2 Genius Tricks for Wrapping Oddly Shaped Gifts
Sometimes wrapping gifts can be like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole: There just isn’t a good way to wrap oddly shaped holiday presents. Until now, that is. We’ve got two great tips to share that will get you excited about wrapping that Barbie corvette you bought your niece.
Materials and Tools:
— oddly shaped gifts
— tissue paper
— wrapping paper
— gift toppers
For our first trick, we’re using fabric. That’s right: Paper isn’t the only material that works for wrapping gifts. Fabric is a great alternative that won’t tear at those pesky corners and will lay nicely on rounded edges.
For our first oddly shaped gift, we’re wrapping a water bottle. It’s got rounded corners and a top that can’t be wrapped using traditional folds. Start with some tissue paper, wrapping it around the bottle and making sure there is extra at the top to keep the gift hidden. Then add some fabric in the same manner, this time using a piece that is slightly smaller so you can see the pop of color from the tissue paper. Wrap a ribbon or pom poms around the neck to secure and trim to your liking.
Our next gift is a lovely LOVE trinket that’s uneven on all sides. Our tip: Use a square plate to create a more box-like shape. This will make it much easier to fold your paper smoothly. Place your gift on the wrapping paper, then put the plate on top. Pull up the sides of the paper, wrapping it like you would a square box.
No gift is complete without a topper! Add some twine and a bow to finish off this perfectly wrapped present. The best part about this trick is that there’s NO WAY the person who receives this gift will be able to guess what’s inside.
Two perfect little gift buddies waiting to be opened. It’s all happening soon, little guys :)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)