Whatever you choose to give to your mum this Mother’s Day, make sure it’s beautifully presented with our guide to flawless gift-wrapping.
Always put your gift into a box if it’s soft or awkwardly-shaped. It’s much easier to wrap a teddy bear in a box than it is to wrap a teddy bear. Stuff the box with tissue paper for extra luxury.
Using a gift box will make wrapping so much easier.
Put your box upside down in the centre of the wrapping paper. This way, your present will be the right way up when it’s wrapped. For a really smooth finish, wrap a sheet or two of tissue paper around the gift first. Bring paper from the long side of the box up to the middle. Do the same on the other side, wrapping the paper snugly around the present. For flawless wrapping, use double-sided sticky tape to fix the join and ensure the join is down the centre of the present so it can be hidden with a bow. (For how to seal the ends of the tissue paper, see Step 5)
Wrap your present in tissue paper first.
Turn your present upside down, to ensure it’s the right way up when wrapped.
Cut just enough paper to cover all sides.
Measure your paper correctly around the gift by flipping your box over on all sides along the paper to ensure it will meet all the way around. Always use sharp scissors to cut the paper and don’t cut more than you need. Too much paper gives a lumpy finish. When cut, fold the cut edges over to give a neat, even finish.
If you’re using patterned wrapping paper, try and match the patterns up when you join the edges. If you’re wrapping a really big present and need to use more than one sheet of paper, ensure the join is down the centre of the present so that you can cover and hide it with ribbon.
Fold the edge over on the cut side for a neat finish.
Use double-sided sticky tape instead of sellotape.
To fold the short ends, face the open end towards you and push the right and left edges of the paper in towards the middle, pushing them flat against the box, to form top and bottom flaps. Press the top flap down, running your fingernail along the edge to create a sharp fold. Tape with double-sided sticky tape. Pull the bottom flap up and tape into place in the same way. Repeat at the other end of the gift.
Use scissors to cut any excess paper that is showing at the points.
Use double-sided sticky tape to fix the top and bottom folds in place.
For a classic bow, lay a long piece of ribbon out flat and place your present onto it, topside down, with the ribbon running down the centre of the longest side of the gift. Pull the ribbon up from both sides, twist in the centre at the bottom of the present, then pull the ribbon up the shorter sides to create a criss-cross. Turn your present over and tie the ribbon in a knot at the centre of the package. Leave ends loose.
Place your gift wrong side up, on the length of ribbon.
Make a twist at the bottom in the centre, then bring the ribbon
up the sides of the box, and turn over.
Make a knot at the centre of the top of the box.
Take the ties under both pieces of ribbon to keep the cross centred.
Using the loose ends create two loops, criss-cross the loops and bring one of the loops through the hole to the other side, and pull tight to form a bow. Fold the loose ties in half lengthways, and snip diagonally to form a V-shape. For a double bow, slide another piece of ribbon underneath the knot and tie a second bow.
Fold ribbon in half and cut diagonally to give fishtail tips.
Et voila! A beautifully wrapped present.