How To Wrap Gifts Like A Pro (Video)

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I stopped by Cityline to show host Tracy Moore how to wrap gifts perfectly. Plus I shared easy, inexpensive ways to dress up gifts.

Watch here…

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Tracy Moore:
It’s all a matter of: how much effort are we going to put into it? For me, I think the wrapping is almost more important than what’s in there.

Denise Wild:
I completely agree. I’m so glad you said that.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
I want people to focus on wrapping this season. When you put something in a beautiful package, it makes the gift that much more special.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Especially if people keep their gifts under a tree or they don’t open them right away; then there’s the anticipation, “Oh, what’s inside this beautiful box?” right?

Tracy:
Exactly!

Denise:
So, I have some tricks for doing it and then we’re going to wrap a box. I’ll show you how to do that like a pro.

Tracy:
Okay, good stuff.

Denise:
Alright.

Tracy:
The first one?

Denise:
Let’s start off with a bow. So any regular wrapping paper that you do, it really looks best when you finish it with a gorgeous bow.

Tracy:
Yeah, you’re right.

Denise:
When you’re choosing ribbon, I recommend something that has a wire in it, because then you get to shape it into something really beautiful. You know, you can fluff it out and make this stand out, like this, so it has a lot of volume. And then to cut your ends, just fold this in half, take a sharp pair of scissors–

Tracy:
Oh!

Denise:
–you can cut it like this or you can cut it at an angle.

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
But that’s really key too. Sometimes I’ll even take scissors in the car, and when I’m taking someone a gift, I’ll cut the bow at the very end, because you don’t want it to fray at all–

Tracy:
Oh, my gosh–

Denise:
–you want it to look really sharp and perfect.

Tracy:
–you’re a perfectionist.

Denise:
Oh, it– it’s all about the bow.

Tracy:
That’s great! Wow!

Denise:
So look for, you know, great, unexpected details in your ribbon.

Tracy:
Mmm hmm.

Denise:
And for, you know; spend the money for a nice ribbon. You can use any regular paper–

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
–but when you have a beautiful bow, it just takes your gift up to the next level.

Tracy:
You can use craft paper, right?

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
Which is what you’ve done here.

Denise:
Yes. So, I was using white wrapping paper and craft paper. And just buy little accessories and a glue gun; you can make your gifts look so beautiful and so different. This is just a torn edge. So I wrapped first in white–

Tracy:
Mmm hmm. Yeah.

Denise:
–and I took a torn edge of craft paper and wrapped it a second time.

Tracy:
Oh, that’s pretty.

Denise:
You know, just little things from the Dollar Store. Just wrap it up, glue it on–

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
–and it looks beautiful. So, this too, I was using the Scotch Expressions tape. So this is your washi tape–

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
–but you can take your paper, like you said, you know – craft paper or a plain wrapping paper. You know, it’s not messy; you just tape it on.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
You can either lay the paper flat and do it all across the paper first, before you wrap, or you can wrap it up and then wrap the tape around.

Tracy:
And then wind it around.

Denise:
It’s so much fun. Look at the little Christmas tree too.

Tracy:
Oh, this is pretty!

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
So all made out of tape?

Denise:
And easy to do. All with the Scotch tape.

Tracy:
Yeah, that is very easy to do and I like this too. I like this asymmetrical crosses going here.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
It’s such a little thing, but I think it makes such a big difference.

Denise:
Yes. So, let’s wrap. I’m going to get these out of the way, because I want you to be hands-on and wrapping.

Tracy:
Okay. Are we going to have a wrap challenge?

Denise:
We should, but I think I’ll probably win. I’ll be honest.

Tracy:
I think you will too.

Denise:
I’ll be honest.

Tracy:
I think she’s right.

Denise:
Okay. So, what you want to do first… When you’re cutting out wrapping paper – I have some pre-cut out for you.

Tracy:
Oh, thank you.

Denise:
You want to make sure you’re not using too much paper. So, you want to actually take your box and roll it around and make sure that it fits. Make sure that you’re not going to have too much excess.

Tracy:
Yep.

Denise:
And you want the sides to come a little bit higher than half way up the side.

Tracy:
Oh, is that how you measure it?

Denise:
Yes. That way you won’t have a little bit of extra peeking through.

Tracy:
Yes. Okay.

Denise:
Now, let’s talk a little bit about your tape. So you’re not using just regular tape.

Tracy:
No?

Denise:
Um, Scotch Tape has Magic Tape. This one is GiftWrap Tape. They practically disappear into your package, or Double-Sided, which is even better.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So, let’s get started. The first thing that you want to do – which is my little trick – you want to fold over your edge like that.

Tracy:
And is this so I’ll have those perfect, perfect edges, right?

Denise:
Exactly. You fold this over. Usually, the gift is upside-down.

Tracy:
Mmm hmm.

Denise:
We’ll wrap this around. And then we’ll tape it in place. So, again, you don’t want to use just regular tape.

Tracy:
So not just double-sided tape now? Or do I use the double-sided tape?

Denise:
I would save the double-sided tape until the end.

Tracy:
Save it.

Denise:
So–

Tracy:
Do you get your daughter to be your tape holder?

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
That’s with mine; she loves that job.

Denise:
You know, I wouldn’t say that this is a good one for kids, because you want it to be perfect. So I could use the double-sided tape here, I think you have that one. Oh, here why don’t you use the double-sided tape?

Tracy:
Oh, so we don’t want any of the tape to show?

Denise:
Exactly. And if you’re really hardcore–

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
–you’ll take this crease here and line it up over on the side.

Tracy:
Oh, stop it!

Denise:
Yeah, so that you can’t even see where it ends.

Tracy:
I want a gift from you this season.

Denise:
When having the perfect gift, it’s really all about having the creases.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
So make sure everything folds in perfectly. It creases nice and creases flat.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Like this. Nice and sharp. Use your fingers along- so along the edges, but even on the sides. You just want to get that perfect crease. And then that’s what will help your present look perfect. It’s hard to do upside-down–

Tracy:
Now, okay. So–

Denise:
–and in a rush.

Tracy:
–I feel like this is good. Did you do yours like this? Look, I’m doing mine like this.

Denise:
I like to do that, yeah. But, your creases aren’t good.

Tracy:
Oh, dear!

Denise:
Yeah, oh!

Tracy:
Oh!

Denise:
Oh, I see what you’re doing.

Tracy:
But, what was I thinking? What was I thinking?

Denise:
Yeah. You really need to hold it in first.

Tracy:
Okay. Alright. My creases are good now.

Denise:
And then do it up and then we’ll use the double-sided tape to make that nice and clear.

Tracy:
Now it’s a little bubbly, but it does the trick.

Denise:
It’s not bad. Wait that one’s over here.

Tracy:
Listen, if there’s a ring in there I don’t care about the packaging any more. Okay, like is it jewellery? Or what is it?

Denise:
Do as we say, not as we do.

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