I’m one of those people who has a tendency to buy odd gifts for friends and family. And these things don’t always come with a neat little box so you can easily wrap them. There are a handful of options available to you…
- You can try to wrap it and end up with an odd, item shaped wrapped present under the tree.
- You can put it in a gigantic box and use up way more wrapping paper than you really needed to not to mention all of the “stuff” you need to find to keep it from sliding around in the box.
- You can purchase a gift bags, but if the item is too heavy have to warn everybody “don’t pick it up by the handles! Grab it from the bottom. The BOTTOM!”
Or you could make custom sized and shaped bags out of Duck Brand® Holiday tapes. This is the best option because it’s crafty, it’s fun and there are a ton of different patterns you can use including these four holiday designs I got to play with! Check out the snowmen, penguins, bows and candy canes. There is also one that is pink with cats and dogs WEARING SANTA HATS. You know that one is my favorite!
So grab yourself a few rolls of your favorite patterns and let’s get to this, shall we? Want to see all of the patterns first? Head to Duck the Halls!
Take your tape and cut strips that are about 1-2 inches longer than you want your finished width to be. Place the first piece sticky side up on your work surface. Attach a second piece overlapping the two about a quarter of an inch. Take care to apply evenly to prevent unsightly wrinkles.
When you get the size you’re going for start to attach another layer of tape (one strip at a time) on top of the sheet you’ve already created. You’ll have sticky sides together so that the pretty sides of the tape are visible.
Now, to be honest it will take a bit of trial and error to get the dimensions and shape right for exactly the bag you’re looking for. In fact, I think I’d recommend practicing with kraft paper or paper grocery bags to get the perfect size/shape! (Just to prove my point, the one I did for this tutorial was shaped oddly once complete so it didn’t make the cut for final pictures!)
Fold your piece together, making sure the print you want is on the outside.
Take a strip of tape and close both sides up to form a pouch.
Take your pouch and fold the edge you just taped inward to form a point. Try to align the edge with the very center of the pouch.
Take the point and fold it under the pouch and tape down.
Repeat for the other side and you’ll have this shape once complete.
Flip over and open the pouch up to form a box shape. you’ll need to fold and crease the corners so that it stands up well on its own.
Punch two holes in the center (it takes some doing and turning of a hole punch to get through the tape). Run string through, close up the bag and tie shut!
And then you have this lovely little DuckTape® gift bag, cat crafting assistant not included!
You’d be amazed at the sizes you can make and with all of the fun patterns, well, you can custom create a bag to suit every personality this Christmas! If you make some great crafty things, be sure to pin use the hashtag #DuckTheHalls to get your projects seen!
Check out Duck the Halls to see what kinds of patterns of DuckTape® are out there, where to buy it and visit the Ducktivities page for some fun ways to use your Christmas DuckTape®! Plus, you can keep up with what’s going down by following on Twitter and Facebook!