It’s fast approaching that time of year again when gift giving is at its height and maybe you want to send someone a lovely new pair of shoes. But wait, how are you supposed to wrap them without it looking like a complete mess? Well, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a comprehensive guide on how to wrap shoes, both with and without a box and we’re certain you’ll love it. We’ll also let you in on a few little secrets along the way with top tips on how to get the best from your shoe gift wrapping:
How to Gift Wrap a Shoe Box
It might just be that shoes you wish to send come in their own box, but that box just isn’t jazzy enough. With that, let us offer a few useful tips to help you dress it up.
A shoe box can generally be opened quite easily, either with a lift off lid or flip lid. Both styles lend themselves well to decoration too. So instead of wrapping the whole box like a traditional present, why not wrap each part separately so the shoe box remains functional? This can be a nice touch and the receiver could reuse the shoe box too if they wanted.
When gift wrapping shoes, always remember to prep first. Make sure you have all your materials to hand: So, wrapping paper, scissors, sticky tape, double-sided tape and of course the shoe box you wish to wrap. There’s nothing worse than getting half way through and then realising you can’t find something. If the shoe box you want to wrap is one with a removable lid, use this easy step-by-step guide as adapted from Fabyoubliss:
Step 1 – Using the scissors, cut a piece of wrapping paper that’s a little wider than the box on each side. With the box sat centrally on the paper, cut from each corner of the paper until you reach the corner of the box. TOP TIP: Sit something weighty on each corner of the paper to prevent it from curling up.
Step 2 – Put some double sided sticky tap on the underside of the box and with great care, place the box in the centre of the paper. Making sure the corners on the box line up with the cuts made.
Step 3 – Once you’re confident the box is secured to the paper correctly, fold each side of the paper into the box. Tape the wrapping paper to the inside of the box as you go.
Step 4 – Repeat steps 1 to 3 for the lid and Voila! A funky new box!
As a nice finishing touch, you could use ribbon and embellishments to decorate the box further if you wish. The same sort of methods can also be applied to a flip lid style shoe box. If you’re certain the receiver of the shoes would like to keep hold of the box, you could also try it using fabric instead for a slightly different look and a more robust feel.
How to Gift Wrap Shoes Without a Box
One obvious thing to do when sending or giving shoes as a gift, would be to put them in a box to make wrapping them easier, however this isn’t always an option. One thing that needs to be taken into consideration is that not all shoes are the same, some may have heels, some might be flexible, they all differ and what may work for one type of shoe, may not work for another. We’ve considered different methods of wrapping shoes to make them look presentable as well as some useful hints on what to do when you want to post shoes without a box.
Probably the easiest method to consider would be to fashion a gift bag out of wrapping paper. If the shoes are of an unstructured design, stuff them with tissue paper so that they hold their shape. Then wrap them in a quantity of tissue paper or bubble wrap, this will not only protect them against any knocks and bangs, but will also make them more secure inside the gift bag. You can follow the below steps on how to create a gift bag using just wrapping paper, scissors and sticky tape:
Step 1 – Lay down the wrapping paper and measure the width of the shoes. Realistically, the wrapping paper will need to be twice the width of the shoes, preferably a little larger. TOP TIP: Use a middleweight wrapping paper. Thinner paper is likely to tear and a heavier grade can be hard to work with.
Step 2 – Once the width has been measured, fold two sides into the centre. This should now give you the seam of your gift bag. Secure the seam with a piece of sticky tape.
Step 3 – Next, fold up the bottom end for your base, again using your gift as a size guide to make sure you have enough height on the bag.
Step 4 – Once folded and the crease for the base has been made. Open up the bottom and fold in the opposite direction. This should create a diamond shape.
Step 5 – The last step is to fold down the peaks of the diamond, these can then be secured with sticky tape. The base of your bag is done and the shoes can now be placed inside. Once in, the bag can be closed by simply folding over the top and securing with sticky tap.
There are a few alternatives that may be more suitable if getting a little bit crafty isn’t your thing.
One method would be to wrap them in fabric. Traditionally known as Japanese Furoshiki, this method is also environmentally friendly as you would use a cotton or silk scarf as the wrap. The scarf could also be given as part of the gift.
Another simple yet effective way to wrap shoes without a box, would be to tie them together with a ribbon, then wrap in tissue paper as before. These can then be encased in clear cellophane and use an embellished hair tie to fasten. Simple, effective and easy to do.
When sending shoes though the post, either with or without a traditional shoe box, always try to put them in an outer box to send. Shoe boxes are usually made from single wall cardboard and aren’t designed to withstand much of an impact. The same goes for wrapping paper bags and cellophane. Though the shoes are unlikely to get damaged, if they’re being sent as a gift and they turn up in a damaged box, it doesn’t seem like such a nice surprise.
Choosing the right shoes to give as a gift can be a difficult task, but wrapping them can be even harder. Hopefully our useful tips on how to wrap shoes for Christmas and other special occasions has helped and will go some way to making things a little easier for you.