Present Wrapping Tips + 3 Easy Gift Wrap Ideas

Do you struggle to wrap a pretty package? My fun and easy present wrapping tips make it a snap to give a beautiful gift! Plus, I’m sharing three easy gift wrap ideas for you to try.

Easy Present Wrapping Tips + 3 Easy Gift Wrap Ideas! Learn how to wrap a beautiful package ... it's simple with my easy to follow tricks!| Hello Little Home

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I’ve always loved wrapping gifts. It’s so fun to add that special touch that makes the outside of the present almost as good as what’s inside.

My mom was always very creative with her gift wrapping, creating intricate bows and fun designs. I loved those packages growing up, and my goal is always to make my gifts look half as nice as hers did.

As much as I enjoy the process, I haven’t always been that great at it. I’ve been practicing though, and after lots of poorly wrapped gifts, I’ve learned some present wrapping tips that will guarantee a gorgeous package.

Today, I’m sharing my tips and tricks … from wrapping things up to tying a beautiful bow to adding a special touch with heat embossing. Plus, I’ve got three easy gift wrap ideas for adding that extra special touch.

How to Wrap a Professional Looking Present

Once you master these easy present wrapping tips, you’ll never give a wonky-looking gift again!

You’ll need:

The trick to creating a gorgeous, seamless package is to use double-sided tape anywhere regular tape might show:

  1. Place the box upside down on a sheet of wrapping paper. Pull the paper to the edge of the box and tape in place with regular tape (shown). Trim the loose end of the paper so it reaches halfway across the package (fold the edge over for a neat seam, if you wish). Place a long strip of double-sided tape on the edge and fold it over the package, smoothing into place. You should have an almost invisible seam.
  2. Work on one end of the box at a time. When folded down, the paper edge should almost meet the bottom of the box. Trim it if necessary. Press the center of the paper down and tape into place with regular tape. Crease the edges of the paper to make two neat triangles on either side.
  3. Place a strip of double-sided tape on the inside of each triangle and fold in neatly to seal.
  4. After both ends are folded in, you should have one triangle at the base of the package. Cover the edges with double-sided tape and fold up.
  5. You will have a neatly folded end with no visible tape. Repeat on the other side.

Present Wrapping Tips ... how to wrap a gorgeous gift, plus three easy gift wrap ideas! | Hello Little Home It really is easy to get a beautifully package with these present wrapping tips. The key is to use double-sided tape and to make sharp creases as you work.

Tie a Beautiful Bow (without a Bump Under the Package)

Recently, I learned how to double-wrap ribbon around a package without creating a bump under the box. I thought this tip was worth sharing!

How to Tie a Bow! Plus, get my easy Present Wrapping Tips and 3 fun Gift Wrap Ideas! | Hello Little HomeHere’s how to create that perfect bow with a double wrap:

  1. Start with your present facing up. Place the ribbon underneath the box.
  2. Draw both ends of the ribbon up to the top of the box. Adjust the ribbon so you have one long end (long enough to wrap around the box) and one short end.
  3. Twist the ribbon on the top of the box, and then wrap only the long end all the way around the box. The short end stays on top of the box.
  4. Tuck the long end under the twist on top of the box to hold it in place.
  5. Tie a standard bow, taking your time to twist everything perfectly into place. Fold the end of the ribbon in half and cut it on an angle to create a double point.

How to Tie a Bow! Plus, get my easy Present Wrapping Tips and 3 fun Gift Wrap Ideas! | Hello Little HomeIsn’t that a cool tip? I wish I had always known that!

Add a Special Touch with Heat Embossing

Have you ever tried heat embossing? It’s a really simple stamping technique that creates a beautiful raised finish. I’m slightly obsessed with it right now!

How to Heat Embossing Pretty Holiday Gift Tags! Plus, get my easy Present Wrapping Tips and 3 fun Gift Wrap Ideas! | Hello Little HomeHeat embossing is perfect for creating cards, making gift tags, or adding a special embellishment to a flat surface (it works on paper, wood, and fabric). You need the following tools:

How to Heat Embossing Pretty Holiday Gift Tags! Plus, get my easy Present Wrapping Tips and 3 fun Gift Wrap Ideas! | Hello Little HomeThe basic steps for heat embossing are this: press your stamp onto a VersaMark Stamp Pad, stamp the image onto paper or another surface, cover the image with embossing powder, then heat the powder with a heating tool to form a raised image.

Once you have the basic steps down, you can experiment with colored inks, special effects, different embossing powders, and even special embossing pens.

Here’s a quick video showing you how it works. You won’t believe how easy it is!

http://youtu.be/htoYVEQrD4E

The nice thing about heat embossing is that once you get the initial supplies, you are set for a while. You only need a little powder for each design (dump anything you don’t use back in the container), so a bottle lasts a long time, as does the stamp pad.

I created an embossed gift tag for each of my easy gift wrap ideas.

Stars, Stripes & Glitter

Easy Gift Wrap Ideas: Stars, Stripes & Glitter! Plus, get my easy present wrapping tips! | Hello Little HomeFor this package, you’ll need:

This gift wrap idea couldn’t be easier. Start by covering the box with the striped paper.

Then, wrap the ribbon over one corner of the box, pull it under the box, and then bring it up over the other corner and tie a bow. This uses less ribbon that double wrapping it around the package (like I demonstrated above), so it works well when you’re short on ribbon.

Next, I used a combination of gold and silver stars to decorate the top of the box. Create a pattern you like before committing to sticking them on.

Easy Gift Wrap Ideas: Stars, Stripes & Glitter! Plus, get my easy present wrapping tips! | Hello Little HomeThe package is finished with a simple “J” gift tag that I created using my heat embosser. For this tag, I used a VersaMarker Pen instead of a stamp.

I drew the large “J” with the pen, embossed it in gold, then went back and added the accents with the silver embossing powder. So simple, yet so pretty!

Easy Gift Wrap Ideas: Stars, Stripes & Glitter! Plus, get my easy present wrapping tips! | Hello Little HomeHearts & Strings

This package may have been even easier than the first! It makes the perfect wrapping for a teen or any woman really. Switch the colors up for a guy.

Easy Gift Wrap Ideas: Hearts & String! Plus, get my easy present wrapping tips! | Hello Little HomeYou’ll need:

Cover your package with the kraft paper. Then wrap the string around the present multiple times, overlapping in places. Tape the ends of the string in place on the bottom of the package.

Press the heart stamp onto the VersaMark stamp pad and then onto your card stock. Cover with gold embossing powder and then emboss with the heating tool.

Write a name or message on the back of the card and then tuck it under the string.

Easy Gift Wrap Ideas: Hearts & String! Plus, get my easy present wrapping tips! | Hello Little HomeThis makes such a quick and distinctive package, plus, it’s perfect for shipping since there are no bulky bows or ornaments to crush.

Classic Gold & Stripes

I love how this pretty package turned out. You can never have enough gold around the holidays, and with the striped ribbon, it almost has a nautical look.

Easy Gift Wrap Ideas: Classic Gold & Stripes! Plus, get my easy present wrapping tips! | Hello Little HomeHere’s what you’ll need:

Cover the package with the gold wrapping paper, then tie a bow using my tips above.

Cut a small gift tag out of the card stock. Press the stamp onto the stamp pad and then onto the card stock. Cover the image with the gold powder and then emboss it with the heating tool.

Add a message inside the card and then tuck it under the ribbon.

Easy Present Wrapping Tips + 3 Easy Gift Wrap Ideas! Learn how to wrap a beautiful package ... it's simple with my easy to follow tricks!| Hello Little HomeDo you enjoy wrapping gifts, too? Which gift wrap idea is your favorite?

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I’m am totally loving that gold and blue wrapped gift! I used the same ribbon in red this year but I think next year gold and blue will be my theme! so pretty

Great tips! I love your pretty packages!

I love a pretty wrapped package! They are so much more fun to open than gift bags!

Thanks so much for sharing at Show Me Saturday! Can’t wait to see what you share this weekend!

~ Ashley

Your wrapping looks amazing. I especially like those heat embossed gift tags! I’m a bit of a paper geek and card loving gal so the fact that you are making cards too makes my heart smile.

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