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Gift Wrapping Project – Lining gift boxes with Tissue and Ribbon

You’ve bought the gift and have found a nice little box to pop it in but have no idea how to do the tissue bit.  This is something I am always asked to cover on my gift wrapping workshops and when I trained the staff in Harrods recently, they were desperate to find a quicker way, so here’s help at hand…


turquoise stacked gift boxes

You will need to find a box to house for product or gift and in this project I am using one from our Turquoise Gift Box Sets. I love this colour as it’s suited to any occasion or genre and the recipient will be able to use gift boxes again and again for storage.

Turquoise trio box set

You will need a sheet of tissue and some ribbon as we are going to give it a surprise bow detail inside

gift boxes turquoise

Firstly you need to measure the inside of the box (3 sides) with ribbon and then add about an extra 20cm for the bow.  This will be enough ribbon to tie a single bow around the gift.

Place your cut length of ribbon inside the box

Turquoise Gift Box

Fold your tissue so it is slightly narrower than the box.  I keep the box at the side of the tissue as a visual guide (you will then measure the correct amount).  Fold under any edges to give a polished finish.

Place the folded piece of tissue on top of the ribbon

Gift Boxes Turquose

Add another sheet(s) of tissue and scrunch it in to a cushion and place in the box.

In this case I have used a China Mug from Beverley Hewitt and ensuring there is plenty of padding around it

Turquoise tissue and box

Fold the 2 sides in neatly.  If the sides are too long you can cut them down or fold them under for a polished finish.

Gift Box Set

Tie a bow to finish and add a tag if you wish.  I have used a length of our Pink Gingham Ribbon and a Small white tag which I have punched by hand with a lace detail. (Available from The Range)

turquoise gift boxes

Even if you’re giving a small inexpensive gift, popping it in a gift box and following these easy steps will give it a luxurious finish and look like that you’ve spent a lot more on the purchase and thought.

Christmas gift boxes


Finally decorate your gift box to give it that really luxury element with inexpensive embellishments and Teal wired ribbons.  The recipient will love it!

gift boxes

I am a huge fan of gift boxes as they’re so handy for storing nick nacks, make up and jewellery.

If you’re wrapping a large item such as a tea set, follow these instructions and add a band of paper around the large box to make it look more balanced.


I would love t hear what you are all wrapping, and my next post will be about my forthcoming ‘giftwrapped’ book!


  1. Anna Kessy Ngugi on September 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I really love the art of wrapping and I would like to get more cources on how to go about it

  2. LoRay Campbell on November 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Jane: I LOVE gift wrapping. Your book/course is what I need to learn and develop my skills. I am somewhat of a beginner and I just want to learn and grow in this industry. You have the insight and knowledge of what we all need and thank you for sharing and giving. If you are ever in the southern California area (where I live) I will be there. Please let us know. I’m looking forward to purchasing your book. I’m so excited about it. Thank you

  3. Surface House on October 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    This is a great tutorial! Simple, straightforward and no waffle, well done!
    We’re researching how to gift wrap our new range of handmade cushions.

    Have you tried the tissue wrapping with the outer ribbon – but without a box?
    They look fabulous in the box but for shipping purposes, we need to place the wrapped cushion into the protective padded outer box..
    You clearly have the touch with tissue paper, it can be a temperamental thing!
    Thanks, Laura

  4. STEPHANIE KOMOROWSKI on September 20, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I love this tutorial thank you so much. I make luxury handpoured soy candles and have been struggling how to wrap them in tissue in the gift box. You make it so stylish and easy!
    Thanks Stephanie

  5. Ben Johnson on January 18, 2021 at 7:03 am

    You’ve included some nice and useful resources for Professional gift wrapping. I enjoy reading the article. it is very informative & useful article for gift box with ribbon. Thank you for sharing.

    • jane on February 16, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you

  6. Lienki on July 30, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you very much for this tutorial! It was a life saver, easy, quick and gift looks great.

    • jane on April 26, 2023 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you

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