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No more tape? Wrap your Christmas presents with this gift wrapping hack

This origami-inspired method is a faster, easier and more eco-friendly way to wrap your gifts. Read on for a step-by-step demo to make sure you present your presents in style
 

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Whether you are buying a gift for your mum, special someone, or even an acquaintance, you'd want to make sure you present your presents in style.

But after all the thought you put into finding the perfect gift, who has time to think about a beautiful and creative way to wrap it?

So if you are in cold sweat attempting to wrap a mountain of presents before heading to an end-of-the-year party, follow this step-by-step tutorial to wrap your gifts without any supplies besides your wrapping paper.

 

Step 1: Start off by folding the wrapping paper into thirds to form crease lines, then unfold

Next, fold the lower left-hand corner inwards so that its top edge touches the bottommost horizontal crease.

Fold the right edge of the paper over to meet the vertical edge of the triangular flap.

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Step 2: Unfold and repeat the previous step on the opposite side of the paper

Unfold, then fold the lower left edge of the paper diagonally upward to meet the vertical crease farthest from it. Pinch-crease the diagonal fold as shown.

Unfold, then repeat the step on the lower right edge of the paper.

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Step 3: Repeat the last two steps with the paper's top edge

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You should end up with this creased pattern. Fold down the upper-third crease you made in step 1.

You should get a square with creases forming an "X" shape on the top half of the paper. Fold down the diagonal crease running from the upper left to bottom right of the "X", so the left side of the paper forms two sides of a three-dimensional "wall". 

 

Step 4:  Fold up the bottom third of the paper and fold along the diagonal crease in its middle to form the third side of the wall

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You should see two overlapping triangular flaps on the base. Fold the upper triangular flap in half. Repeat with the other triangular flap on the base. You will get a box.

 

Step 5: Put your gift in the box and pinch the top edges of the box together

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Folding down the top edges to seal the box. Fold the edges down by 1cm (or more, if you are working with a larger piece of paper) to make a border.

Lift the uppermost layer of the border and squash the centrefolds flat to form a bow tie.

 

Step 6: Fold the bow tie down against the front and back of the bag

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Fold in the corners of the border and tuck them in at the sides of the bag. You're done!

The above steps were adapted from "The Origami Handbook" by Rick Beech.

 

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