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November 25, 2021
It’s officially almost gift-giving season, which means it’s time to face the pile of presents that you need to wrap up.
Boxes or rectangular presents are easy enough to work with, but when you’re faced with anything else you’re left
Of course, if you want to make it easier, you could just put it in a box, but if you want to attempt to wrap it yourself then stay tuned.
Thankfully, gift-wrapping guru Natasha has learned a thing or two over the years about how to wrap oddly-shaped presents and is sharing her secrets on her TikTok.
Natasha has racked up a staggering 1.7 million followers on her account @effectivespaces, where she shares organisation tips, fancy folding techniques and all of her gift wrapping secrets.
In a series of videos, Natasha has given step-by-step instructions on how to tackle difficult presents properly.
In one clip, Natasha demonstrates how simple it is to wrap a circular gift.
She starts by measuring the circumference of the tin with a piece of rope to work out how much paper she needs.
Then she sets the tin on its side in the middle of the paper and wraps it fully around the gift before securing it with tape.
She then begins folding the excess paper into the middle, section by section, to ensure there is no bulky bunching. She repeats this process on the other side.
In another video, Natasha explains how to wrap a plant.
Cut a piece of fabric or tissue paper into the shape of a square and place the base of the plant pot in the middle.
Then take one corner of the material and bring it up and tuck it into the pot.
Repeat this process until there is no fabric left, and secure it with a pretty piece of ribbon.
These might be the most challenging of them all.
Natasha starts by folding a large piece of paper so both sides meet in the middle (making sure to slightly overlap) and uses a piece of tape to hold it in place.
Then, she folded a section of the paper at the bottom so she was able to make a base for the parcel.
After popping in the teddy, she uses a strip of paper to create a handle.
Gift wrapping a ball is tricky business, no matter the size.
To do so, follow the same technique as you would when you wrap a teddy.
Take a square piece of paper and fold two sides in on itself making sure there’s a slight overlap.
Fold up the base and tape it down, before popping the ball inside.
Then all you need to do is roll down the top and secure it and you’ve got a perfectly wrapped ball.
Natasha also has a technique for wrapping all of those items with jagged edges, like nail polishes and lotions with a pump.
She started by taking a sheet of wrapping paper and making a small fold at the bottom before folding the whole thing in half twice more.
She then unfolded the entire sheet so she can use the folds she made as a guide for where to cut.
Working in the opposite direction to the way in which she made those folds, she folds the paper lengthwise twice and unfolds the sheet once again.
She makes four cuts on one side and secures the other with double-sided tape.
You should be left with a rectangle gift box, which is perfect for storing anything like nail varnish or a small bottle of lotion.
For any heavier items, Natasha suggests putting a piece of cardboard in the bottom to create a sturdy base and use a lot of tape.