Do you find it difficult to judge the size of gift wrapping paper when you’re wrapping a gift?  You don’t have to guess, there is a simple system you can use to measure the correct sized paper every time.  All it takes is to add a measuring tape to your gift wrapping supplies, and knowing what to measure.  So if you’d like to know how to cut the perfect sized piece of gift wrapping paper every time, read on.

Difficulty:  Medium

Things you need:

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Box (with gift inside)
  • Gift wrapping paper

Instructions

How to Cut the Perfect Sized Piece of Gift Wrapping Paper(69710)Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 1:  Lay your gift box down as shown in the picture.  Notice the terms: top, front, and side.



How to Cut the Perfect Sized Piece of Gift Wrapping Paper(69709)Credit: Amberdawn 2011 

 

Step 2:  Imagine your box has been flattened out as shown in the diagram.  Now you can see all 6 sides of the box at once. 



 

 

How to Cut the Perfect Sized Piece of Gift Wrapping Paper(69707)Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 3:  Measure the height of this diagram.  On your gift box, this means measuring the short edges of the back, top, front, and bottom.  In the diagram, the total of all four of these lengths is 18 inches.  Add 2 more inches to this total.  This will allow the paper to overlap when you start wrapping the gift and you need to tape it.



How to Cut the Perfect Sized Piece of Gift Wrapping Paper(69711)Credit: Amberdawn 2011 

Step 4:  Measure the length of the diagram.  On your gift box, this means measuring the length of the top, the length of the bottom, and down each side.  In the diagram, your total is 32 inches.  This time, subtract 2 inches* from the total to get 30.  This is because when you go to fold the paper over the sides, the sides of the box will overlap.  Extra paper would NOT do you any favors here.

How to Cut the Perfect Sized Piece of Gift Wrapping PaperCredit: Copyright 2011 AmberdawnStep 5:  Measure the sheet from the wrapping paper roll you’re using.  Cut a rectangle that is 20 inches by 30 inches for the above example.  You now have the perfect sized sheet of gift wrapping paper to work with. 

More Information:

For more information on gift wrapping, see my companion article, "How to wrap presents easily," coming soon!

Special Note:

*In step 4, the box in my example is 32 inches, so subtracting 2 inches works well.  If  you are wrapping a tiny box where the sides are smaller than 2 inches, obviously you don't want to trim that much off!  So in that case, measure the sides going across in that same diagram in step 4.  Subtract 1/4 the length.  That is, if the box is 1 inch, subtract 1/4 of an inch.  This will give you just enough overlap to cover the sides, without them bunching up. 

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