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Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

Hi all, Pretty Handsome Guy here filling in for Brittany. Last night Brittany and I were wrapping presents and I thought I’d share with you some common gift wrap problems and how to deal with them.  Think of this as the polar opposite of her Creative Gift Wrapping series of posts.

The Squish and Tape and Tape and Tape

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you ever end up with a present that hangs out of the wrapping paper?

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

No problem, simply squish the gift inside the packaging as far as you can…

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

…and quickly fold over the end and slap on some tape. Then use some more tape to close the gaps,

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

and just for good measure add some more tape. Hey, tape is cheap, no need to be stingy with it!

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

All done, and the goal of hiding the present has been achieved!

The Panel (not to be confused with the type of pants pregnant women wear.)

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

How many times have you cut your wrapping paper only to realize that it is too short to go around the package? When it comes to wrapping presents I adhere to the adage “measure never, just cut it”.  I mean seriously people we aren’t building a house here, what you are wrapping is meant to be destroyed anyways.

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

Here is the solution! It is called the panel. Simply cut another piece of wrapping paper the width of the gap (or maybe a little wider.)

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

Tape it on (no need to match up the pattern, no one will see the bottom when it is under the tree.). Bonus points if you can manage to use 2-3 different types of wrapping paper – just tell everyone it is a “holiday medley”.

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

Super easy solution and the best part is that you don’t have to go back and cut a whole new piece of wrapping paper.  The environment will thank you for this one.

The Nip, Tuck & Roll

Now we are down to one of the most common wrapping problems. What to do when you have too much wrapping paper on the ends of your package.  And yes I realize most of these “problems” are a function of not measuring in the first place but whatever.

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

Normally I would simply roll the sides in until they meet the package, but in an effort to neaten things up a bit, you can simply gather the end in your hands and snip off the excess.

Now simply fold in the end towards the box.
Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl
Continue to roll the paper in…

…until you reach the box, then smash the end down with your hand to flatten it.

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl
And tape your end down.
Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl
Done. Problem solved, any questions?
Adding a Gift Tag (bet you’ve never seen it done this way!)
Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl
I found the little key tags that Brittany bought for tagging her presents. Creative idea and all but sheesh a lot more work than a stick-on “To/From” tag.  But I devised a new way to attach them to the gift without ribbon.
Simply grasp a corner of your package and use a hole punch to make a hole in the gift wrap.
Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

Then take a piece of tape and twist it into what I call a “tapepick” (looks like a toothpick.)

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl
Thread the “tapepick” into the hole you made in your gift wrap.
Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl
Then grab another piece of tape and fold it over the ends of your tapepick to secure them.
Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl
That’s it. Thanks for reading my post today. Hopefully Brittany will invite me back to show you how I make a bed in less than 10 seconds!
– Pretty Handsome Guy

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43 replies
  1. ScrappinCntryGrl
    ScrappinCntryGrl says:

    LOL..love it…i had a few gifts like this under our tree as well…do ya'll have a handbook somewhere? But at least you wrapped it and not in a bag! Merry Christmas and I hope she feels better!

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  2. Caron
    Caron says:

    Between the 2 of you, I think you have all bases covered! Link, I like your methods, and have used most of them at least once a Christmas.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  3. Alex
    Alex says:

    Very nice. I especially like the "squish" and "smash" techniques. I'm pretty sure I've seen my own guy use similar techniques when wrapping up dinner leftovers. Merry Christmas xo

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  4. Starwood Country Creations
    Starwood Country Creations says:

    Hilarious! We need more posts like this to break up the perfection.
    I hope Brittany is feeling better real soon.

    Joanne

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  5. Baye
    Baye says:

    You should see the gift my son wrapped for his girlfriend. I'm wondering if they'll still be dating by New Year's day. Well, I guess Pretty Handy Girl kept you, so maybe Kelsey will hold only my son;-}

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  6. Sawdust and Paperscraps
    Sawdust and Paperscraps says:

    Haha this was hilarious. I've used the panel technique a few times myself. We discovered why we ran out of paper this year after opening all the presents our daughter wrapped. They all had about 5 times the paper needed for the job. She said she was trying to make sure she didn't cut them too small like she has done in that past! Merry Christmas!

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  7. Denise
    Denise says:

    OH how i miss your humor! LOL This proves blogging can make anything look official and authoritative! 🙂 WAy to go, I know Eric will love it. I honestly thought the tape pick was a zip strip at first which is the miracle of all miracles for Eric. He could write the book 1001+ uses for zip strips in his sleep. We've used them on shoes, everything! 🙂

    Merry Christmas PHG and PHG! 🙂 Hope you are all well soon!

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  8. Margie
    Margie says:

    LOVE IT! I applied many of these techniques myself this year! I even put my finger through the paper after I was done with the package and just ignored it! Looking back, I see I could have benefited from the use of one of those little key tags, it would have fit right through the hole!

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  9. sahmaunt
    sahmaunt says:

    My favorite post of the season!! It's refreshing to see perfection fly out the window. Leaves a bit of wriggle room for the rest of us.

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  10. InMyOwnStyle
    InMyOwnStyle says:

    Hi Pretty Handsome Guy-

    What a cute post. Made me smile big time. Doesn't mattter how the wrapping looks – it was wrapped with lots of love and that is all that matters. Loved this post. I hope you and Brittany had a wonderful Christmas.
    My best- Diane

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  11. Caitlin Campbell
    Caitlin Campbell says:

    I love it! I have to admit that Pretty Handy Guy's approach is very similar to my own approach when I just get lazy and am sick of wrapping. He's right…the idea is to cover the present right? They are just going to rip into it soon enough so does it really matter what it looks like???? Kind of like lingerie! Haha!

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  12. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Written and illustrated like a true master. Glad to know that the few presents that I have wrapped, I have done correctly.

    John Marble

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  13. pinktoesandpowertools
    pinktoesandpowertools says:

    Thank you so much for the good laugh–that post was hilarious!! Even more so because My Man wraps much the same way!

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  14. Allison @ House of Hepworths
    Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    Oh my gosh, you two are hilarious! Thank you so much for the literal out loud laughs. Good thing my Diet Dr Pepper didn't spray out my mouth and fry my keyboard and computer.

    I'm still LOLing. Your husband should totally guest post more often.

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  15. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    Oh my stars, I'm new to PHG, and am going through the archives tonight, came across this post, IMd it to my husband, and now he's dying laughing upstairs while I am dying laughing downstairs. That was pure AWESOMENESS! Thanks for the laugh!!

    Reply
  16. Cherie
    Cherie says:

    That is too funny. I have seen my Handsome Man and my kids wrap presents like that.
    Thank you for the laugh and to know it is ok to wrap presents like this 😉

    Cherie

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  17. Erin Fesperman
    Erin Fesperman says:

    This is exactly how I wrap gifts. I STRUGGLE – and I have no clue why. I can bake, draw, etc etc etc – Heck, I can even keep it in the lines when I’m coloring (go me!) but when it comes to a box, paper, tape, ribbon and scissors – I’m screwed. My 3 year old niece wraps better than I do.

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  18. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    Love it! Your post brought back memories of receiving gifts wrapped like yours….but mine also contained lots of duct tape. One year, I found a gift addressed to me and the ‘from’ said “Love, Santa”.

    Reply

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