This has always been the toughest challenge which scares us all: How to wrap up a bar of Toblerone properly at Christmas? Well, we can finally end this problem for now and forever. A mathematician named Katie Steckles is now here with the solution we've waited for so long. She has uploaded a tutorial in which she shows us how to wrap the bar of Toblerone and many other non-uniform shaped gifts!
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Katie Steckles is a wrapping genius for us, but a mathematician by profession. She, in her suitably adorned Christmas jumper, reveals the ultimate secret of covering gifts of all shapes and sizes, from square end to cylinders.
Katie has done it by applying simple maths and finally revealed the toughest challenge. In her YouTube video, she has demonstrated how all you need to wrap the perfect Toblerone is the paper itself.
Ms Steckles says," Make sure the paper comes up to the exact height of the chocolate bar. You'll then find that if you do the standard method of wrapping it round and putting a bit of tape on, and the folding in the ends, that the end of the paper will line up exactly and cover the entire end- look at that, it's beautiful!"
While wrapping up a cylindrical tube of sweets, you need to be more careful, but only a ruler is needed to sort it out. Measure the cylinder's diameter by pi(3.14 recurring), and the result will be the circumference. Then measure the circumference along your wrapping paper and you will have the exact amount needed to cover it without cutting off excess paper.
Ms Steckles has kept in the store the trickiest part in the end- the flat, square shaped presents like a traditional box of Matchmakers' chocolate. She says," The standard way of doing it is taking a piece of paper that measures long enough to wrap around the whole present. What you can do instead is take a square piece of paper. The size of this square- the length of the edge- is using the object."
All you have to do is to make sure the paper goes halfway up the end of the rectangle, and then wrap it around. You will be left with four equal flaps around the end which should fold neatly to form this, pictured.
Now take the ruler to measure the diagonal length(D) of the object and the height of the box(H) and then add D plus 1.5 times H to work out the exact amount of paper needed. Place the item at 45-degree angle to the corners, which are then folded in and should line up exactly in the middle.
Ms Steckles has actually taken absolutely no credit for this method, instead giving it all to Dr Sara Santos, who debuted the technique on The One Show in 2012.