Not all gifts are conveniently rectangular. Sometimes the presents you buy your friends and family come in an odd shape, making them harder to wrap. Fortunately this is a problem people have been dealing with for a long time and have come up with a variety of good solutions. We picked four of the best to help you wrap your oddly shaped gift this holiday.
Create a Gift Sack Out of Wrapping Paper and Ribbon
Keltie Colleen from Mahalo.com suggests a simple yet attractive wrapping method. You just place the gift on a large sheet of wrapping paper, pull the edges around it up to the top like you’re creating a sack, and then tie it up with some decorative ribbon.
Form-Fit the Wrapping Paper
YouTube user ThePort989 opts for standard wrapping methods, but cuts the wrapping paper to form-fit the present as she goes along. This will result in a more standard-looking wrapped gift but is a bit more effort than the previous method.
Use the Lotus Wrapping Method
Although this video demonstrates the lotus wrapping method on a book, which has a very simple and regular shape, the same method can be used on oddly shaped presents. The wrapping method is very simply, in which you tie two of the wrapping material’s corners together, reversing the ends to make it look like a lotus petals. Then you just repeat the same thing with the other two corners and it looks like a lotus flower on top. This works especially well if your wrapping material is softer and is different on each side.
Fold Unusual Angles to Fit the Irregular Gift’s Form
Nilda Garcia from Kate’s Paperie demonstrates how to wrap a tennis racket, which has an inconsistent shape. She folds tissue paper at odd angles to better fit the form. She also opts to use two sheets to wrap the bottom and then another two sheets to wrap the top so that the packaging she creates is sufficiently reinforced.
Photo by Robin Phinizy.
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Four Ways to Wrap an Oddly Shaped Gift
1. wrap tissue paper around it and shove it into a decorative bag
2. go to the mall wrapping station and pretend you bought it there
3. put a bow and tag on it and consider it wrapped enough
4. repurpose an Ikea bookcase as a box, held together with binder clips and decorated with Sugru