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How to Wrap a Skateboard Discretely? A Detailed Guide

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Whether they come fully decked out or require customization, gifting a skateboard is a surefire way to win a rider’s heart. Do you know there’s a way you can wrap a skateboard discretely so you won’t spoil the surprise?

Wrapping a skateboard can be tricky because of its obscure shape and weight. With an average length of 30 inches plus trucks and wheels sticking out, it sure seems like a daunting task, doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be with the help of this guide that will show you how to wrap a skateboard discretely in a few easy steps.


What You Need for Wrapping a Skateboard


Wrapping a skateboard takes time, a little creativity, and resourcefulness. Here’s a rundown of the materials you will need:

  • A pair of scissors
  • Cutter
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil and Paper
  • Clear Packaging Tape
  • Clear Tape for Gift Wrapping
  • Large cardboard box
  • 2 sheets of Gift Wrapping Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Gift Card

These materials are affordable, easy to find, and will make the usually challenging task of wrapping a skateboard a walk in the (skate) park! Most of these items are readily available at home – you may even opt to recycle some of them for additional savings. It’s fun and easy so don’t wait another minute to get started.

Wrapping a Skateboard in a Few Easy Steps


Improvising by enclosing the skateboard in a customized cardboard box will make wrapping it way easier. The primary goal is to create a flat surface on the underside where the trucks and wheels are installed

Prep your skateboard for gifting by following these steps:

Step 1: Measure the skateboard

Start by measuring the length, width, and height of the skateboard with your measuring tape. Make sure to measure the dimensions from end to end to get the most accurate results. Jot the measurements down on a piece of paper for your reference; you will need this later on.

Step 2: Measure your cardboard box to scale

Using your measuring tape, check if the depth and length of the cardboard box you have are suitable for the size of your skateboard based on the actual measurements you took. Refer to the dimensions you jotted down. You should have enough cardboard to enclose the skateboard completely.

Step 3: Prepare the cardboard box

Begin by breaking the opening tabs on top and at the bottom of the box. Using your cutter, cut one of the corners from top to bottom to unfold the box. Carefully remove all leftover packaging tape when using a recycled box. You should end up with a long, straight piece of cardboard.

Step 4: Lay your cardboard box and skateboard flat

Place the skateboard directly on top of the flattened cardboard box. There should be enough space on the edges to cover the wheels and trucks. Eyeball both sides to make sure you have equal amounts of space. Measure and cut another section to make the cover of your box.

Step 5: Cut the cardboard box to scale

Carefully cut a line into the cardboard from top to bottom and separate the excess cardboard completely. Ensure the edge is fairly straight as you make your way down. You may trace a demarcation line with your pencil and a ruler beforehand for accuracy.

Step 6: Enclose the skateboard in the cardboard box

Now that your cardboard box has been measured to scale, position the skateboard and begin folding the sides of the cardboard up to cover all sides entirely. Close the box by covering the top with another piece of cardboard. Tape all sides neatly and securely with your packaging tape.

Step 7: Wrap the cardboard box

Lay your gift wrap flat and position the cardboard box in the middle. Ensure there is ample space on the sides of the gift wrapping paper to overlap with the edges of the box. Eyeball the amount of space on the left and right and make sure they are fairly even.

Step 8: Wrap the cardboard box one section at a time

It would be best to break the task down of wrapping the box by doing it one section at a time starting with the long sides first. Fold the gift wrap then pull it tightly against the edges of the box for a seamless finish. Start taping the gift wrap securely onto the box inch by inch.

Step 9: Extend with an additional sheet of gift-wrapping paper

Place one more sheet of gift wrapping paper on the top half of the box. Position the sheet in such a way that it aligns with the bottom half of the wrapping paper. The sheet should completely cover the edges of the bottom half. Neatly fold the ends down against the side of the box and secure them inch by inch with tape.

Step 10: Create triangular flaps on the sides

Make a triangular flap by folding the top edge of one side. Grip one side and fold it flat as you inch your way across. Follow the same steps on the other side. Make sure the flaps are pressed snugly against the box before taping them down.

Step 11: Decorate the box

Start by pulling the ribbon up and over the box. Hold it tight against the surface for a neat fit then tie the ribbon securely. Feel free to get creative and fancy when you tie the ribbon! Finally, put your card beside the ribbon or wherever you see fit.


Wrapping a skateboard traditionally can be challenging and is a dead giveaway for the receiver. Aren’t you glad you discovered a new way of wrapping your skateboard as a present discreetly and securely? We hope you enjoyed the process as much as we did!

Follow the steps in this tutorial about how to wrap a skateboard until you learn to wrap like a pro; it’s fun, easy, and a great way to upcycle cardboard boxes you no longer need!

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