This easy method lets you measure, cut, and fold paper into a present that works for all gift-giving occasions.

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wrapping gift box with wrapping paper
Olivia Kanaley Inman

Whether it's Christmas, a birthday, or a housewarming party, it's always a thoughtful gesture to present someone with a wrapped gift. Lidded paper gift boxes are a gift-wrapping go-to for a reason—they're not only polished, but they're also sturdy and make gift-wrapping a breeze. They hold up beautifully to being reused or repurposed around the house, which makes them a great sustainable gift-wrapping option. While they often require little more than a simple bow, covering them with gift wrap not only allows you to tailor the look for specific occasions, but can protect the box underneath so it will be beautiful and useful for years to come—be sure to wrap both lid and base separately so that it's easy to open and close.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

step one wrapping gift box with wrapping paper
Step 1

Position the base of the box on a piece of wrapping paper. Leaving a margin equal to the height of the box plus 1/2-inch on all sides, cut the wrapping paper. Using your fingers or a bone folder, make creases along the bottom of the box and fold along each, making a crease along the whole edge of the paper.

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Step 2

Create diagonal creases at each of the four corners by bringing the previously folded edges together and making a crease.

step 3 wrapping gift box with wrapping paper
Step 3

Tuck in the corners as show and fold the excess paper into the interior of the box as shown. Secure with small pieces of tape. Repeat these steps for the lid. Tie the box with a ribbon and gift toppers, if desired.

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