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Wrapping Large Gifts

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A big box or oddly shaped large present can be difficult to wrap. Here are some tips to help you wrap it beautifully and keep the surprise until it is opened. This is a guide about wrapping large gifts.
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March 8, 20170 found this helpful

Large vinyl tablecloths are inexpensive and often seasonally decorated. They are the perfect solution to wrapping large gifts. This is a guide about using tablecloths as gift wrap.

A packaged yellow plastic tablecloth.

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April 24, 2008

My friend is getting married and we are giving them a new TV. I am in charge of wrapping and bows. How can I do this inexpensively. I know that wrapping paper is really a waste but it is also part of the culture.

I know the groom would really like the paper that you can plant because it has seeds in it. I can't afford that. The TV is in a box, but I don't know how big it is really. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Sandy from Baltimore

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April 24, 20080 found this helpful

Newspaper? Or perhaps the glossy store ads that get inserted with the Sunday paper (and which don't have so much ink that can rub off)?

If you know another person is planning to give them towels or sheets or blankets, try wrapping it in those.

Or, if you are able to get access to their home or apartment, set up the box or just the TV itself in the living room with a large bow (no other wrap).

-tj

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April 24, 20080 found this helpful

I have used vinyl tablecloths, either fabric backed or just solid vinyl. Solid white would probably be the most attractive with a huge colored bow that would match the "wedding colors". Another choice could be fabric....some stores sell the wide {60 ")polyester fabric for $1.00 a yard..........or you might be able to buy a king sized white or pastel flat (or top) sheet for a few dollars. Maybe a butcher shop/meat market might sell you 5-10 yards off their roll of white "butcher wrap" paper. These are just some ideas....hope you find something that will work for you.

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April 24, 20080 found this helpful

I'm sure a couple of rolls of wedding paper at the local Dollar Tree....Just wrap the sides and top. If you want creativity...any and all newspaper pieces related to television with a white bow.

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April 24, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with the fabric. Find some inexpensive fabric and sew it like a drawstring bag. Easy straight lines, simple to do. They can reuse it for other things.

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April 24, 20080 found this helpful

I have gotten towels on clearance and used those as wrapping-sometimes they cost more than paper, but at least they have a purpose.

I have bought throws and used those to wrap,also shower curtains. Anything that will match the decor, and usually costs the same (or sometimes less) than wrapping paper.

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April 24, 20080 found this helpful

All of the other ideas I have used.. but I have also bought plastic table covers.. that you'd use for a picnic..or drop cloths that are needed if they are painting rooms, or any area, at the Dollar Store, they come in different colors and some are stronger than others....

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April 24, 20080 found this helpful

Like Grandma Margie, I've also used a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth to wrap a big gift. It was also for a wedding gift, so I used a tablecloth with a pretty gold background that had lavender flowers and used grosgrain (wire-rimmed) ribbon in that same shade of lavender. I figured they could also re-use the tablecloth if they wanted.

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April 24, 20080 found this helpful

Set tv in center of a blanket or darker coloed sheet. Bring up the sides and use twine or yarn to tie ends together. Can pin the sides together if necessary with safety pins. Can buy new, or go to thrift store and get one.

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

I like to save the color comics pages and wrap gifts with it. Then it can be recycled afterward or even used by the recipient to wrap another gift. Or you could get end rolls from a newspaper (I'm a reporter at a paper and we sell our end rolls -- leftovers when they change rolls of paper -- for a couple of dollars) and decorate/personalize them with paint or markers. The tablecloth idea is nice, too, or perhaps an attractive blanket draped smoothly.

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

I have gotten towels on clearance and used those as wrapping-sometimes they cost more than paper, but at least they have a purpose.

I have bought throws and used those to wrap,also shower curtains. Anything that will match the decor, and usually costs the same (or sometimes less) than wrapping paper.

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

You could use an inexpensive sheet and keep it together w/ straight pins. Same thing with an outdoor tablecloth. KMart and Walmart sell those by the yard. Both could be re-used. Comics from the newspaper or even sports section with chosen headlines can be a delightful twist. With the first two, I would not do the bottom of the box as it might ruin the fabrics for future use. Also, the heavy paper used to protect floors during construction is a good choice but not to buy, it is a bit pricey but check for someone with leftover and have everyone write a special note on it. Keep it clean as kids and oldsters will probably read them. Hope this gives you some ideas

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

You can get a huge brown paper drop cloth from the hardware store for about 4 dollars. You can stencil a design on it or splatter paint it or use it plain and tie with raffia and dried flowers and attach a few packs of seed to the bow because that would make the groom happy!

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

If you know the size of their bed, sheets work well for big gifts. That way their gift comes with a gift.

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

Spray paint the box with beautiful gold/silver paint. Then just put a bow on top.

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

I would forgo wrapping the entire TV - perhaps take the remote and/or the instruction manual out of the box and wrap those nicely - you could even use the seed paper for this. Logistically - are you bringing the gift to the reception or to a shower or other event - or delivering it to them at their new home? The less that big box has to be moved - especially with all the other things they are getting - the better!

When I have big gifts - I will usually hide them out of sight, and then either wrap a small representation, wrap it as a scavenger hunt with clues leading to the real gift, or take a picture and wrap that.

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

Use a plain white or colored paper tablecloth that you can find at any dollar store. Top with a nice bow.

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April 26, 20080 found this helpful

Go to the dollar store and buy a plastic shower curtain.

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April 26, 20080 found this helpful

Since the gift is a t.v., why not stick with the theme and paste t.v. guides from old newspapers/magazines all over the box? It's recycling too!

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July 4, 20080 found this helpful

We keep many types of garbage bags on hand, so in addition to the ones I recycle from shopping, we use the right size, type, weight, etc. The largest and strongest bags I have are the contractor bags and they are incredibly thick and heavy. I would put that over the gift. They then have a very nice bag to reuse or even carry the non-breakable gifts home in from the shower or wedding.

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March 26, 2017

I'm giving a rather large and heavy set of cookware as a wedding/shower gift and I'm looking for suggestions to wrap it. I'm afraid paper will rip while I'm wrapping it or when I try to handle it. Thanks!

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful

Wrap in kitchen towels, or bath towels. Two gifts in one!

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful

Did you purchase from Crate and Barrel? They have a lovely way of wrapping with tissue paper and sturdy box.

Are the items you purchased individually or in boxes? You could get a nice wooden crate and put everything inside to wrap.

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful

I would wrap it in wash cloths/towels. Or you could pourchase a box with it to wrap it in.

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful

If they are registered for towels, I would pick a couple of them to wrap it in. I have even seen real cute bows made by folding a washcloth a certain way. You could also get a large canvas tote to put it in, or even a laundry basket.

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March 27, 20170 found this helpful

You could wrap it in a tablecloth.

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March 27, 20170 found this helpful

I would get a big basket (mixed with Lewissan's response): wrap the items in a tablecloth then put it in the basket.

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful

Since this is a nice gift it seems you may know the person well and would be able to purchase a large size table cloth that would coordinate with the cookware and in whatever style of living they enjoy. Indoor (formal or casual) - Outdoor (Bar-B-Q or indoor/outdoor).

It doesn't have to be wrapped flat just gather it in a bow/knot on top and tie or if buying napkins decorate it with theses.

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November 14, 20110 found this helpful

How do I wrap a large purse and hat cheaply?

By Deanne

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November 14, 20110 found this helpful

You never said if it was to be shipped or not? If it isn't why not just put in a bag. You can even decorate it anyway you like. They are free.

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

The dollar store sells paper tablecloths in many colors. I would buy 1 or 2 and use them to wrap the items. If you are wrapping to mail them, then the cheapest rate is parcel post at the post office.

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

I would get a square of fabric. You can find some to match the occasion or the item. Place the item in the center and bring up all 4 corners and the sides. Tie with a pretty bow to match the fabric and there you have it!

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

I suggested fabric because many times purses or other items have "corners" or edges that will cut through paper. I've had many times when I was trying to wrap something in paper and would find a rip in one or more places. If you look at fabric centers there are always "remnant" tables where you can get fabric pieces for next to nothing.

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

This may sound a little strange, but i've used a dog or cat food bag. Since I have both, it's helpful. You don't even have to wrap it, just clean the bag good. If it is plastic, (as alot of them are now), you can use the bathtub. Or if you want, you can wrap the gift in tissue paper or newspaper before you put it in the food bag.

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