By Noreen Doll.
Create a large round gift bag for an unusually large candle or other large round item.
We needed a Bunco gift and decided to look for candles at the after Christmas sales.
While we were looking over the candles, we spied a very large red candle with 3 wicks on top. When we picked it up, it weighed a ton! The label said it was 6 inches wide x 12 inches tall.
The price marked on it was $49.95. However, all the Christmas merchandise was 90% off, so this candle ended up costing only $5.00, and it was a beauty. Score!
Once we got it home, we puzzled how to package it. I finally decided to make a large round gift bag for it.
We had lots of crumpled brown kraft paper that had arrived in boxes we received before Christmas, which I decided to use.
What You Do
1. Choose a large piece of the kraft paper and smooth it out by hand. Then I heated my iron and ironed over it enough to smooth out the worst of the wrinkles, but left enough wrinkles to give the paper character.
2. I wrapped the paper around the candle to see how much I would need, and then cut it to size – leaving a lot of extra paper at top and bottom that could be trimmed later if necessary.
3. I had some red and brown checked gift wrap that I used to die cut several snowflakes in different sizes.
4. Lay out the snowflakes in a pleasing pattern on the middle part of the paper, and then attach them with double sided tape. Leave extra room at the top and bottom undecorated.
5. Put 2 rows of double sided tape down one long edge of the kraft paper on the inside.
Use the candle to roll the other edge onto the taped edge and press it down firmly.
6. With the candle still inside the paper, I folded the top and bottom edges of the paper at the bottom of the candle, so they overlapped at the candle bottom, and taped them with the double sided tape.
Then I folded the two side edges in over the taped bottom and taped them.
7. I removed the candle from the large round gift bag and re-wrapped it in the protective paper it had come home in and then replaced it in the gift bag.
I gathered the top of the large round gift bag and tied some twine around it.
A perfect rustic looking gift! And the wrapping was pretty much free.
You could stamp designs all over the paper or have your kids color it with crayons or Sharpies.
I didn’t put snowflakes all the way to the top and bottom of the paper because they would be in the way of finishing the bottom and gathering the top.