How to Wrap a Present that’s Circular or Round

Christmas is all about giving.

It’s the one time in the year that we can show how much we appreciate, love and care for our family and friends. And I’m not just talking about giving presents but about giving up our time to make the season special and the experiences memorable.

That’s why when Marks and Spencer invited me to help wrap presents for charity, in particular for the children at Great Ormond Street Hospital, I was eager to get stuck in. Myself and many bloggers came together in London and spent a whole evening wrapping lots of gifts.

Not only did I feel like I was doing my part for charity but I also enjoyed learning new ways to wrap presents. After my easily wrapped gift in the below photos with the gorgeous Frozen wrapping paper, I gave other unique ways of wrapping a go, like the gift bag that seemed to be the evening favourite. M&S have a whole page with quirky Christmas wrapping tutorials so be sure to take a look at their New Ways with Wrapping post. Today however, I’m sharing a round wrapping tutorial which can be really tricky so I hope my guide with pictures and video helps you achieve a beautiful finished look that you love!

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How to Wrap a Round Christmas Present


What You Will Need:

  • Gift
  • M&S Wrapping Paper
  • Bow &/or Ribbon &/or Tag
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Scissors

Step 1: Measure Your Round Object


Firstly, wrap your circular gift in your wrapping paper lengthways and cut it so that there is about 1-2cm overlap. Then, take the edge of your wrapping paper and bring it towards the centre of your circle. Watch the video to see how it’s done as it’s hard to explain! Cut your wrapping paper but be careful not to cut too much as you’ll need the centre covered as well. Do this for both the top and the bottom and you’re ready to start wrapping.

Step 2: Wrap it Around


Wrap your round gift and where the paper overlaps, add double sided sticky tape on the inside and secure to the other end. Be sure to tape only where the body of your gift is so that it’s easy to pleat and open up the ends if you need to. Once done, it’s time to pleat the top and bottom of your gift!

Step 3: Pleat the Sides


Start at the open cut of your wrapping paper and fold it down. Then, an inch away start folding the paper onto itself to create a pleat. Watch the video tutorial below to see how it’s done. For a neat finish, try and fold your pleats so that they’re approximately all the same size. I find the last couple of pleats quite tricky to do. You can either fold it into itself or hide the last pleat under the first pleat. This bit might take some patience so be sure to persevere as it’ll be very much worth it 🙂 Don’t forget to secure it with tape again!

Step 4: Add the Finishing Touches


When you’ve done that, simply add a bow or ribbon of your choice and a cute gift tag to finish off your desired look. My candle looks very festive now, don’t you think?

I really hope you enjoy your Christmas wrapping but just in case you found the above guide and pictures difficult to follow, here’s a video to help you:

All wrapping paper and accessories from M&S***

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • November 28, 2016

    Keely's Nails

    Thank you! Round presents are always so tricky

  • November 28, 2016

    Cathy Glynn

    I hate wrapping presents, I find myself leaving them all until the last minute and making a lovely job of the first couple and then losing patience x

  • November 28, 2016

    Dean of Little Steps

    Great tip, especially since I’ve always struggled to wrap circular presents, especially ones that have irregular-shaped tops! x

  • November 28, 2016

    Marie Barber

    Great tips thank you rounded shapes have always been the worst to wrap so this year im going to use your tips.

  • November 28, 2016


    Simple tips for simple things!

  • November 28, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    I really struggle to wrap anything I am terrible, especially if it is a difficult shape. Your wrapping skills are on point though xxx

  • November 29, 2016


    I remember as a child the idea of wrap a round or circular object eluded me and always got me mad but now I can do it easily. Lovely tutorial

  • November 29, 2016


    Aha! I have always struggled with this and now I know the answer – thanks for sharing this!

  • November 29, 2016


    I’m not to good at wrapping tricky shaped presents, great post 🙂

  • November 30, 2016


    I find present wrapping quite therapeutic, the more interesting the shape of the box/item the more of a challenge I like x

  • November 30, 2016

    Ayesha Farhad

    thats a great tip! I have always struggled to wrap round gifts! the double sided tape is an excellent idea instead go just using regular scotch tape!

  • November 30, 2016

    Lisa Backsnbumps

    Great tips, thank you for sharing. I have a nightmare trying to wrap anything that is not square.

  • November 30, 2016

    Fashion and Style Police

    I am bookmarking this post. I can’t wrap anything right.

  • Awesome tip! Mine don’t necessarily look like this, I kind of like the mystery mine give, like “what the hell can that be?” Haha xx

  • December 4, 2016

    Chloe Ciliberto

    I always struggle with wrapping circular presents. I am bookmarking this and re-watching when I’m wrapping my presents. xx

  • December 5, 2016


    I always struggle wrapping any shaped presents, just not my forte – thanks for the tip