Merry Christmas everyone! I came up with this neat wrapping idea Christmas '05, and my gift recipients really like it. It makes opening presents that much faster.

Materials needed:
- Ribbon (preferably thin, need not match the paper)
- Wrapping paper (preferably pretty)
- Present (preferably cubical or cylindrical)
- Tape, scissor, bows and the like

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Hi everyone! Thanks for checking out my Christmas-themed wrapping instructable! Share your comments/ideas below.

Show us all a picture of your finished wrapping in the comments (or better yet, post a video of someone opening your Quick-Open present!)

Also, post a comment and let me know where you found the Instructable.

Merry Christmas! -kqrpnb


Step 1: Set Up the Wrapping Paper

Take the piece of ribbon and lay it on the inside of the wrapping paper. Position it so that the ribbon will wrap the body of the gift. Tape one end to just about the edge of the wrapping paper that will be underneath the other end in the finished product. Stretch the ribbon out flat and remove any twists, then make sure the ribbon is about an inch longer than the wrapping paper. Place the gift in the center and begin wrapping, starting with the ribbon-taped edge


Step 2: Create Pull-Tab

Wrap the second edge of the wrapping paper, making sure the ribbon remains untwisted. If the wrapping paper has a bleed-edge, or your cut is not so straight, you can fold it over as I have in the picture. Tape it down.

Using your scissors, make 1/4 inch snips well to the side of the ribbon. This will coerce the paper to rip in that direction when the rip-cord is pulled.

Use a bit of tape to secure the ribbon to the flap created by the slits, then trim the ribbon so that is no longer sticks out.

Bingo, pull-tab!

Finish wrapping the sides of the present as normal


Step 3: Done!

Now you have a wrapped present that is very easy to open. Let your recipient know it is there, or all your work is wasted!

Alternatives are, you can tape the ribbon to the box if you don't care if it gets torn, and you can leave the ribbon sticking out and use it as the pull-tab.

Check my other instructables for ideas on homemade gifts that you can proceed to wrap with a rip-cord!

Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!!


paper has a grain to it. if your wrapping paper grain lays parallel to the ribbon your rip will be very straight.
That's BRILLIANT! and with a new grandson (our first, and his first Christmas) I am SOOOOOO using this method!!! {And I thought I was the queen of gift wrapping BEFORE this idea!} THANK YOU!
Thanks! Hope he has fun opening his presents. You should post some pictures of your wrapping when you are finished.
I used fat ribbon and made a loop at the end so that his little hand could hold onto it and it worked! He had just turned 7 months old for his first Christmas. I had to laugh though when he started liking the ribbons better than the gifts! Thanks again for the idea! *BTW - this would work great for people with disabilities that would prevent easy package opening.
Thanks so much for this great idea!&nbsp; I adapted it and posted a tutorial on my blog about making a shipping envelope with a rip strip.&nbsp; Have a look if you like, and please let me know if I've overstepped the boundaries of fair use.&nbsp; Thanks again!<br /> <br /> http://picnicbasketcrafts.blogspot.com/2010/01/add-easy-open-rip-strip-to-your.html<br /> <br />
&nbsp;You're welcome, and no, I would say you are using instructables as it's intended, to learn and adapt from others' instructions. &nbsp;I appreciate the link back, too.
I put one on my brothers present.<br /> <br /> I really want to open it.<br />
sweet idea.&nbsp; i already wrapped the gifts. after all, only 4 days till christmas<br />
&nbsp;Will definitely be adding this to my repertoire (did I spell that right?) :~)
I wonder if you could attach a bow or name tag to the ribbon that sticks out. Then the recipient would just pull it to start the process. I'm looking forward to trying the rip cord for my gifts this year.
&nbsp;That's a good idea! I was thinking just saying &quot;PULL HERE&quot; or something, but your idea's better.
&nbsp;This is a great idea! I love it and definitely will use it this Christmas. Thanks for the great Instructable! Maybe you could do a similar thing but with a cracker, thus eliminating the pesky bangs and pops and cutting straight to the chase (or the thing inside, as the case may be). :)
This is incredible. Worked really really really well. All I&nbsp;would suggest is maybe adding a picture so people know what to expect when it happens.<br />
Great Instructable. I don't mean to insult your instructable, but isn't half the fun of opening presents ripping the paper off?
&nbsp;Yeah, ripping off the paper is part of the fun, for sure, but it's ALSO fun to use a rip-cord. &nbsp;Very satisfying, like bubble wrap! &nbsp;:-) &nbsp;You could wrap a present normally, then have another layer set to go with a rip-cord. &nbsp;or vice versa. &nbsp;:-)
Cool but what if they don't know that there's a rip-cord. They'll just rip off the paper normally
Your idea looks so cool! Just like those cookies that have the rip-ribbon! (although I&nbsp;always forget to open the package from that side, ending up struggling to rip open the package lol) However, doesn't that steal away a bit of the always enthralling sentiment of delay?<br />
&nbsp;I think it replaces at LEAST as much novelty and interest as the amount of enthrallment it takes away!&nbsp;
Holy cow I am -so- doing this. My nephews will love it, and my parents will think it brilliant. You are so awesome. XD<br />
That's a great idea! I gotta remember to do this when I wrap presents for people!<br />
I think this is the second instructable i've seen with a dr. Strangelove reference.
Great idea! Maybe you could score a line along the paper above the ribbon to make it easier to rip the paper, and also guide the ribbon around the box.
True, though that would be quite the risk (imagine accidentally cutting through the wrapping paper!) I know from experience that if you get the anchor nice and tight, then make little slits in the paper near the starting point, the ribbon will follow the shortest path through the paper. Make a couple test runs and see for yourself. Merry Christmas!
They should give awards for genius ideas as such.
Why, thank you! :-) I noticed a recent up-turn in comments on this Instructable, has it been re-posted somewhere?
Yep. It's in one of those handy-dandy guides. And it's genius.
Maybe cause it's the holidays. I honestly can't remember what lead me to it. I was probably searching holiday related crafts and such. ::shrug::
I tried the same thing a couple of years ago, but I ran a couple of strips of tape parallel to the ribbon on either side to reinforce the paper.
Good thought, though just taping the start, or at least clipping the wrapping paper a smidge on either side of the ribbon, has been enough to do it. Try it again this year!
This will be absolutely PERFECT for this Christmas
That is very clever!
I did this on my mom's Christmas present. The only problem is that I want to open it now...
Then make one for your self!
the only problem i see is that some people wouldn't even notice it at all... maybe if you made the pull tab attached to a bow that is wrapped around it. that way when they pull off the bow, its starts ripping the pull tab too.
Great idea...I will use it soon.Thanks
I love this idea, but not for Christmas, where people seem to want to slow down the gift opening process as much as possible. Me? I'm five and want to see what Santa brought me now, now now! This idea is wonderful for two occasions I can think off right away, and probably more - if you have an occasion where everyone must open her gift at once, like at a gift swap, where games are played to see who gets which wrapped package, and then everyone opens at once to see if the nice wrapping conceals a wretched gift or not. Your rip cord idea would end all those "I want to save the paper, it's so pretty" statements, because no one re-uses the paper, anyway. (Please don't write me if you re-use wrapping paper.) The second occasion would be a bridal/baby shower, where one person opens an interminable number of gifts as "entertainment" for the guests. If the gifts could be opened more quickly, nearly everyone would be thrilled. That way, one could get to the cake/cookies/punch or Champagne, (depending on your family's views on the situation. I once gave a baby shower where the mom-to-be's family insisted on open bar. At a baby shower. At noon on a Sunday. But to each her own) At any rate, great Instructable. May Santa provide you with the zip-wrapped gifts of your dreams.
bump'd! This is a really neat idea!
someone got a nice gift!
This is an excellent idea! :) I've seen pull tabs on packs of gum but never thought to use them for presents before. This is awesome and I'm totally doing it. :D
I have a grandparent with Alzheimer's. He has great difficulty opening presents if they have too much tape. I usually just stick to gift bags but now I can use some pretty paper and he can have some fun "ripping" it open! Thanx!
i can think of many better ideas -twisted garbage bag -explosive wrapping paper -wrapping paper as a present -no present -explosive present (no need to unwrap) -mace their eyes -you unwrap the present for them, (it is mace for their eyes)
LOL. I was struggling for christmas gift ideas. Yours are brilliant. Thanks for making christmas easier and cheaper.
maybe if you had some wide ribbon you could wrap the gift using entirely ribbon to tremendously speed up the unwrapping process
neat idea but I think that would actually slow it down.
interesting. too much work though
Coincidentally, this year I heard about a procedure that slows down the gift opening procedure. It was practised at a local Kindergarten here in Hamburg. The children bring one gift each to the Kindergarten X-mas party. The gift is for the child itself, but it is wrapped in three layers of paper. Only the innermost has the proper gift label with the final destination. So, the gifts are first distributed according to the labels on the first layer, opened, then redistributed, opened again, redistributed once more, and finally opened by the now very impatient receiver. This scheme was probably invented by some german who got tired of folding stars.
I really appreciate the above idea, more than a rip cord (which is very efficient in theory but thins the period of expectation and imagination). gift giving at any time of the year can be made magical by off-putting the pay off. gifts are not about efficiency. Giving is the true fun. (depends on what you give, so give good)
It is much more fun wrapping the whole thing twice, and then in duct tape so they never can get it open.
or just store the present in another room write a note tell them where it is put that in a box in a box wraped 13 times in a box in a bag wraped in tin foil in one big box

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