How To Properly Measure Paper for Wrapping

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How to Properly Measure Paper for Wrapping

The most common mistake people make when wrapping is measuring their paper wrong. Have too little and, well, you’ll have a hard time covering your box. Too much and you’ll struggle with bulky folds. Cut the right amount and you’re on your way to a perfectly wrapped gift.


The width of your paper should be equal to the width of your box, plus twice the height. For example, for a 12-inch wide box that’s three inches high, the paper should be as wide as 12+3+3 — so 18 inches.


The height of your paper needs to be enough to wrap around the box, plus one to three inches to allow for overlap. For example, if the three-inch-high box is four inches deep, the paper should be 3+4+3+4+2 — so 16 inches tall. The easiest way to measure this is to roll your box along the paper.

About Corinna vanGerwen

I'm a gift wrapping expert, writer, stylist and former decorating editor, writing all about gift wrapping on the Corinna Wraps blog.


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  4. Brainbuster

    Thank you SO much for this. Extremely helpful.

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