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How to Gift Wrap a Round Item

Ever wondered how to gift wrap a round item efficiently and easily? Well, here's how you can do it really easily. Often when you're wrapping gifts you find you've too much paper as you've reached the end point, spoiling the look. The secret to wrapping any odd-shaped, or awkward shaped items is to take a look at how the big companies do it. International, global, leading brands spend thousands of pounds designing their packaging and working out the most efficient - and visually pleasing - way of achieving the end result.

If you want to gift wrap a round item, then one great design idea to copy is how a Cadbury's Chocolate Orange is wrapped. Once wrapped, the chocolate orange retains its shape, but there's no bulky wedge of paper at all.

So, what is the secret to gift wrapping a round item? Simply cut the paper into an octagon - an eight-sided shape! This shape means you can wrap the round item neatly,without having to grapple with a huge bundle of paper at the end - I'm sure you've received gifts in the past that've resembled pineapples as the giver has had to "do something" with all those leftover ends!


Image Credit » Author's Photo: My Chocolate Orange Wrapper, Photo Taken With my Camera

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maxeen wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:44 AM

I can't wait now to send someone a round parcel,now then ,who has a birthday due ?

Koalemos wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:57 AM

I very practical approach. However, I assume that you mean an octagon because a hexagon has 6 sides.

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:46 AM

If you're so excited, go and buy an apple and wrap it for yourself :)

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:47 AM

I do, oops, I'll go correct it. I am a fool/lemon, whatever the current term is for an idiot emoticon :smile: Cheers

Dragonfairy1 wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:55 AM

Thanks, this is really useful I've saved it to my pinterest, I'm absolutely hopeless at wrapping presents, so I need all the help I can get.

Koalemos wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:56 AM

It is surprising how easy such simple errors are when we are concentrating on the overall presentation of the article.

trufflehunter wrote on January 23, 2015, 10:55 AM

That's so clever and I wonder why I never thought of that! I wish I'd known around Christmas! Thank you :)

Maplewinter wrote on January 23, 2015, 11:10 AM

See now I need to find something round and get some wrapping paper to try this out. Its news that is going to come in very handy come Christmas and birthdays when we make bath bombs for presents.

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 11:59 AM

Yes - we all set out wanting great wrapped presents, then find it all goes awry at the end part!

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 11:59 AM

Well you'll know this Christmas! Gift wrapping your Christmas presents will be something easier I hope!

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 12:01 PM

Ah, this is perfect for wrapping bath bombs. They're a good size and round - this will work if you're using cello paper to wrap bath bombs, or tissue paper, or anything really! And you can use a round sticker with the bath bomb smell/contents on it too, to make all the ends stay put, like they do on Chocolate Oranges

mrsmerlin wrote on January 23, 2015, 4:12 PM

I do it easier than that - I put the round gifts into boxes lol

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 4:51 PM

LOL, that works too. I'm sure most people would try your method as it seems easiest.

Paulie wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:38 PM

This is an interesting and useful way which I never thought about. I would put the round object in a square box and then wrap it.

bestwriter wrote on January 24, 2015, 2:19 AM

I think wrapping a round object making it into a bon bon is the easiest and also it looks beautiful. The image in the link shows it. But it can be finished with ribbons at both ends and the edges cut into strips, as fine as possible.

bestwriter wrote on January 24, 2015, 2:36 AM

An accreditation is always accompanied by a reward. Funny your company did not do it.

bestwriter wrote on January 24, 2015, 2:37 AM

Sorry the above comment is not mean for this post.

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 4:28 AM

That all sounds a bit like hard work. Often, at times such as Christmas, we've a whole pile of presents to wrap and it seems endless. For a one off, special effort using ribbons to gift wrap presents might be fine, but when faced with a pile and a deadline you just want to get it over and done with.

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 4:29 AM

I thought that when I read it! I'm guessing you're the sort of person that has more than one tab open at a time. It's made me laugh :)

bestwriter wrote on January 24, 2015, 4:35 AM

Full marks for guessing. emoticon :grin:

bestwriter wrote on January 24, 2015, 4:38 AM

OK Don't put the ribbon. A colourful wrapping paper too would be fine. It is extremely easy to do this. You must have the right size of paper though.

celticeagle wrote on January 24, 2015, 10:23 AM

I thought that was what they had invented the gift bag for. LOL

jiangliu1949 wrote on January 26, 2015, 6:32 AM

UK_Writer You have casted some light on the gift wrapping ,which really takes a lot of learning .

crowntower wrote on February 25, 2015, 12:12 AM

Thank you for this mini tutorial. I always have a problem in wrapping a bottle to give designs to it and give it to a friend, so the outward look is fine but the top of it are all crumpled, heheheh. Thanks it will be a great help for future used.