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At dollar stores or shopping after the holiday clearance sales, I try to get a couple of the decorated lightweight disposable tablecloths and store them in my box of gift-wrapping supplies.
Many times a gift or the box that the gift comes in is too large for the usual size bolt of wrapping paper, necessitating piecing several pieces taped together to cover your item. I get out my disposable table cloth, cut it to fit (I always have a lot more left over) and tape it. The lightweight flannel-backed cloths are also very flexible. Clear packing tape will securely hold the wrap for the heavier weight cloths.
By Trisha from Ventura, CA
When wrapping larger Christmas gifts, instead of using a lot of wrapping paper and tape, buy a holiday tablecloth (Dollar Store or equivalent), and tie it at the top with ribbon. It works wonderfully! This can be done with any holiday or birthday present and is such a time saver.
By Dreamwvr from Spokane, WA
I had a large (24 inches long by 12 inches wide by 12 inches high) box to wrap as a wedding gift and couldn't find any wrapping paper that large. Large white, plastic garbage bags wouldn't work either because all the writing on the box showed right through, even using 2 or 3, and I didn't want to use a black trash bag for a wedding gift!
My solution was to find a pretty but inexpensive ($2.50 at Big Lots) flannel-backed, vinyl tablecloth and wrap the box in that. I used wide grosgrain ribbon (the wired kind) and clear mailing tape. Then if the recipient wants, they can even use the tablecloth as well as the gift!
To wrap a very large present, buy a party paper table cloths. I just buy plain white ones when on sale, but they are very cheap to begin with. I cut a potato into a star or moon shape (something easy) to use as a stamp then use whatever paint I have handy to decorate the table cloth. By Carlie in Florida
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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.
If you know the size of their bed, sheets work well for big gifts. That way their gift comes with a gift.
Spray paint the box with beautiful gold/silver paint. Then just put a bow on top.
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.
Use a plain white or colored paper tablecloth that you can find at any dollar store. Top with a nice bow.
Go to the dollar store and buy a plastic shower curtain.
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!
How do I wrap a large purse and hat cheaply?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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For wrapping really big presents, buy paper or plastic holiday tablecloths at your local dollar store and wrap away!
By Celia from North NJ
Excellent idea! I also use discounted tablecloths for curtains. (12/20/2005)
By Peggy in KS