It never fails. Every year I’ll come across that one Christmas gift that needs a forklift to make it into my living room. Gift wrapping paper never seems to fit, and, call me crazy, but a large garbage bag just doesn’t seem like a viable alternative. So every year I come up with one or two unique ways to wrap large gifts for holidays and other occasions, especially children’s birthdays when the size of the gifts seems to go in direct opposition to the size of the child. Here, I’d like to share my two favorite gift wrapping creations for the most common large gift wrapping challenges.
Giant Gift Wrapping Collage Bag
You can turn giant lawn and leaf paper bags into beautiful gift wrapping for soft, unevenly-shaped large gifts, like giant stuffed animals. The project takes about two hours to make and requires a lawn paper bag found in home improvement stores, as well as a roll of gift wrapping paper, craft glue, scissors and a silk or gift wrapping ribbon. Here are the steps:
1. Open the giant paper bag and make sure your large gift fits in it, then remove the gift and set it aside.
2. Using scissors, cut the Christmas wrapping paper into small uneven shapes. Don’t tear the paper or the edges will look ripped and ugly. For added color and pattern, cut a few different gift wrapping papers.
3. Glue the cut papers to coat the outside of the giant paper bag with a colorful collage of gift wrapping paper. When the exterior of the bag is complete, create a collage inside the upper portion of the bag, as this area will remain exposed after you wrap the large gift.
4. Allow the bag to dry overnight before slipping your large gift inside. Use the gift wrapping ribbon to scrunch the bag at the top. The stiffness of the gift wrapping collage bag may leave an opening at the top, which you can cover with a strip of gift wrapping. Tie the ribbon attractively to complete wrapping your large gift.
Giant Gift Wrapping Fan
This unique gift wrapping folding technique is ideal for large, boxy gifts that look too plain if you just wrap them in the usual way. The project can take between 10 to 20 minutes, and all you need is a roll of gift wrapping paper, clear tape and a ribbon for decoration. Follow these steps:
1. On a large table unroll the gift wrapping paper and place the large gift on it (don’t worry if the paper isn’t wide enough at this point). In addition to the length of wrapping paper you will normally need to wrap the gift, add another 2/3 of gift wrapping paper at the top. At the bottom, bring the gift wrapping roll over the gift and extend the paper all the way to match the bottom section of paper before cutting away from the roll. This is the length of gift wrapping paper you’ll need to wrap your large gift.
2. If the width of the gift wrapping paper is too narrow, set the gift aside for a moment. Unroll another section of paper to match this length and cut away from the roll. Set this new section face-down beside the first, overlap the two papers at the seam and stick them together with tape. This will double your existing gift wrapping paper length.
3. Set your large gift back on the wrapping paper and wrap the sides the way you normally would. If the width is too great, trim the paper with scissors. When you’re finished the bottom portion of the large gift will be wrapped but you’ll have all that wrapping paper leftover at the top.
4. Using tape, stick this extra portion of wrapping paper together at the sides. This will unite the bottom and top portions of wrapping paper into a long tube. It’s best to stick the tape inside the wrapping paper to keep it out of sight.
5. To fold the tube of extra wrapping paper into a fan that sits atop your large wrapped gift (see picture), start at the end of the tube and make a 1 inch width-wise fold. Next, create an identical fold again, but this time fold the paper backwards. Alternate between a forward fold and a backwards fold until the whole tube is folded into an accordion. As you near the end, stand the gift up to make the folding process easier.
6. Using tape, secure the midpoint of the accordion to the wrapped gift. Next, open the accordion on either side to meet in the middle. Connect the sides of the accordion fan with tape on the back. The fan will now remain open and grace the top of your large gift.
7. Add ribbons or holiday decorations to the fan to hide any tape you may have used to secure it.
For more of my gift wrapping projects, see my Gift Wrapping Ideas with a Touch of Class.