How to Gift Wrap a Purse

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How to Gift Wrap a Purse
Gift wrap a purse in colourful paper. (gift image by Vasina Nazarenko from

If you have a purse that you need to gift wrap, you must first decide how you want the wrapped gift to look. Do you want it to be fun and festive, creative, or simple and elegant? Choose from the wide variety of wrapping paper available or create your own, then complete your gift wrapping with ribbon and a bow. A beautifully wrapped gift will have the recipient eager to find out what's inside.

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Things you need

  • Purse
  • Box
  • Tissue paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Bow
  • Gift card

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    Choose wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbon and a bow that complement one another. Find a box slightly larger than the purse. The purse should fit in the box without having to be bent, crushed or jammed. It should fit snugly, without any extra room for the purse to move or slide around.

  2. 2

    Lay several pieces of tissue paper in the bottom of the box. Place the purse in the box and cover with additional tissue paper. Use tissue paper to fill any empty spots in the box, such as the corners.

  3. 3

    Roll out the wrapping paper, design side down, on a flat surface large enough to work on. Place the box upside down in the centre of the paper. Bring two opposing ends of the paper together, lying flat, at the centre of the top of the box. One side should overlap the other by 1 or 2 inches. Cut off any excess paper.

  4. 4

    Pull the paper tightly and smooth out any wrinkles. Secure with tape.

  5. 5

    Turn the box so that one of the "open" sides is facing you. Fold the top of the wrapping paper down against the side of the box. Then fold the right and left sides toward the centre. Bring the remaining bottom piece up, smoothing out any wrinkles. Pull all sides of the paper together tightly and secure with tape. Turn the box around and repeat this process for the other side.

  6. 6

    Adorn with ribbon or bows and a gift card. Consider using items like yarn or material ribbon instead of traditional curling ribbon. Choose a bow or other accessory to finish off your wrapping project.

  7. 7

    Wrap a purse without a box in the same manner. Start by laying the purse flat in the centre of the wrapping paper and follow the above steps. The awkward shape of most purses will make this a challenge, but it can be done if you take your time.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't limit yourself to items available in the store when it comes to gift wrap. For instance, you can wrap a present in newspaper, material or computer printer paper that you have printed a special message on.
  • In lieu of a box you can put a purse in a gift bag with tissue paper.

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