Whether you're choosing a spooky book for a mystery-loving friend or a love novel for a romantic sibling, books are often great gifts for loved ones. The standard way of wrapping is quite simple, but if you want, you can embellish the appearance of the gift with beautiful ribbons or unique wrapping paper.
Method 1 of 3: Wrapping the Book in Gift Paper
Step 1. Wrap the book with tissue paper
Place two sheets of tissue paper. Place the book on one edge of the tissue, then fold the tissue over the book. If you want, tape the ends so they don't move. In this way, the book can be avoided from damage because the wrapping paper will be tapered to the tissue paper, not to the book cover directly.
Step 2. Spread the wrapping paper wide enough to wrap the book and cut it straight
Open the wrapping paper of your choice and lay it out with the inside of the paper facing up. Once you have spread the paper wide enough to cover the entire book, use sharp scissors and cut the paper straight from one end to the other, parallel to the roll of paper. Cut quickly and little by little to keep the line straight.
If you're worried that the result won't be straight, take wrapping paper that has stripes on the inside
Step 3. Fold the sides of the paper inward, then glue
Place the book in the center of the wrapping paper and fold one side of the paper so that it partially covers the book. Gently tug until the paper fits snugly against the book, then tape the side of the paper to the center of the book cover. After that, fold the other side over the book in the same way and glue it to the center of the cover.
Step 4. Fold the right and left ends of the wrapping paper to make a triangle
Fold one end of the paper up to the edge of the book and parallel to the long side. Take both corners of the paper and fold them towards the center. This step will result in a triangular shape.
Step 5. Fold the ends of the paper and glue them together
Pull the triangular end over the book. Pull until the folds are tight and secure with tape.
Step 6. Repeat this process on the other end
Turn the book over and fold the other end. Fold the two corners of the paper toward the center to form a triangle as you did on the previous edge. After that, pull the tip of the triangle towards the top of the book and secure it with tape.
Method 2 of 3: Adding the Ribbon
Step 1. Place a roll of ribbon on one side of the book and wrap it around it
Place a roll of ribbon just to the right or left of the wrapped book, then pull the ends horizontally toward the center-front of the book. Stop when the end of the tape is slightly past the edge of the book.
Step 2. Bring the roll of ribbon down and around the parcel
Hold the ends of the tape in place with your fingers. Lift the book and take the rest of the scroll to the bottom side, then back to the front. Hold both ends of the tape in the middle of the book with one hand. The ribbons should cross in the middle and form an "x".
Step 3. Pull one end of the tape up and the other end down
Pull the ribbon above the "x" down and the ribbon under the "x" up. This step will make the ribbon form a cross over the surface of the book.
Step 4. Hold one end of the tape against the book and the other end under it
Use one finger to press the end of the tape against the book and hold it there. Lift the book and bring the ends of the ribbon roll over the book, to the back, then to the center of the cross section.
Step 5. Hold the end of the roll of tape in the middle of the cross section as you cut out
Press your fingers into the center of the cross section to hold everything in place and leave an extra 3–6 cm of ribbon. Use sharp scissors to cut the ribbon from the roll.
Step 6. Tuck the tip under the cross section
Take the end of the newly cut ribbon to the top right corner of the cross. Then, drag it down through the bottom left corner of the cross.
Step 7. Make a knot
Grasp both ends of the tape with both hands and carefully pull it tight. Press the center of the cross with your index finger to keep the ribbon tight. After that, make a simple knot.
Step 8. Make a ribbon knot and trim the ends
Grab each end of the ribbon with both hands, then tie it into a regular knot. Pull the tape tight and adjust it so that the two folds are the same size. Cut both ends of the ribbon so they are the same length.
For a prettier look, take one end of the ribbon and fold it in half vertically. Then, cut the ribbon at an angle from the left side to the right side of the folded ribbon. Open the ribbon and repeat the same steps on the other end of the ribbon
Method 3 of 3: Creatively Wrapping Books
Step 1. Insert writing on the gift wrap to indicate that it is a book
If you're creative and want to wrap your book in a more unique and fun way, consider making your own wrapping paper and/or using a wrapper that hints at the book's theme. For example, consider wrapping a book in newsprint and making colorful ribbons to decorate it. You can also make roses out of paper that has writing on it, then glue it with glue or tape to the front of the gift.
Step 2. Use paper that matches the theme of the book to hint at the contents of the gift
Wrap the book using paper that matches the genre, theme, or character in the book. For example, wrap a children's book in a sheet of coloring paper or use a map to wrap a travel book.
Step 3. Glue a copy of the first paragraph onto wrapping paper to spark interest in reading
Once you've finished wrapping the book, type the first paragraph of the book in pretty font and close the paragraph with an ellipsis. Then, in a different, larger letter, type something like “Happy reading!” and print the paper. Cut the paper around the edges of the text, then glue it with tape or glue to the cardboard to make a pretty frame. After that, glue it with tape or glue to the front of the parcel.