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Wrap your giftwrapping paper around the long side of your box until it covers the whole thing. Give yourself an extra inch or so of overlap, and mark the wrap where you will cut it.
Move your box aside and line up the top edges of your gift wrap, creasing the paper where you made your cut mark. This will give you a nice, straight cutting guide.
Open the paper up and cut along your crease. You can use your box as a weight if the paper begins to curl.
Turn both your cut piece of wrapping paper AND your box 90 degrees. Place the box so the long edge is neatly lined up along the top edge of your wrapping paper. Position the box so that you can fold the wrapping paper up the short side of the box and it extends past the top edge by about an inch.
You can use the second part of your index finger to approximate one inch.
On the other side of the box, make a cut mark 1/2 to 1 inch out from the edge of the box.
Line up the top edges of your paper and fold at the mark you just made.
Open the paper and cut along the crease. Again, use your box, roll of tape, etc. as a weight if the paper curls too much.
Turn the box AND paper 90 degrees. Position the box in the center of your wrapping paper, top side down.
Neatly fold one edge of the paper about 1/4 inch.
Wrap the box around the long side with the folded edge you just made on top. Look at the top and bottom edges of the paper--they should line up as cleanly as possible. If you shift the box, double check that it is still centered on the paper, and you have an equal amount of paper overhang on the short sides of the box.
Use one piece of tape to secure. One piece. One. Piece.
Fold in the sides of the paper to make triangles. Make sure you don't push your box back when doing this.
It should look like this.
Fold the bottom flap edge about 1/4 inch. Remember that your gift is upside down, so when you flip it over, this will be the top flap.
Fold down the top flap (which is the bottom of your gift) and hold it tightly.
Fold up the bottom flap (with the folded edge) and secure with one (ONE) piece of tape.
Now you have one side neatly wrapped!
Flip your box up on the end you just finished and gently push it down.
Fold in the edges to make flaps like you did on the other side. Keeping the box on it's end like this will ensure a nice, tight wrapping job.
Fold the edge of the flap that is on the top side of your box about 1/4 inch. Fold the bottom flap in, then the top flap with the folded edge. Secure with one piece of tape.
Run your fingers in a gentle "pinch" around all of the edges of your box. These creases all around will give a crisp, finished look.
You now have a perfect, professionally wrapped present!
Tomorrow is our final session--Part 3: Finishing Touches. I'll show you how to tie the ribbon on and make pretty bow.
See the rest if this tutorial:
Perfect Gift Wrapping Tutorial, Part 1: Preparing Your Package
Perfect Gift Wrapping Tutorial, Part 3: Finishing Touches