What to Do When You Run Out of Wrapping Paper

Run out of wrapping paper

I’m going to start by saying that first of all, this shouldn’t happen. Measure your paper properly to begin with and you won’t find your box peeking from beneath the gift wrap at the sides. However, sometimes even the best of us run out of paper. My advice is usually to start over with a new sheet, but sometimes this isn’t possible. Maybe the box is too big for the width of the roll. Maybe you’re in a rush and don’t have time to start again. Or maybe you just don’t want to waste the paper. Whatever the reason, sometimes you need to make up for shortcomings. Now, the goal here is to make your present look as polished and professional as it would if you had had enough paper. You want to make hiding the remainder of the box look purposeful. In this case, it’s all about shape.

What to do if you run out of wrapping paper

Cut a circle large enough to cover the gap. Use a circular object as your template and trace around it with pencil onto the back of a scrap of wrapping paper — either the same paper as what you’ve wrapped the box in, or a complementary colour or pattern. Once cut, attach a few pieces of double-sided tape to the back of the circle. Centre on the end of the gift, over the gap, then stick down. Do the same on both ends, even if only one end shows the box. Your final result will look like an extra-large seal or sticker. Everyone will think you meant for the present to look that way. It’s all about turning a mistake into a finishing touch.

The solution to when you run out of wrapping paper