This tutorial is full of LOTS of pictures. For real.
First and foremost. I like the lined wrapping paper. It helps make sure everything is lined up correctly. I leave enough room in the edges of the paper so that if you fold the paper up onto the box, it is about halfway up the box.
I am not a fan of double sided tape, but ran out of the regular scotch tape and this was all that I had. So, you make sure everything is lined up, then line you paper with the double sided tape. I used about 3 pieces for a regular size shirt box. The double sided tape makes it a little bit harder to make sure that you don’t get crinkles in the paper.
Make sure the paper is nice and tight around the box.
Then, I fold the paper around the box, ensuring that there aren’t a lot of gaps in the paper.
This is the part where you will start to hate double sided tape too. You have to line the wrong side of the paper with it. Pull down on the paper to and secure the tape.
The key so crisp looking wrapping, is making sure all the edges are creased well.
Line that corner with tape.
Doing the same thing on the other side.
Finally, line the inside of the last piece of paper with tape and pull up as tightly as you can.
On the opposite side of the box, you will have excess paper. I find if you stand the box up, and let the paper get to that angle, and then cut, it’s much easier.
Follow the same instructions as the other side.
Now, we have a jagged edge of the paper. You have two choices. You can cut the paper along the edge or you can fold it down to make a straight line.
I folded mine down. Make sure you crease this edge really well before putting tape on it.
Line the paper with the double sided tape.
Pull as tightly as you can on the paper.
Crease all edges on the box. (Side note: If you are going to do a tutorial with your hands, make sure your nail polish isn’t a hot mess.)
For Christmas wrapping, since you have to do so many presents at once, I always try to find a coordinating tulle instead of ribbon. It’s easier and faster to do, and it’s stretchy so kids can easily pull it off the box, unlike ribbon.
Wrap it around the box and tie a knot to hold it in place.
Next, take you tulle and make a few loops.
And then cut the edges.
Secure the tulle to the knot on the package!
Here is an example of a ribbon on the package, but my sister is the whiz at those bows. I am not.