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How to Wrap a Rectangular Gift

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So, you've found the perfect gift. Now you just have to wrap it. How, you ask? I'll tell you.

Somehow several years ago I become the family gift wrapper, and have had quite a bit of experience since then. So here are a few things I've learned. I hope they help!

Also, I've got a few different decorating ideas in the last step.
 
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Step 1: Measure and Cut

Start by setting the present in the center of your wrapping paper, and make sure that you have enough so that you can take at least two sides and make them meet in the middle with a little to spare. The other two sides do not have to do this. Then cut your wrapping paper.

Now, flip the gift upside down on the wrong side of the wrapping paper, so that the top is facing the plain side.

Step 2: The First Folds

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Fold one side over and secure it with tape, as shown in the first picture. On the opposite side, fold it over on itself slightly so that you have a clean edge (As in picture two). Then fold this to meet the other and secure with tape.

Step 3: The Bottom Edge

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I usually have excess wrapping paper on the edges, and trim it off so I don't have too much. You want about as much length there as your package is tall. (I tried to show this in the second picture)

Fold one side in. and crimp the two edges that you've made. Do this again on the other side. (I'm not sure if that makes much sense, but hopefully the pictures help here.) If you were looking from the top of your package, it should look like \_/ or, if your package is smaller, it might be just a v.

Fold the top flap down. On the bottom flap, fold the raw edge over (Like you did in the step before this). Then fold it up and secure with tape.

Step 4: Repeat

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Do it all again on the other side. I always found this side easier, because I could now tip the gift up and get a better angle at it.