3 Ways to Wrap an Odd-Shaped Gift


I’m pretty good at crafts in general, so you’d think I’d be a good gift wrapper. But the truth is, I suck. Majorly. Even a normal rectangular box is a challenge for me, so anything odd-shaped drives fear into my heart! Everyone has different holiday stressors, and gift wrap is definitely one of mine. So for my Michaels Makers post this month, I came up with three gift wrapping hacks to make the whole experience easier and more fun--no serious gift wrapping skills required!

Gift wrap ideas for odd-shaped gifts

3 ways to wrap an odd-shaped gift

Gift-wrap idea: use a pretty photo box that can be kept afterward

1. For something small like clothes, barware, or baby toys…put them in a pretty photo box that the recipient can save and use afterward! Michaels has a bunch of options, from patterns to solid colors. Slip a card with the name of the recipient into the slot at the front of the box in lieu of a gift tag, then simply put the lid on top and wrap it up with some ribbon!

Extra tip: a monogram ornament makes for a cute, inexpensive and reusable gift topper.

Idea for “wrapping” a guitar -- put a pick in a ring box and wrap that instead, then hide the guitar in a different room

2. For something large like a guitar, a bicycle, or a baby stroller…rather than trying to wrap the object itself, take something small that goes with the gift and wrap that instead. For example, you could put a guitar pick in a small gift box, then hide the guitar in another room to keep the element of surprise. After all, there's no way to disguise the shape of a guitar anyways!

Gift wrap idea: use paint chips as gift tags

Extra tip: Use paint chips as gift tags!

Wrap long skinny objects in a poster tube

3. For a long, skinny gift like a baseball bat or a stack of wooden blocks, put the gift in a poster shipping tube, then roll a piece of wrapping paper around it with a several inches overhanging at either end. Twist the ends like the piece of candy and tie them with twine or ribbon. For smaller skinny objects like pens or candy sticks, you can use an empty paper towel roll instead!

Extra tip: Use kraft paper instead of wrapping paper for a budget-friendly alternative. I used this striped kraft paper that I found at Michaels, but you can use plain kraft paper too.

Gift wrap ideas for odd-shaped gifts

Do you have any other gift wrapping tips or tricks for those of us that are a wrapping-challenged? I'd love to hear them!

Speaking of tips, Michaels has tons of holiday project ideas and instructions on their website, including gift wrapping, home décor, last minute gift ideas, hostess gifts and more. Check out the other holiday hack topics and ideas on their blog, The Glue String!

Thanks to Michaels for partnering with me on this post.

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  1. Posted by Debbie on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

    Love these ideas! We hid a bicycle in a rarely used room and had a treasure hunt to find it. The clues were in a large card. (James was around 10) I'm stealing the idea of the photo box. I use them all over my home for different storage needs. What a great way to use your wrap!
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

      Aww, I like the idea of having a full-on treasure hunt! Very cute and fun.
  2. Posted by Ice Pandora on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

    For someone who isn't so crafty with wrapping, you
    did a great and creative job with them c:
    I'm inspired that's for sure! Xx
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

      Aww, thank you! xo