Master the Art of Gift Wrapping

These tricks will help you wrap like a Christmas elf.

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Choose good quality paper (if you are a novice, look for grid lines running along its undecorated side, to help you cut straight) 

2. 

When measuring, you’ll want enough paper to wrap around the box, plus about 1½ inch. For the ends, cut the paper so it’s about ⅔ of the height of the box. Keep in mind that too much paper can be as problematic as too little.  

3.

Open the scissors and use them as a blade to cut a straighter line. 

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Folding the raw edges under gives your gift a finished look.

5.

As you wrap the gift, run your pinched index finger and thumb along each edge to make each crease as sharp as possible.

6. 

Use double-sided tape so you can keep the adhesive hidden.


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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.