A DIY expert has revealed her clever hacks for wrapping Christmas presents, revealing the common mistake many of us make while wrapping box-shaped gifts.
Sharing all in a YouTube post, mum Kallie Branciforte reveals how the ‘diagonal wrapping method’ will save you time and money during the festive season.
Explaining that while many of us wrap boxes by simply putting the box in the middle of a square of wrapping paper, this can often waste a lot of wrapping paper and make for imperfect results.
Kallie - who runs the successful blog But First, Coffee - also reveals that the diagonal wrapping method is also perfect forwhen you don’t have enough paper for the box in question or have simply cut your paper too small.
She says: ‘Even when you don’t think you have enough paper to wrap an item.
‘It works if you’ve cut your paper too small, but it’s going to save you money as well because you don’t have to buy as much wrapping paper.’
While many of us start wrapping boxes by putting the item square ... in the middle of the paper
... Kallie insists you should place it on a diagonal angle.
You can follow Kallie’s simple tutorial here, but in a nutshell it works by placing the box on a diagonal angle in the middle of the wrapping paper and then taping the two corners to the top of the box.
You then fold in the pieces of paper at the far end of the box using Kallie’s technique to tuck the edges so they’re flush with the box. You then repeat that process on each side until the box is completely wrapped!
Kallie then starts by bringing the two corners at the side of the paper to the top of the box ...
... and then folding in the sides.
Kallie also has lots of other tips for wrapping difficult and tricksy items - head here for more!
Amy SinclairAmy Sinclair is the editor of New Idea Food. She is a former weekly magazine editor who loves all things food, cooking and eating - especially the eating! When she's not looking after her three children, you'll find her in the kitchen or busily hiding online shopping purchases from her husband.