When receiving a gift, there’s nothing more delightful than unexpected gift wrapping! It adds an extra level of excitement to the gift you’ve carefully picked out, and it shows the recipient that you’ve spent time and effort selecting the perfect package.
I decided to have a little bit of fun in the gift wrapping department and select a material you might never expect — a tarp zipper! Using a spare bit of tarp, a tarp zipper, and some hot glue, we created this unique and unusual gift wrap! This is one of the more unusual gift wrapping ideas you’ll find, I think.
For this gift wrapping project, you’ll need the following materials:
- A 6 x 8 foot tarp, or a piece of tarp you already have that you don’t mind cutting up
- A tarp zipper
- Duct tape (optional)
- Hot glue (not pictured)
Note: For this project, you will be using a 7-ft. tarp zipper, but depending on your gift, you will only need maybe a few feet. You can easily trim the tarp zipper by making sure the zipper is unzipped (so that the pull is at the top of the zipper) and cutting off the extra feet. You don’t want to cut off the zipper pull accidentally or you won’t be able to put the pull back on the track and your zipper will be ruined. Later, you will use a hot glue gun to add a stop to the end of the newly trimmed zipper so that your pull doesn’t come off the zipper track.
To get started, first cut off a square of your tarp to a size appropriate to your gift.
Next, begin to wrap your gift as your normally would.
Use either a bit of duct tape (or a small scrap of the sticky section of the tarp zipper) to secure the tarp to the gift, but do not complete your wrapping.
About halfway through the wrapping, you’ll want to apply the zipper to the tarp. Roughly measure the amount of zipper you will need to wrap your gift, and trim off the excess zipper. Be careful that the pull is at the top of the track — you don’t want to accidentally cut off the zipper pull!
Once you’ve trimmed your zipper, you can cut small sections of the sticky blue tarp off of the excess zipper in order to finish taping the sides of the gift. This results in a more uniform color, but feel free to use duct tape if you wish.
Trim the sides of the tarp so that about a 1/2 inch space remains where the tarp meets in the middle. Then, remove the paper backing from the zipper and adhere the zipper to the ends of the tarp. Be sure that the zipper sticks to the tarp and not to your gift.
After you’ve finished wrapping your gift, you’ll need to create a new stop on the zipper so that the pull won’t run off the track. Use two small beads of hot glue right at the end of the track.
If you look closely, you can see that the beads of hot glue will stop the zipper from running of the track.
Once the glue has dried, be sure the zipper is at the top of the track, then use scissors to cut the material in the center of the zipper so that when you unzip the package, the gift underneath will be revealed.
Now your gift is fully wrapped! How’s that for a crazy gift wrapping idea?
DIY Décor is a series about small, affordable design and décor projects for home and garden.