You'll need about 3 yards of ribbon for (Credit: Ken Spencer, Newsday)

You'll need about 3 yards of ribbon for an average box. Start with 1 to 2 feet excess, using your left thumb to hold it in place atop the box. With your right hand, wrap ribbon from the roll horizontally across and underneath. Continue to cross over the top, securing it under your thumb.

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You'll need about 3 yards of ribbon for
(Credit: Ken Spencer, Newsday)

You'll need about 3 yards of ribbon for an average box. Start with 1 to 2 feet excess, using your left thumb to hold it in place atop the box. With your right hand, wrap ribbon from the roll horizontally across and underneath. Continue to cross over the top, securing it under your thumb.

Wind ribbon toward you and around package.
(Credit: Ken Spencer, Newsday)

Wind ribbon toward you and around package.

Cross over the intersection, then push ribbon underneath
(Credit: Ken Spencer, Newsday)

Cross over the intersection, then push ribbon underneath both layers back toward the top right side of the box. Pull about a foot of slack from the roll. Cut.

Cross over the intersection, then push ribbon underneath
(Credit: Ken Spencer, Newsday)

Cross over the intersection, then push ribbon underneath both layers back toward the top right side of the box. Pull about a foot of slack from the roll. Cut.

Nudge the ribbon intersection to the center, pulling
(Credit: Ken Spencer, Newsday)

Nudge the ribbon intersection to the center, pulling ends taut. Generously loop each end.

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Tie together to form a knot.
(Credit: Ken Spencer, Newsday)

Tie together to form a knot.

Loop and bow cut ends again, if desired.
(Credit: Ken Spencer, Newsday)

Loop and bow cut ends again, if desired.