Wrap your Christmas gifts just like a professional thanks to this easy step-by-step guide with tips from Macy's gift-wrapping expert Belle Wesel. Use her brilliant secret (shhh, it's ) to beautify your holiday gift box. Follow it up with ribbon, or a creative gift topper, and your present will be tree-ready.
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It's so much easier to wrap something square or rectangular. Do yourself a favor and pack your gift into a box. Taping it shut is optional!
The cardinal rule for choosing wrapping paper: The thicker, the better. To facilitate the trimming process, look for a roll with a grid pattern on the back.
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Lay the box facedown atop gift wrap, leaving paper attached to roll. to cut paper along one side, yielding a wide enough sheet to cover both sides of the box.
While standing on the same side of the table as the roll, pull paper tautly up and over the far end of the box. Adhere with , and crease paper along the box's edge with thumb and forefinger.
Unroll paper and bring it to meet the already wrapped end. Cut paper from roll, leaving an inch of overhang. Fold that inch under and crease along the fold. Adhere using .
Now it's time to tackle one of the open ends of the box: Push sides of paper inward, creating four 45-degree-angle flaps, then crease along flaps.
Fold down top flap. Crease sharply along the top of box, then crease again where paper meets the bottom edge of box. Cut paper along that bottom crease. Adhere to the box.
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Fold under any excess paper on the bottom flap so that it lines up perfectly with the top of box. Apply double-sided tape to the bottom flap, then fold it over top flap and adhere.
Repeat steps 4 through 6 on the box's remaining open end. Finish all sides by running your pinched thumb and forefinger along edges to create sharp lines.
Lay the wrapped box facedown on a length of ribbon (about five times as long as box). Pull ends of ribbon up and bring right end over the left. Pull widthwise so they cross.
Turn the box over. You should have two ribbon ends of about the same length. Thread each end under the ribbon already in place, as shown.
Double-knot the ribbon, then tie into a simple bow. Use your fingers to shape the loops.
Pinch the ribbon ends lengthwise and cut at a 45-degree angle to create forked ends, as shown. That's it — all wrapped up!
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Admire your finished package.
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