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.