How To Wrap A Basketball? 4 Easy Methods To Follow

Whenever your friends and family ask you how to wrap a basketball, you have no clue.

And don’t even mention the last time you went to wrap up balls for your kids ball team, because that was a disaster.

But with the right technique, it’s as easy as 1,2,3 and you will soon have the knowledge and confidence to wrap a basketball – and impress your friends at the same time!

Gift-wrapping is fun, especially when it’s a thoughtful touch on a birthday, Christmas or holiday. But “basketball” can be the difficult part of gift-wrapping.

Take 5 minutes out of your day and get wrapped in knowledge. 


4 Amazing Ways to Wrap a Basketball

1. Use Newspaper or Magazine Pages:

The next time you see a bunch of old newspapers or magazines, don’t throw them out—instead, make them handy by wrapping them up for gifts, such as basketballs.

Materials Needed:

  1. One roll of newspaper 
  2. Two pieces of tape 
  3. Pair of gloves (optional)


Step 1: Cut two pieces of newspaper or magazine pages that are the same length as your measurement.

Step 2: Wrap the bottom edge of the paper around the ball so that there are no gaps.

Step 3: You can wrap the top edge over itself and tape down the overlap with masking tape.

Step 4: Next, look to see if there are any loose edges and use a piece of tape to seal it up.

2. Classic Gift Wrap Method:

So you, my friend, were also taught how to wrap things in pretty paper when you were four. Now is the time to test your skills. The Classic Gift Wrap Method is a tried-and true gift wrapping technique that’s easy to learn. In only a few minutes, you’ll be wrapping basketballs like a pro.

Gift Paper

Materials Needed:

  1. Wrapping paper
  2. Duct tape
  3. Scissors 
  4. Ruler or measuring tape


Step 1: First, choose your paper. I like to use wrapping paper because it’s colorful and festive. But if you want something more masculine or elegant, try using sheets of construction paper or even newspaper.

Step 2: Roll the paper around the basketball—which is easier done than said. Cut off any extra paper at the top and bottom of the ball so that there won’t be any dribbling down your sleeve.

Step 3: Then, folding the paper across one side of the ball, bring that folded-over section on either side over to meet in the middle.Your end product should probably look like a large candy wrapped up.

Step 4: Finally, take a ribbon or string and tie the roll into a knot. Your end product will look like a large candy wrapped in paper. I hope you think that was fun!

For a quick live demo, check out this video!

3. Traditional Box Method: 

 Cat in a hat, who cares? Ball in a box, now that’s a trick! Learn how to put one inside the other and you’ll impress everyone. It is one of the more popular ways to wrap a basketball. It’s quick and easy to do, but it can be difficult to get the ball in a perfect square shape.

Gift Box

Materials Needed:-

  1. A basketball 
  2. Wrapping paper (optional)
  3. Pair of scissors 
  4. Few boxes
  5. Sharpie or marker 
  6. Measuring tape


Step 1: Take your box, remove the lid and set it aside.

Step 2: Place your basketball inside the box, centered on one side of the bottom flaps.

Step 3: Fold down the top flaps of your box so they are flush with each other.

Step 4:  Dress your basketball in layers of packing tape, like you’re preparing it for a long trip into outer space.

Step 5: Finishing touches can include wrapping the box in funky paper, attaching a ribbon on the top, and even handwritten notes. There are no limits to your creativity!

4. Use A Gift Bag:

Hands down, probably the easiest method, cause it’s literally putting a ball in a bag. How difficult can it be? Plus if you’re in a hurry, this is the best method available.

Gift Bag

Materials Needed: 

  1. Basketball 
  2. Cleaning Brush 
  3. Bubble wrap 
  4. Bows or ribbons 


The instructions are simple and the result is impressive.

Step 1: First you need to clean your basketball to make sure there aren’t any dust particles on it. This gives a neater look to your gift.

Step 2: Then you’ll need to wrap the ball. Start by wrapping it with paper. Then wrap that in bubble wrap. Finally, place it inside of a gift bag.

Pro Tip:You can make this even more impressive by adding tissue paper, bows and ribbons to the outside of your package.

If you’re going for a more rustic look, you can use brown paper instead of white and add some twine or string for decoration.

Wrapping It Up

Of course, wrapping a basketball is all fun and exciting — but doing so yourself can be exhausting. The sole purpose of wrapping a basketball is to just get creative.You can use as many ribbons as you want, or you can use funky wrapping papers. It is your choice! 

You can give it over in person or put it in a gift bag. Just do something that’s easy on the pocket for you and viola, you’re done! 

Gift a basketball to your loved ones on any occasion—birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, or even a graduation party. And watch their faces glow with excitement upon opening their gifts!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do you wrap something round like a ball?

There are many ways to accomplish the feat of wrapping a round gift. The main thing to remember when wrapping a round object is to make sure all the corners are covered, in order to prevent damage to your package.You can use any type of paper you like for this task. Just make sure you have enough.

  1. How do you wrap a ball without tape?

You can’t wrap a ball very well with tape. But you can cover the ball in duct tape or athletic tape, or any other kind of tape you might have around your house. If you’re wrapping a ball for bowling, lacrosse or any sport that uses a stick or bat to hit the ball, use athletic tape or painter’s masking tape.

  1. How do you wrap a ball nicely?

Cut wrapping paper into an appropriate square, big enough to envelop your gift.Fold the paper in half lengthwise, then fold it again in half. Place the gift inside, as long as it fits within the creases you have made. Fold over the ends so that it is completely wrapped in paper and tie with a ribbon.

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