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Stretch Loop Calculation Guide

If you’re looking for a charming way to upgrade your gift boxes or product packaging, stretch loops offer the perfect finishing touch. They’re effortless and elegant, and when you shop at Paper Mart, they’re available in a wide variety of sizes and styles, so you can always decorate your boxes, jars, and tubes.

Since each of our stretch loops is pre-tied, you don’t have to worry about uniformity or tying your bows neatly. All you have to do is slip the stretch loop onto the item lengthwise, widthwise, or diagonally, and your gifts will be perfectly decorated!

If it’s your first time ordering stretch loops and you’re not sure what size to get, read on and we’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to measure stretch loops.

Measure the Circumference

To measure stretch loops, you’ll need to measure the circumference of your preferred area. Wrap a piece of non-elastic string around the package—the same way you want your stretch loop to be applied. When the two ends of your string meet, cut the string to that size. Once cut, use a tape measure or a ruler to determine the length of the string—that is the circumference!

Circumference Determines Length

The next step in learning how to measure stretch loops is knowing the difference between circumference and length. At Paper Mart, our stretch loops are listed by length, not circumference, so you’ll need to convert your circumference to length first.

Place your string on a flat surface with the two ends touching. Instead of placing your string in a circle shape, pinch it down on itself until it resembles a straight line. After folding the string in half, pull it tight and measure the string again—that is the length!



Remember to Account for Elasticity

The final step in learning how to measure stretch loops is remembering to account for their elasticity. If you don’t factor this in, the loops won’t fit snug around your package.

When it comes to subtracting for elasticity, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

  • For small items with a circumference measuring 4” or less, don’t subtract anything from your measurement.
  • For medium-sized items with a circumference between 5” to 15,” you should subtract one inch from your measurement.
  • For larger items with a circumference of 16” or more, take anywhere between 1” to 3” off your measurement.

Place Your Order at Paper Mart

Now that you know how to measure stretch loops, it’s time to take a look at what we have to offer at Paper Mart. With plenty of styles and lengths to choose from, you’ll always be able to give your package the perfect finishing touch. Shop today!

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