Introduction: Quick-Open Wrapping, or How I Learned to Love the Rip-Cord

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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

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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

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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!

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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!!




ncilley (author)2015-12-12

paper has a grain to it. if your wrapping paper grain lays parallel to the ribbon your rip will be very straight.

vpurcell (author)2013-12-03

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!

sduffy7 (author)vpurcell2013-12-04

Thanks! Hope he has fun opening his presents. You should post some pictures of your wrapping when you are finished.

vpurcell (author)sduffy72014-01-08

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.

stacye (author)2012-12-17

What about using this idea for the elderly or those with arthritis? I know that it's marked as opening them faster, but this is a great instructable for making it easier on those who have a hard time opening gifts.

Foaly7 (author)2009-12-21

THE END.........

Or is it?

Cubie2 (author)Foaly72009-12-23

So that's what we think but...
She, her, and Bean Uasal are horrified by the tragic deaths of their husbands and form a secret group of warriors- pledged to learning Karate... And five other Japanese words. They will avenge their husbands deathes... No matter the cost.

Foaly7 (author)Cubie22010-04-10

And the first part of the Saga ends!!!! I'll meet you on the Homemade Paracord instructable for part two of seventeen.....


Cubie2 (author)Foaly72009-12-23

No- Bean Uasal is not dead... Apparently and unfortunately for the fate of the world.

Saturn V (author)2010-04-09

Now it's starting to sound like a soap opera.

nerdnurture (author)2010-01-02

Thanks so much for this great idea!  I adapted it and posted a tutorial on my blog about making a shipping envelope with a rip strip.  Have a look if you like, and please let me know if I've overstepped the boundaries of fair use.  Thanks again!

kqrpnb (author)nerdnurture2010-01-05

 You're welcome, and no, I would say you are using instructables as it's intended, to learn and adapt from others' instructions.  I appreciate the link back, too.

King Crab (author)2009-12-24

I put one on my brothers present.

I really want to open it.

kqrpnb (author)2008-12-22

lol "hey myself, get over here!" Classic!

Cubie2 (author)kqrpnb2009-12-23

Horrible! that PLEASED you guys?!!! that is a most unfortunate and true story.

One that should never be told again. Yet is... Time and time again.

Cubie2 (author)Cubie22009-12-24

Like the pic? It's the user pic but modified on paint :D

jannic86 (author)2009-12-21

Actually the other poster was right. It is repertoire.

Glockenator (author)2009-12-21

sweet idea.  i already wrapped the gifts. after all, only 4 days till christmas

zack247 (author)2009-12-13


marjorieallea (author)2009-12-03

 Will definitely be adding this to my repertoire (did I spell that right?) :~)

Gus3284 (author)2008-11-29

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.

timothymh (author)Gus32842009-12-03

 That's a good idea! I was thinking just saying "PULL HERE" or something, but your idea's better.

timothymh (author)2009-12-03

 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). :)

timweaver17 (author)2009-11-28

This is incredible. Worked really really really well. All I would suggest is maybe adding a picture so people know what to expect when it happens.

jamiec53 (author)2009-11-11

Great Instructable. I don't mean to insult your instructable, but isn't half the fun of opening presents ripping the paper off?

kqrpnb (author)jamiec532009-11-20

 Yeah, ripping off the paper is part of the fun, for sure, but it's ALSO fun to use a rip-cord.  Very satisfying, like bubble wrap!  :-)  You could wrap a present normally, then have another layer set to go with a rip-cord.  or vice versa.  :-)

jamiec53 (author)kqrpnb2009-11-27

Cool but what if they don't know that there's a rip-cord. They'll just rip off the paper normally

kouraf16 (author)2009-11-20

Your idea looks so cool! Just like those cookies that have the rip-ribbon! (although I 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?

kqrpnb (author)kouraf162009-11-20

 I think it replaces at LEAST as much novelty and interest as the amount of enthrallment it takes away! 

deofthedead (author)2009-11-16

Holy cow I am -so- doing this. My nephews will love it, and my parents will think it brilliant. You are so awesome. XD

Woshmistro (author)2009-11-14

That's a great idea! I gotta remember to do this when I wrap presents for people!

ERCCRE123 (author)2009-11-14

I think this is the second instructable i've seen with a dr. Strangelove reference.

hockys1 (author)2009-04-12


Gamer917 (author)2009-03-07


AznPanda (author)2009-02-21

lolz Hey myself, get over here! . that made my day

kibbler (author)2009-01-01

Haha! Thanks for the laughs...

Plasmana (author)2008-12-26

Haha! Good one!

MePerson (author)2008-12-23

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.

kqrpnb (author)MePerson2008-12-23

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!

sadistkitti (author)2008-12-10

They should give awards for genius ideas as such.

kqrpnb (author)sadistkitti2008-12-10

Why, thank you! :-) I noticed a recent up-turn in comments on this Instructable, has it been re-posted somewhere?

Eggbertius (author)kqrpnb2008-12-13

Yep. It's in one of those handy-dandy guides. And it's genius.

sadistkitti (author)kqrpnb2008-12-11

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::

silverTalent (author)2008-12-10

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.

kqrpnb (author)silverTalent2008-12-10

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!

phephq (author)2008-12-07

This will be absolutely PERFECT for this Christmas

Plasmana (author)2008-12-07

That is very clever!

Sunbanks (author)2007-12-23

I did this on my mom's Christmas present. The only problem is that I want to open it now...

Plasmana (author)Sunbanks2008-12-07

Then make one for your self!

bassclarinet23 (author)2008-10-03


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