… not so much now, but I do love wrapping. One tip I learnt while working in retail was when you tie a bow and work with me on this one cos I have no pics, is after you have tied that first knot and made the bow shapes, the ribbon that forms the second must go over the top from round the back…got it????!!


Tina December 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

DESTRI! The more I find out about your mad skillz, the more I think you are my opposite in some alternate universe or something! LOL! I buy so much wrapping paper and pretty fabric ribbon and tags and then I butcher it all up (as I do with any craft project) with my impatience. It’s really quite a show. This is awesome. Now I have a tutorial. Unless you want to come wrap all my gifts? :)


Melanie December 16, 2010 at 6:33 am

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing….I love to wrap gifts and ‘fancy’ them up….going to try this OCD (!) way….;)


Catalina December 20, 2010 at 6:46 am

Hah, that’s so not what my gifts look like. You would be horrified to see what mess I produce. I actually cannot stand wrapping, and I think I just do an even worse job out of sheer spite that I have to do it.

Yay for the Christmas spirit! lol


Lisa December 20, 2010 at 8:08 am

Thanks for the tips! Do you have any ideas for wrapping unusual shaped things like something round or not flat? That’s what always gets me!


Scary Mommy December 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm

This is amazing. Seriously. I suck at wrapping and am always resorting to gift bags. Thank you!


Nikki January 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

I had the same job one year! I still do it this way, too! Where is the Dillard’s bow tutorial, though? :)


Julie at How To Make Bows June 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Thanks for the ideas & great photos! The invisible tape is such a great idea — then you don’t have that “tape-y” look!


Katte November 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

One year I used up tons of scrap fabric making bags and reusabele wrapping paper. It was a great family project: makes the tree look cool and I have less junk fabric to work around. Try a patchwork design to use up little stuff. Have fun.


Melissa Aguayo November 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I love the creases idea this helps with the bulkiness. Thank you


Daphne January 20, 2013 at 12:17 am

But what brand tape does Dillard’s use? After unwrapping wedding gifts I find it hard to believe it was scotch! Even the permanent double stick (which I used a lot of for said wedding). Need something that will hold even Kraft paper! Thanks for your tips! Pinning this!


Destri January 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

You know, I don’t know – It was a bog ol role though! Something funny, I actually just gave the gift I wrapped for this tutorial two years ago this year – the tape did not want to let go. It was stuck good!


Daphne January 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Ill have to try it! Thanks!


Stephanie January 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I’ve just found this site and I absolutely love it. Just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you for such a lovely site with so much fantastic information. I can’t wait to get started on some of these projects!


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