Japanese-Style Gift Wrapping

Last week I had a delivery of several thousand stickers, featuring a variety of my designs; I thought it would be a fun idea to put stickers in with each of my gift wrap orders, so that my lovely customers could use them to seal their freshly wrapped presents!


I also came across a great YouTube tutorial last week, which shows a Japanese-style gift wrapping technique:

It’s sometimes tricky to keep up with a video, when you’re doing something for the first time, so I thought I would break it down for you, step by step, in my own tutorial, featuring my new stickers!

Step 1

Place your gift on your wrapping paper, so it sits diagonally; there should be a little excess paper at each bottom corner of your gift, with a larger amount of spare paper at the top two corners (see pic). It is with the bottom end of the parcel that we will begin.


Step 2

Fold the bottom corner up, and fold along the edge to make a crisp crease.


Step 3

Start with the bottom left corner, and fold the corner in, as shown.


Step 4

Bring the paper on the left upwards, to form a straight edge, at the corner, as pictured.


Step 5

Now fold along the left edge, to create a crisp fold, and secure the paper with a sticker, as shown.


Step 6

Repeat the same process with the bottom right corner.


Step 7

Now, turn you parcel round, so the end that was furthest away from you, is now nearest to you. Start with the right corner, and fold the paper in from the middle, as shown.


Step 8

Repeat with the left corner.


Step 9

Now, fold the flap of paper up, and fold along the edge to create another crisp fold, then secure with another sticker, as shown.


And You’re Done!


My favourite thing about this style of gift wrapping is the beautiful neat corners it creates:


And, if you practise a lot you might even get as quick as this guy:


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