How to Wrap Parcels Like the Japanese

Written by karen miller
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The Furoshiki is a type of wrapping paper used by the Japanese for wrapping parcels and gifts. While there are different styles to use when wrapping your parcels in Furoshiki paper, the basic or fourfold wrap still remains the most popular. The Furoshiki provides a practical way for you to wrap an item, without making use of a ribbon or any extravagant type of paper. The simplicity of this design is what makes it appealing and easy to use.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Furoshiki paper or any type of cloth
  • Parcel
  • Clear tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Spread your Furoshiki paper or cloth on a flat surface. The size of your paper or cloth will depend on the object you are wrapping. Seal your parcel with clear tape to make sure that its contents will not get lost.

  2. 2

    Place your parcel right in the middle of your Furoshiki paper, making sure that the four pointed ends are parallel to the middle portions of the sides of your box. This will ensure that you have enough paper to pull when wrapping your parcel.

  3. 3

    Label each corner of the paper as A, B, C and D. You don't have to mark it with a pencil or marker; you just need to remember each point.

  4. 4

    Pull up Corner B and use it to cover the box and tuck its end underneath the parcel. Do the same for Corner D, covering the cover made by Corner B.

  5. 5

    Hold up Corners A and C at the opposite sides of your boxed parcel to make sure that they are even. Create a square knot using both ends right in the middle of your parcel.

  6. 6

    Tuck Corner D underneath the box to create a neatly wrapped parcel. Hold your parcel with one hand at its knotted ends at the centre in order to carry it to its destination.

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