How do you wrap a small odd shaped gift? I bought some HotWheel cars, and the packaging makes it very hard to look nice. Short of taking the cars out of the package, I'm at a loss, they look like a jumbled mess.
I don't have boxes they will fit, or gift bags.
By Marie from Ontario, Canada
My wife is our family wrapper. She would wrap the card around the car and tape it in the back to form a nice rounded package. The kids loved opening them as they got twice the excitement, first unwrapping to find the it was a car, second to release the card part to find out which car.
Whenever I get small boxes during the year I save them, because I always end up giving things that need a box, things like clothing, scaves, gloves, etc. For these little cars the boxes that assorted greeting cards come in would be perfect. If the box is a little too large, use some tissue paper as packing.
Wrap awkwardly shaped items in soft, flexible materials, like scarves, decorative towels, or lace, rather than struggling with wrapping paper. place item in the middle, bring up all corners of material, tie with a ribbon,as they do a basket at Easter & etc, good luck.
Gift bag with lots of tissue paper. I like gift bags because they can be reused.
With matchbox/hotwheels cars you can lightly wrap them with tissue paper and then put two of them together to make one easily wrapped gift. Place them facing each other with one upside down L7 <-- like this. They make a box shape that is easier to wrap.
For years I have had fun making shapes out of odd packages. I use the cardboard rolls for arms and legs, etc. The end results may be people, spiders, robots depends on the age of the person getting the gift. Sandwich a paper plate between two butter dishes with the gift inside and you have a flying saucer. Use plain brown grocery bags for wrapping paper and paint to look like the real thing. Just let your imagination fly! Oatmeal and salt containers made into drums, a sugar sack and label "for the sweetest person in the world", salt sack, etc. The wrapping is just a way of holding the gift and the reason you are giving the gift is the important thing to remember. Merry Christmas.
If you have cereal boxes, you can split the side and bottom and reverse it, then fit the cars inside.
That should work well.
On that note, you can do the same with mac and cheese, stuffing mix, crackers and all kinds of food item boxes. Just reverse the outside in, wrap and you are golden!
Paper lunch bags make good gift bags. You can put stickers on them and then fold over the top, punch two holes and tie a ribbon through the top. You can get a package of 250 bags for a dollar or two and they last forever.
There are sites on the web for printing gift bags and such, even bag toppers so you could use a brown paper lunch sack and staple a cute Christmas motif topper. I don't have the sites handy that I've been to but you could google a search for Christmas printables or computer printables and see what comes up.
I use food boxes, mac & cheese, cereal, stuffing boxes, even jello boxes. You can turn them inside out and re-glue them, then wrap as usual or you can just wrap it w/o turning them inside out. Also use baby formula cans, oatmeal cans, Nestle's Quick or strawberry flavor and wrap the outside with wrapping paper over the original paper. Also use plastic jars filled with tissue paper and wrap the outside middle part with a wide strip of wrapping paper. Or leave the jars with out wrapping, just stuffed with tissue paper and put a bow on it. Or you can wrap a real odd shaped package as a Hershey's kiss by putting a paper plate at the bottom and the gift on top and then wrap in the shape of a "kiss" until you get to the top. Insert a strip of paper coming out of the "kiss" with the recipient's name. Hope this helps!
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Wrap awkwardly shaped items in soft, flexible materials, like scarves, decorative towels, or lace, rather than struggling with creasing wrapping paper.
By Terri H.
I use multiple layers of tissue paper, so it is opaque.
I put the present in the center of the paper. Then I pull all the paper up around it, holding it tight in the center above the gift. If I need to, I will twist the paper at the top, and tie it with a ribbon at the neck, just below my hand. If the bottom of the present isn't flat, just add a cardboard bottom with tape before you wrap it.
This is how baskets are wrapped, is it not? That's where I got the idea. It works for anything that is not alive. (12/17/2005)
By the Oracle