How to Wrap a Flat Gift (Books, Posters & More)

Packing kraft, a gift book, a gift box, Linen twine, book of wood, handmade

Wrapping a flat gift isn’t as hard as it looks. While you may be scratching your head (or shredding wrapping paper by the masses),  step back and take a deep breath because we made a tutorial!

For this easy peasy step by step, we recruited Colorado Anne. She set us straight on how to wrap a flat gift. What’s considered “flat” do you ask? Books, canvases, posters, even frames.

You can finally gift these flat items without casually shoving them into a gift bag. Yay! Okay, let’s get into it. Here we go.


  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Gift

How to Do It

Grab your flat gift and lay it on your wrapping paper. Cut out your piece just as you normally would for any square gift.

Start to wrap your gift. The biggest challenge most people face is getting and corners and ends to look pretty, so we’ll stop and spend some time there.

Okay now, let’s get started on the ends. You’re going to want to do is this:

  1. Fold in the corners of each side.
  2. Fold the very end over so it meets the edge of the gift. (pictured below)
  3. Fold again to make a crisp, clean edge. (pictured below)

Once you’ve folded both sides, you’re done! It’s pretty easy to make a flat gift look fantastic. Then, all you need is a name tag to complete your look.

Look at that edge! Perfect!

Browse our blog for more wrapping tips and ideas and don’t forget to shop for the latest in wrapping paper and accessories from Current Catalog.