How to gift wrap a large gift

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Wrapping an oversized gift can be such a chore, never mind the sloppy look that can result from covering the bare patches with scraps of wrapping paper. Rod Martinez from Papyrus shows us a technique for beautifully wrapping a gift that is too big for one sheet of wrapping paper.

How to gift wrap a large gift Here's how to gift wrap an oversized box:
  1. First, wrap the long sides. Roll the wrapping paper out on a flat surface and place the package on top. Pull the rest of the paper over the side of the package until it meets the paper on the other side; make sure the paper is smooth and tight. Cut the wrapping paper, leaving a little extra, using the roll as your guide.
  2. One of the tricks to neatly wrapping an oversized box is to create a seam at the edge of the box, instead of the center.  To do this, slide the gift back so that the piece that you originally folded over the gift is about 1/4 down the side. Bring the other end of the paper up to make sure it will reach the top edge, with a little to spare. You may need to move the gift a little to get it just right. Once you have measured where your seam will be, tape down the top flap. Bring the long flap of paper up and fold over the top of the box and crease at the edge. Bring the piece back down to the table and fold the edge under at the crease. Tape that flap down with regular tape. Then, use double-sided tape to secure it back to the package.
  3. Fold in the short ends by folding and creasing the left and right flap, followed by the top and bottom flaps. Secure with regular tape. Repeat on the other end.
  4. Now it's time to cover the bare ends of the package. Place one end of the package just over the cut edge of wrapping paper on your flat surface. Pull the paper up and over the top. Cut enough paper so that the paper overlaps the edge by about an inch.
  5. Crease the edge where the paper meets the top. Fold that edge under. Use double-sided tape on the inside edge and secure to the edge of the top, so that the paper creates a neat, tailored seam at the edge. Repeat on the other side.
  6. Fold and crease the right and left flaps into a neat triangle and secure with double-sided tape.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the other end of the package.
 
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  • Rod Martinez

    Rod Martinez Professional Gift Wrapper, Papyrus Manager of Papyrus' flagship store in New York City, Rod Martinez is an expert gift wrapper who amazes clients with gorgeously wrapped gifts for occasions throughout the year. more about this expert »

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