How To Wrap Odd-Shaped Gifts- Step By Step Guide

How To Wrap Odd-Shaped Gifts- Step By Step Guide

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Wrapping square or rectangle-shaped gifts is pretty straightforward; however, wrapping oddly -shaped items can be frustrating. Of course, you can easily place the oddly-shaped item in a box and wrap it or put it in a custom gift bag. This guide will help us understand how to wrap odd-shaped gifts if you don't have a bag or box to wrap your gifts in.

Why is Wrapping Gifts Important?

Picking a perfect gift for your friends and family is only half the battle; you will need to wrap the gift to transform ordinary gifts into something more present. First off, wrapping a gift will positively impact the giver. In most cases, it will show that you put thought into the person you are gifting.

Wrapping gifts also helps the gift look like a real gift. Using colorful gift boxes, bags, ribbons, bows or wrapping papers will d the gift aspect. Again wrapping gifts will create a surprise effect for the receiver. This will bring anticipation, curiosity and limitless happiness or excitement to the person you are gifting.

Now that you understand why wrapping gifts is important, let's look at how to wrap odd-shaped gifts.

How To Wrap Odd-Shaped Gifts

As we mentioned above, wrapping oddly shaped gifts can be frustrating. The good news is whether you are wrapping diamond shape gifts, spheres,  tennis racquets, guitars, or other gifts, there is a solution. If you are looking to wrap oddly shaped gifts, we have provided four different home DIY methods you could easily do in the comfort of your home.

Method 1: Make a Custom Gift Bag

Making custom gift bags is one of the most effective and probably the most common method of wrapping an odd-shaped gift. You could use this method to wrap toys, books or other gifts. This method has two different ways: you could use a box or make them using wrapping paper.

a) Making a Gift Bag Using a Box for Size

  1. The first step is to get a box about the shape and size of the custom gift bag you want to make. Th good thing is almost any box will work, so you don't need to stress about it.

  2. You will then lay the box on enough wrapping paper you will be using to make the bag. Next, you will need to decide which side will be at the top to be left open.

  3. You could trim it down with decorative scissors for the top side, or you can fold the edges down for around an inch or two to make a finished border.

  4. You will then wrap the box with the gift wrapping paper as though you are wrapping a gift. However, you will leave the top open. You could use glue or long edge tape to hold the edges securely.

  5. Then you will slide the box out of the wrapping paper. Then you could add more tape at the bottom of the bag but now from the inside. This will make the pack more secure, especially if it is meant for heavier gifts.

  6. Then you will need to fold the bag flat to make fold lines.

  7. Final touches now: you will need to add the gift to the bag you made, fold it over and tape it. Then, you could add a bow or a ribbon to finish it up. Another part would be to leave the top open and stuff it with tissue paper.

b) Making a Gift Bag Using Just Paper and Glue or Tape

The other method of making the bag by just using paper and tape or glue without the box. Generally, it is pretty similar to the above method of using a box, except that you will be estimating the size for this one.

  1. First, you will lay enough paper to make a bag that will be enough for your oddly shaped gifts. It would be best if you pick heavy wrapping paper for these bags.

  2. Then you will estimate the sizes of where you will be making the fold. The bigger, the better.

  3. To create the down part of the bag, fold the lower half up to the middle part of the paper. Again, you could text before gluing to ensure the gift fits into the bag.

  4. You will then fold the top edge down to about an inch or two to make a finished border, or you could use decorative scissors.

  5. To finish it up, you could fill the top open after placing the gift inside the box and filling it with tissue paper. The other option would be to fold the top like an envelop and add a gift tag or a big bow.

Method 2: Make a Gift Package

This is one of the best DIY projects to wrap oddly shaped gifts or gifts tha are not perfectly square. You will need to wrap gifts using this method: paper, hole punch, tape or glue, twine or ribbon, and scissors.

  1. You will need to cut a wrapping paper tha is bigger enough to cover your odd shape gift. For example, it would help if you made the wrapping paper about 3 inches bigger than the gift.

  2. Then you will need to wrap the wrapping paper around your presents.

  3. Then glue or tape the edges to make a tube-like opening on both ends.

  4. You will then flatten the ends of the tube-like openings, then cover the edge to over one inch. Then repeat the same on the other edge to cover the gift fully.

  5. Then you will use the hole punch to punch holes on the folded portion. Finally, you wil tread the twine or ribbon through the holes. Then tie to your desired design.

If you want to wrap oddly shaped gifts that are too complicated, you could use tissue paper, bubble wrap or a piece of fabric instead of wrapping paper.

Method 3: Using Crepe Paper Streamers

If you have odd-shaped gifts that you need to be wrapped up could use a roll of streamers. The amazing bit is that you can pick whatever color you like, and they are readily available in party supply stores or the gift wrap section of most stores. This method works best for gifts with hard surfaces. You will choose the color of the crepe paper based on the event.

To wrap the gift, you will need to hold the steamer against the gift and wrap it several times. You could use tape to provide extra security at the end of the gift.

Method 4: Try other Creative Ways to Wrap the Gift

a) Use a blanket or tablecloth over the gift

If you have very big gifts or other odd shapes gifts that you don't have enough time to wrap, this is a perfect option. You will only need to cover the gift using a fancy blanket or tablecloth.

b) Put a big bow or a ribbon on the gift

The other way is not to wrap oddly shaped gifts but to add a bow or ribbon to them. The option is to make a super big bow and place it on the gift. This will work for super big presents, like cars or fridges.


When you are gifting someone, bear in mind that wrapping is necessary. If you have been struggling to wrap oddly shaped gifts, we hope this article was helpful. Regardless of your chosen method, you don't need to stress too much about getting a perfect look. It's more likely the receiver will appreciate the gift more than the wrapping.

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.