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.
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
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
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!
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.
How do I wrap a large purse and hat cheaply?
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.
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 to use as a stamp then use whatever paint I have handy to decorate the table cloth.
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