Wrap Your Presents With Just One Piece of Tape

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
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Am I the first one to admit I have been wrapping presents wrong my entire life? I found this video explaining a Japanese wrapping trick that's absolutely brilliant! And with a little improvement on their trick, I figured out how to wrap my presents in about 30 seconds using one piece of tape, and I also created a pocket to put the card into. It sounds more complicated than it is, though I'll admit I had to do it a few times before I could do it super fast. But now that I know how to do it, I will be wrapping presents like this for the rest of my life.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Choose your favorite wrapping paper. I got out my Christmas collection, because I want to wrap these presents before my kids see them. Cut a piece a couple of inches wider than your present on all sides. (Or just cut wrapping paper like you normally would.)
Like my elf hat? I always wear that hat when I wrap Christmas presents. This trick sure saved me a lot of time when wrapping a pile of presents.

Step 2: Angle the Present
The first thing I did was turn the present at an angle, so the present forms the hypotenuse on a 90 degree triangle. That’s one of the things that’s so different about this trick.

You need to make sure that there is enough paper to cover the present. You can do this by lifting the wrapping paper and shifting the present. Check to make sure there is enough to cover the bottom, too.

Step 3: The First Fold
Fold the right side up and onto the front on your present, so that the paper touches the top left corner and the bottom right corner. If the paper doesn’t cover the right side of your present, just shift the present a little till it does.

Step 4: The Second Fold
This fold is a little tricky. You need to put your index finger on the inside of the wrapping paper. Then use your second finger to fold the excess paper towards the left while folding upright. The fold should happen exactly at the bottom right corner. If the excess paper gets a little bunched that's okay, because it gets covered by the part you're pulling up.
When you do this step correctly you get a straight fold going up the right side of your package.

Step 5: The Third Fold
This fold is an easier version of the second fold. I found it was easiest to rotate the present 90 degrees counter clockwise for this fold. Your hand is in the same position and you are pulling up while tucking the excess to the left. It's easier because there is less excess paper. You should also end up with a straight fold up the right side.

Step 6:  The Last Fold
The last fold is a double tuck, using both hands and ending with a straight fold along both sides of the top. You're basically stuffing all the unneeded paper from both directions under the top fold.

Step 7: Add 1 Piece of Tape
That's right, this hack uses only one piece of tape!
I added the piece of tape to the corner where the two flaps met. This creates a pocket that's perfect for sticking in holiday cards. I like to tuck the edges of that pocket in to make it look neater, but you don't have to.
Happy Holidays Everyone! !!!
Suggested materials:
  • 1 piece of tape
  • Wrapping paper
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  • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Dec 02, 2016
    First -- I LOVE this idea! No trimming of wrapping paper so no traces of evidence for children to discover, lol. My question is this: When you held up the wrapped item after using the one piece of tape, does the flap that you see on stage right of the package just kind of dangle or could you tape that down?
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