How to wrap a cookie tin


Making cookies to give as a gift is lovely. But the baking seems like the easy part when we face the task of wrapping the cookie tin they will arrive in. Don't settle for a stick-on bow from the drug store. You really can wrap a cookie tin. Here's how it's done by the fabulous Nilda Garcia, on loan from the chic wrapping boutique, Kate's Paperie.

How to wrap a cookie tin
  1. Cut a piece of wrapping paper large enough so that the ends can meet when wrapped around the cookie tin. Make sure there is enough wrapping paper to go up to the middle of the side of the tin.
  2. Place the round gift on its side and secure one end of the wrapping paper to the gift with a piece of double-sided tape.
  3. Place a piece of double-sided tape on the inside of the opposite end of the wrapping paper and connect it to the other side.
  4. At one end of your gift take the corner of the wrapping paper and fold it in towards the center of your gift.
  5. Continue to fold the edges towards the center forming a pleat all the way around.
  6. Use a piece of tape to hold all the pleats in place once completed.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the other end of your gift.
  8. Take another small piece of wrapping paper, fold it in half twice and cut out 2 freehand circles.
  9. Take a piece of double-sided tape and place it on the back of one of the circles.
  10. Place the circle on one of the ends of your cookie tin to cover the center of the pleated area.
  11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 for the other side.

RON: I’m Ron Corning with howdini, and we have wrapping solutions. Who among us hasn’t given or gotten a tin like this during the holidays? We’ve probably given it or gotten it as is. We are here with Nilda from Kate’s Paperie in New York City to show you how you can wrap objects like this. There is no such thing as round wrapping paper?

NILDA: No, not yet.

RON: But if anyone is going to come up with it, it’s probably you guys at Kate’s. So what do you do with this, exactly? What do you need in order to wrap this so it doesn’t look a mess?

NILDA: You need a sheet of paper that’s the length that will go totally around and meet from one end to the other that you would measure, and then, approximately — this is about 12 inches cut, so that when you do the folds it will meet in the center nice and clean.
So almost like you would with a regular, you’d want to make sure you have enough paper that goes more than halfway up the side of the cylinder. All right, so you place it this way.

I’m going to use a little piece of — again — double-sided tape; mount it down to your tin so it will stay in place.

RON: Then I’m guessing double-sided tape on this side, too.

NILDA: If you don’t have double-sided tape, you can use regular tape and cover it up with the ribbon. I want to meet the seams.

You want the stripes to match. I’m here to show you people what not to do. So as you can see, with the double-sided tape you don’t see any tape on the outside.

RON: Right, it looks neat and clean.

NILDA: Then, what I am going to do is actually pull one of the points of the paper down to the center and against the box itself. Then I’m going to create a pleat. It’s going to go to the center, and you’re going to rub your hand against it. Continue the pleats; basically try to keep them so they’re equal in size.

So just roll the cylinder along, fold them into the center and you sort of use the edge of the cylinder here as your guide to make sure it’s even with that section of the cylinder.

RON: The paper is a little hard, but it can be done.

NILDA: Yeah, this is thicker because it has a double-sided print on it, but there are other papers that fold and crease a little easier.

RON: I love a challenge. So it’s OK here, you have this bunch on the end and that’s OK?

NILDA: I’m just going to put just a small little piece just to hold this in place.


NILDA: Just trim this. So the bottom doesn’t look sloppy, when we’re done with the top half, now we’ll reverse it. We’re going to do the same thing on this side.

So grab it; draw it to the middle.

RON: I would say it’s about two inches right? Same thing, piece of tape? Show people here what it looks like. You brought it in, around this whole edge; and then just tape it down here.

NILDA: Right, and now, cover up the centerpiece so it will look like a finished design. I took a piece of the same paper, it’s reversible, so….So take the same piece of paper. Cut a little extra piece. Fold in two. I’m going to fold it in half again, and I’m gong to cut a freehand circle. If you have a stencil you want to use, you can cut it into a star or a flower.

RON: So you really, you can just eye it? And then, voilà!

NILDA: Just take the double-sided tape, put it on the....

RON: In the shape of a cross. We should show people here that you took the double-sided tape in a crisscross and then….

NILDA: Just put it in the center, it will clean up the design.

RON: So the advantage of using a double-sided paper, you have that other pattern that allows you to dress it up some.

NILDA: Right, and make it look decorative.

RON: Who would have guessed it? And you can do this with any cylinder of any size, just as long as you measure the paper big enough.

NILDA: Big enough to give you a chance to fold it over.

RON: Start by rolling it that way. Great stuff, Nilda. As always, thank you.
Nilda is with Kate’s Paperie, here in New York City, and I’m Ron Corning with howdini.

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  • Nilda Garcia

    Nilda Garcia Kate's Paperie Nilda Garcia has been with Kate's Paperie for ten years where her goal is to make beautiful giftwrap creations every day. Nilda is instilled with a passion for the practice of drawing, sewing and journaling. more about this expert »