How to wrap a tennis racquet


A tennis racquet is a challenge to wrap, but there are some tricks to making it easier. Gift wrap pro Nilda Garcia from Kate's Paperie in New York shows you how it's done.

How to wrap a tennis racquet
  • To wrap a tennis racquet and other oddly-shaped gifts that do not come in a box, use tissue paper to create a more defined shape. Creating a more uniform shape, such as a rectangle or a square will also conceal the identity of the gift.
  • To wrap a tennis racquet: use four sheets of tissue paper, two pieces on the bottom and two pieces on the top, to give it a little strength.
  • In order to keep the seams neat and secure, double-sided tape is key.

RON: I’m Ron Corning with howdini, and we have wrapping solutions; because you know, wrapping can be such a racquet. I know, bad joke insert here. We are here with Nilda from Kate’s Paperie here in New York City. You do not have a racquet going on, you have a great wrapping store, one of the best in New York City. People go there, especially this time of year, during the holidays in droves to get their packages wrapped. But you’re going to give away some secrets of how to wrap, sort of, the unusually shaped gift; and we’re beginning with this tennis racquet. How do you wrap that?

NILDA: Since it doesn’t come with a box or anything, what we’re going to do is try to create a form using our paper. So I have four pieces of tissue paper that are long enough so that the racquet fits in the center.

RON: Why four pieces?

NILDA: Because I’m going to use two pieces on the bottom and two pieces on the top, to give it a little strength. And it’s decorative and very pretty.

RON: So you begin with the top two pieces.

NILDA: This is what I call a “soft wrap.” So what I’m going to do is cross the front — this is actually the bottom of your wrap. I’m going to cross it once.

RON: So, the bottom of your wrap goes on the bottom of your table.

NILDA: Right. I’m going to take the other end, I’m going to hold it as close to the racquet as possible, and I’m going to make a fold. Without putting any tape on the product itself, I’m just going to put the tape down on the paper to hold the space, to hold it in shape. I’m going to do the same thing in reverse, going this way. Now this is going to have a point, so I’m going to fold this in. Let me turn this around.

RON: So you basically … so you brought this up again.

NILDA: I’m going to bring this to a point, and I’m going to bring it to the other end.

RON: So you’ve almost made what looks like a cone on the bottom part of the racquet, which you can show people here. It almost looks like you formed a cone so the racquet sort of fits inside of it.

NILDA: Take this end and do the same exact thing on this side, and this we can fold up nice and clean.

RON: Now if you said to me, “Here are four pieces of paper and a racquet. Try to wrap this and you have a day to do it,” I would not have come up with this; which is why we’re here showing people.

NILDA: On the other end I’m going to take my point, and I’m going to fold it up onto the top and just put a little piece of tape.

RON: OK, so at this point you’re sort of picking up any of the sort of loose larger parts of the paper along the edge.

NILDA: So now this is the bottom of my racquet. I’m going to reverse it, and I’m going to lay it down flat on here. This is going to be the top part of my paper, so I’m not going to want any tape to show whatsoever. So I’m going to take it from this end, I’m going to bring it up.

RON: So double-sided tape allows you to fold the paper. …

NILDA: I’m attaching the two pieces first.

RON: So the double-sided tape goes between these two pieces. It will hold the two pieces together?

NILDA: The point is so that, if you lift it up, it won’t separate later. It will look neat and clean.

RON: This is a good side to demonstrate with, so you just kind of go like this. …

NILDA: And we’re just going to put a piece of double-sided tape. Since it’s already folded, and the tape is here, it’s going to hold its place. I’m going to go really slow on this end. I’m going to fold it into a square also, just nice and clean and neat — flat. It still goes at an angle, but it’ll actually take its own form. Hold this flat, then lay it flat.

RON: Again this is double-sided tape.

NILDA: I’m just going to bring this up and fold it straight like this, and bring this piece up and I’m going to fold it straight. Now, since this piece is open here, I’m going to take one more piece of tissue paper. This way, also, no one will really know what it is. I’m going to fold my tissue paper in half, lengthwise. If you don’t have tissue paper, use newspaper. It’s recycling. It can be done with newspapers with even the comics. The comics are like the next best thing to wrapping paper.

RON: So you’ve done the same thing here. You’re creating almost these clean seams on both sides.

NILDA: I just want to lift this up, put it in the center. Let me reverse it, makes it easier. I’m going to take these things and put it to a point.

RON: Let me guess, double-sided tape. I’m catching on. Excellent. And then you can embellish it with ribbon.

NILDA: I would put a nice, clean strip across the end, and just make a knot; and that’ll be nice and clean and Zen. Which we also have for people here at howdini.

RON: Thank you, Nilda, as always. She’s from 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 »