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Wrapping gifts without tape in 7 quick steps: It’s so easy to do it with our instructions!

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This time of year there are many occasions for gift giving. Families and friends gather and celebrate together. Both children and adults are happy to receive festive gifts! Taking the time to wrap a gift is a great way to show someone you care. However, it can be frustrating when you start wrapping and then realize you don’t have any tape on hand. Can you wrap a gift box without tape? Luckily, the answer is, YES! And in this post, you’ll learn how to gift wrap without tape!

Wrapping gifts without tape

Actually wrapping gifts without tape is very simple

Actually, wrapping gifts without tape is very easy and you only need a few materials! You will be surprised how quick and easy the process is!

What materials do you need

Wrap gifts without tape in 7 quick steps - Here's how easy you can do it

With just a few materials, you can achieve a great looking gift box in a few minutes by wrapping your gifts without tape! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or tape measure

Step-by-step instructions: how to wrap gifts without tape

With our tips and instructions, it's easy to wrap a gift without much effort or hassle!

With our tips and instructions, it’s easy to wrap a gift without much effort or hassle!

Step 1
Measure the entire width of the box to determine how much paper you need. Add about 5 inches and mark with a pencil. Using a ruler or tape measure, measure one of the longer sides of the gift box. Then, measure how tall the box is and multiply that number by 2. Add these measurements to find the length you need to cut the wrapping paper to wrap the box without tape.

(Tip: The easiest way to do this is to loosely wrap the paper around the box and mark with a pencil. Cut lengthwise and fold the wrapping paper diagonally in half. Note: it should look like a triangle). If you are wrapping a square box, you can measure each of the sides since they are all the same length.

Fold one of the long flaps over your gift box


Step 2
Lay out the wrapping paper diagonally in the shape of a diamond; center the box in the middle. (Tip: To make sure the box is right, take the top corner of the wrapping paper and slowly slide it over the box. Adjust the position of the box to make sure the top is completely covered by the paper).

Wrapping gifts without tape - Lay out your wrapping paper diagonally in the shape of a diamond

Step 3
First, place the wrapping paper on a flat surface with the decorative side facing down. Pick up the bottom corner of the wrapping paper and lay it flat on the cardboard, in the center of the paper. Run your finger over the bottom right fold to create a smooth crease. Finally, turn the gift box so that the corners of the paper line up with the center of the corresponding side of the box.

Lift the paper to fold the flap over the edge of the box


Step 4
Holding the paper with your left hand, slowly fold the right side of the paper inward with your right hand and index finger. (Note: This should be done naturally.) Hold the paper with your right hand and repeat the process for the left side. Fold one of the long flaps over the gift box.

If you are wrapping a rectangular box, first fold the corresponding flap over one of the longer sides so that the corner of the paper rests in the middle on the box. If you are packing a square box, you can fold one of the flaps up first. Run your finger along the edge to make a crease and smooth out the fold so it holds better.

Pick up the bottom corner of the wrapping paper and lay it flat on the cardboard

Step 5
Lift the 2 side flaps and fold them over the top. Place your hand under one of the flaps on the left or right side of the box. Lift the paper to fold the flap over the edge of the box and place it on top of the already folded flap. Run your finger along the edge to make a fold and hold the flap in place.

Repeat this process to fold the other side flap over the first flap as well. If the folded flaps do not stay in place, you may need to use a paperweight or a heavy object, such as a book, to hold them in place temporarily. The side flaps should meet in the center of the box, creating a “V” shape. They can meet exactly in the middle or overlap slightly – either is fine.

Take the top corner that you folded over the box and tuck it into the bottom slot

Step 6
Take the top point of the wrapping paper and fold it down (note: you may need to fold the edges a bit to make it easy to fold). Fold the last flap over the top of the box. The flap should be over the 3 flaps you already folded up. Run your finger along the edge to crease and smooth the paper at the fold

Step 7
Take the top corner that you folded over the cardstock and tuck it into the bottom slot. Fold it neatly to hold it in place. Hold the last flap flat on the cardboard, paying attention to where the flap meets the edges of the side flaps. Lift the last flap slightly and fold it over so that the crease goes right where the flap meets the edges of the side flaps.

Then use your fingers to tuck the folded corner of the last flap under the side flaps and push it back towards yourself. Once the flap is securely tucked under, the gift should stay wrapped by itself. If the paper curls, run your finger over all the edges again to smooth out the creases even more.

Additional securing of the gift box with a ribbon

Tie a ribbon around the box to hold the wrapping paper in place

Tie a ribbon around the gift to hold the paper in place. Lay out a piece of ribbon on a flat surface. Place the box face down in the center on the ribbon. Fold the pieces of ribbon over the box on both sides and twist them around each other in the middle. Then wrap the ribbon down the other sides. Turn the box over, pull the ribbons together in the middle, and secure with a bow. Instead of ribbon you can use string or ribbons.