’tis the season for gift giving (and gift wrapping!). today we’re going to learn how to perfectly wrap a gift like the pros. if you’ve ever watched one of those in-store gift wrappers you know that they take it to the next level with their perfection (which i always appreciate). we’re also going to throw in a couple of quick and easy ways to mix up your standard wrapping job that will be sure to make an impact.

what you’ll need: 

•Scotch® Doubled Sided Tape
• scissors
• wrapping paper of choice
• printable gems (you can download for free, here)
• metallic or colored tape
* 1″ hole punch

option #1: we started with the most beautiful hand painted wrapping papers by birch & goldberry. we couldn’t pick just one favorite so we incorporated multiple by adding 3D gems on the top in contrasting papers. once you print the gems, place your wrapping paper on top of the pattern and cut out the shape. fold along the outlined edges and secure with Scotch® Double Sided Tape.

option #2: use your 1″ hole punch to create cut outs in a piece of your wrapping paper and then place directly over an already wrapped gift.

option #3: we love the idea of adding metallic tape around the outside edges of your box. we used Scotch® Brand silver tape which also comes in a ton of other colors to match your own papers.

receiving a beautiful wrapped gift is such a treat. i’ve been given some gifts that were so stunning i don’t even want to unwrap them.


step1: measure paper to fit your box, it should wrap around the box with about 1.5 inches of extra paper on each side. the paper on the ends should come past the middle point of your box plus 1.5 inches. start with paper that is precut to your box so that you don’t have to trim off excess as you go.

step 2: place box to be wrapped upside down in the middle of your paper and wrap one side around  the bottom of your box and over the edge by 1.5 inches. crease the paper along the edge to make a nice clean fold.

step 3: using Scotch® Double Sided Tape, run tape the length of the folded edge

step 4: taking care to not move your box, wrap the unfolded side of you paper around the box and secure with a small piece of tape. then wrap your folded edge side to meet perfectly at the edge of the box. this is how you create a “seamless” looking wrap.

step 5:  now working on the ends of the box lightly crease the paper along the top and bottom edges.

step 6:  lightly crease the paper along the side edges too. this will help you create a little bit of structure to make clean folds.

step 7: fold the sides of your paper inwards to meet the box gently working the paper from the outside inward to create a nice tight fit of the paper to the box.  take this part slowly to help insure that the paper is properly hugging your box ends before smoothing the folds of your paper. it helps to have the part of the box your working on the table to help create nice straight folds.

step 8: fold the bottom flap you have created up to meet the box and secure with a small piece of tape.

step 9: fold the top flap so that it overlaps the bottom one. take note of where the two flaps intersect on the sides and make a small mark in pencil if you need to.

step 10: fold the end of the top flap where your marks are and run a piece of tape along the under side of the folded end

step 11: press down to secure tape

step 12: run your fingers along the edges of your package to neaten up the box shape and boom! you now have an expertly wrapped gift.

remember, practice makes perfect, take it slowly the first few times you try this technique out and before you know it,  you’ll be impressing all your friends and family with your picture perfect wrapping skills. What’s your favorite way to wrap small gifts? If you’ve got a great idea, you could win $5,000 by entering Scotch(R) Brand’s Most Gifted Wrapper Contest by 12/10/14. Click here for details and official rules, this contest is void where prohibited and restrictions apply.

gift wrapping guide and techniques by: natalie shriver
photography by: brittany wood 

(this post was sponsored by Scotch®, thank you for supporting the sponsors who allow us to create beautiful content for you).


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    ali says:

    quit it with that wrapping paper. ugh. love.

    Kristen Paul says:

    I absolutely LOVE this wrapping paper. So fun & colorful!

    maggie says:

    I love this wrapping paper! And the tutorial…I usually resort to gift bags because wrapping gifts is not my strong suit. But I am definitely going to try these this year! Down with the gift bag!


    Swathi says:

    The wrapping paper is gorgeous. Are they downloadable as well?

    Anonymous says:

    where do you get this colorful wrapping paper

    THIS PAPER (INSERT SCREAM EMOJI X10). Please, do tell if it is for sale somewhere..

    Mun says:

    Just beautiful, and happy looking!xx

    Karisa says:

    You’re pics are amazing, fun, and inspiring! Also, I suck at present wrapping so this is perfect!

    S says:

    Love love love the silver tape. Where did you find it, pls? Would really like to buy some for myself…

    Bailey says:

    I love all of your ideas – the gem stones thing is very cool. I had a BLAST doing special wrapping on all of my gifts this year – though that did make the gifts a little hard to get into 😉

    Isabella says:

    Hello! This absolutely gorgeous! Love the papers you used! Is there anywhere I could find them?

    v__n xanh says:

    Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this
    post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this.
    I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure
    he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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