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I've got a large present that I need to wrap up, but conventional methods such as wrapping paper won't work. There is not a roll of wrapping paper big enough, and if there were, it would probably tear when trying to move the gift because it is so heavy. What are some alternative ways to wrap big presents that still looks attractive?

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Why not try making some potato print stamps and painting it.
Stamps are an interesting idea; thanks, Claire.
If the box is plain, I'd just use some thick ribbon and a big bow. That way it's still like a 'present' without needing to worry about all that wrapping paper.

Obviously it's a bit more difficult if you're trying to disguise it and there are product names and numbers all over the box.

I've also used newspaper as wrapping paper before. It can be an alternative if you spice it up with ribbons etc.
Unfortunately it has sticky labels all over it, saying what the product is, I need to cover it up. Newspaper doesn't really look special enough, particularly since it will be going 'under' to the Christmas tree.
P.V.A is good for decoupage crafts. Decoupage is the process of embellishing an object with coloured paper. One bottle (must be white glue) is about $5
from the Hardware store.

Half glue and half water...mix very well.

Do a 'test' on a old cardboard box...to see how well it sticks, and use a paint brush, paint in portions, apply and get a couple of rolls of wrapping paper.

If it is too thin to stick add more glue...but 50-50 seems to be o.k.
Don't make up too much, until you know how you like the glue to stick.

Do Not use the glue full strength....

Cut the paper in different size squares.Apply to the box as you would like.

Overlapping is nice too.Let the glue dry just a tiny bit before applying the paper, so it sticks better.

Just have fun, do not rush.
If you go this way, would love to see the end product :)

For more info just type into Google ''Decoupage with P.V.A. Glue" or even YouTube.

Make sure your paper you are to cover the box, is not too light..as to pick up the original colour of the box and any writing on it.

If you look at the pic I have to the left, it is just a ordinary cardboard box, your project is bigger....but a box no less.

Remember to over lap the paper, so it gives a nicer appearance.
Thanks for such a detailed answer.
Use some ribbons mainly.
That still shows off a big ugly brown box. I want it to look nice,
Make some photocopies of old photos and stick on with glue all over like old style luggage stickers.Or make a collage of pics and slogans cut from mags and newspapers that are relevant to the presentan d the the person.
If it's for someone in the household, we tend to just drape a plain blanket over it and arrange the rest of the presents around it when it's in place.
We have used newspaper to wrap big presents, and then stuck a bow on it. In that way, the person opening it can still have the excitement of opening a present!
You could re-use a large cardboard box, like a moving box or one that a large appliance came in then just put a big bow on the top. Or you could glue sheets of wrapping paper onto the box.
Hide it if large (in the garage for example) and write a series of clues as to where to find the next clue (do this for as many as you wish), placing first clue in a homemade wrapping paper envelope. Last one leads to the garage! This way the whole family can have a fun time hunting and helping with suggestions etc, etc
Usually in brown wrapping paper with a few Christmas labels or a large bow.
I have used a large Christmas patterned plastic tablecloth bought at one of the 'cheap shops' If your parcel is r-e-a-l-l-y big you might have to join two together to cover it.
Either by joining paper together or I do not wrap them.
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