Rwanda Express (Kigali)

Rwanda: Simple Art of Wrapping Various Gifts

opinion

Gift wrapping has become a necessity to most people, because it is a culture to show up to a friend's party with something in your hand.

Although people ignore trying it, wrapping your gift can be fun and creative; after all it's a simple process though it requires some accuracy.

A few people, who know how, take the trouble of wrapping them on their own if necessary, but the majority are accustomed to getting the work done from service providers.

Whichever the case, it's vital to learn how to wrap a gift because you can never know when you might need the service but in vain when the party is 10 minutes away.

If you are one of those people that can never get the wrapping right, follow the easy method of wrapping a small box and your next present will look as pretty as what is inside.

What You Need

Wrapping paper, scissors, tape

Follow These Eight Easy Steps

Gather wrapping materials. Assemble your present, the wrapping paper, scissors, and tape, and then clear a large, flat surface such as a kitchen table.

Secure fragile items. Make sure that anything fragile within your box is wrapped securely and will not move around or become damaged in the process.

Measure out how much paper to cut. Roll out your wrapping paper but do not cut it yet. Place the box in the center of the spread paper, upside down, so the seams of the paper will end up on the bottom of the package.

Bring the paper up one side and over the top of the box, all the way to the opposite edge. Estimating how much additional paper you will need to cover the side of the box that's not yet covered, cut the paper.

Secure the paper to the box with tape. Center the box on the paper. Bring one side of the paper up the side and halfway across the top, sticking it to the box with a piece of tape.

Fold the other side for a cleaner edge. Before bringing the second side of paper up and over the first; create a clean seam by folding over the last half-inch or so of the paper, using your fingers to create a tight crease. Now bring this side up so it just overlaps the first one and fasten with tape.

Fold the paper on each side of the present. Starting on one end, fold down the top flap onto the side of the box, creating two little wings at the side. Flatten those in against the box, and then fold the remaining triangle of paper up against the box. Fasten it in place with tape.

Stand the box up and repeat folding to the other side. Set your box on end, with the side you just worked on facing down, and repeat step 6 on the opposite end.

Add finishing touches. Add any ribbon or decorative bows to your gift.

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