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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Just a gift-wrap reminder: diagonal for the win!

Many of us are wrapping gifts this week or next. I've talked about this tip before but wanted to remind you friends once again.

When your gift wrap is just short of the ends meeting on the backside when wrapping conventionally (paper ends are parallel to the boxes sides), turn the paper on the diagonal and see if the paper will fully cover your gift.

Here's a small box that I was wrapping with a scrap of paper. The paper was about 1/4-inch too short for the ends to meet on the back side. 

I tried turning the box 90 degrees in the other direction, and I just couldn't get it to work. 

So I turned the paper on the diagonal and, presto, the box was thoroughly covered with the paper.

Diagonal for the win!


  1. Good reminder. The package looks cute with the striped string tied around it.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I thought the baker's twine (I think that's what it's called) looked cute with the gift wrap, too.

      Will your snow last until Christmas? We're expecting a rainy Christmas here. No snow in the forecast at all.

  2. I wrapped gifts today. Not my favorite job, but at least it's done. I didn't have to use the diagonal trick this year, but I used it last year--it's a great tip! Sounds like you are making progress on your Christmas preparations.

    1. Good job, Kris! Now you're done with the wrapping and can move on to activities that you enjoy more, plus now you can spend more time with your kids and hubby.

  3. I used the diagonal earlier this week, love it


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