This speedy method is a Christmas miracle.
Known for their expertly-folded and awe-inspiring origami designs, the Japanese are quickly becoming famous for another technique using paper. The art of gift wrapping now has everyone turning to the Far East for inspiration.
Ever since a video of a shop assistant wrapping Christmas presents at a popular Japanese department store appeared online, the Interwebs have been buzzing with curiosity as to how so many gifts were wrapped at such a rapid pace. Turns out, all it takes is three pieces of tape and a little bit of practice.
Although the Japanese method looks harder than it actually is, the speedy technique will come in handy when you’re in a time crunch and have a mounting pile of presents and packages to adorn. With the help of YouTuber BeatTheBush, here's a step-by-step guide so you can mirror the gift-wrapping expertise at home. Once you’ve successfully mastered it, it should only take you 15 seconds to give your presents a little holiday flair and some much-needed pizzazz. Go ahead and grab some festive wrapping paper and tape to nail these three basic folds.
- Start by cutting the wrapping paper down to size to fit the gift.
- Next, place the gift in the middle and rotate it so it fits inside the wrapping paper on one edge.
- Then pull the corner of the paper up and over the gift to make a crease in the wrapping. At the end of that crease will be another corner. Take that corner and lift it upwards towards the gift, using your index finger to push the folded paper down.
- Once the edges line up with the gift, start taping the wrapping in place at each corner, working in a clockwise direction around the gift.
Voilà! A perfectly wrapped present to gift to your loved ones. Now the only thing left to do is to add a shiny red bow on top.
Study the exact technique used in the tutorial video below:
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After a few attempts, you’ll be well on your way to wrapping gifts like a pro. With the extra time saved, you can spend it baking delicious cookies or watching your favorite Hallmark Christmas movies.