Here's a quick Instructable on how to wrap your gift, be it a simple box or something a little more oddly-shaped.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
- your gift!
- wrapping paper
For ideas on how to make nifty & colorful recycled giftwrap, check out the Instructables on using old maps, screen-printing newspaper, and painting your own giftwrap.
Note: Since this is a quick demonstration Instructable, all my materials are of the "random bits and pieces hanging around at the Instructables HQ" sort. I'd suggest giving more exciting and less entirely-random gifts, using more colorful and perhaps less wrinkled paper, and not going with safety-orange and neon-lime-green as your ribbon colorscheme, unless your gift-recipient is colorblind or just loves safety-orange and neon-lime-green.
Step 2: Cut Your Wrapping Paper
Lay your gift on the paper near one edge. If it's a box, make sure that you've got enough paper on each end to completely cover the smaller sides of the box when the paper is folded.
For an oddly-shaped gift, an easy technique is wrapping it in a tube of paper and twisting each end to seal it, like a giant piece of hard candy. Make sure you can wrap the paper into a tube around your gift, with 6-12" excess length on either side.
Wrap the paper all the way over your gift, with a 1-2" overlap. If necessary, cut along the line where that overlap ends.
Step 3: Wrapping!
Hard-candy style: Bring the sides of the wrapping paper up around your gift to make a long tube. Overlap the edges so that the tube is tight, then tape them down.
Step 4: Finish the Ends
Turn the box around & repeat on the other short end.
Note: Excess paper on each end will make it hard to fold neatly. If there's excess, just trim it evenly off all the way around (as shown).
Hard-candy style: Easy! Just grab the tube gently on either side of your gift and scrunch the paper down. Be careful not to tear it, especially if your gift has sharp corners.
Step 5: Ribbon!
Hard-candy style: Wrap a length of ribbon around one of the scrunched-narrow sections of wrapping paper. Tie in a bow. Repeat on the other end. Add a tag. Fantastic!
It shouldn't take much work to make your bows look better than mine. :)
- On the hard-candy-style wrapping, cut the ends into fringes. (This looks better with brightly-colored paper that's different on the front & back sides.)
- Use curling ribbon to make a spray of different colors on the front of the box.
- Make a bow from brightly colored or patterned scrap paper.
- Use tissue-paper flowers instead of a bow.