The western world's Winter chill is just beginning to strengthen its clutches throughtout, and with the holiday season just around the corner, as is the secret sinister sweater's league, gift giving from all around is about to sky rocket into overdrive.
You know the drill, Wrap, rip, repeat. With the occasional ear shattering, molar cracking scream evey now and again... But whomever would think to give no more than a second thought to that massive ball of colorful paper, shiny bows and adheasive tape left occupying half the room by mornings end? After all, a present's wrapping is but a flame beneath it's pyre, right? Wrong.
Enter, decoy wrapping. Poised to look the part of an innocently wrapped, absolutely and tremendously terrible gift, all while it's diabolical interior, is anything but!
Likewise, the technique used was perfect for, yet not limited to a power drill. Experiment with it yourself; find the most perfectly imperfect and terribly tremendous decoy that is sure to make that special someone squeal!
Step 1: Materials & Supplies
Besides the actual gift itself, All the materials used in the project will most likely be found already lying around your house. As far as the fake present, I personally decided on a power drill, not only did it work well with the shape of the iPod case, I also found it's form quite recognizable; and, unless you're the crafty type person like me, I'd find it to be rather unusual. (Then again, this is instructables.... Dammit!)
List of supplies:
- A fake gift (for molding the decoy)
- The real gift
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Newspaper (ordinary computer paper should suffice as well)
- Mixing bowl
- Duct tape/Scotch tape
- Plastic wrap
- Utility knife
- Wrapping paper
- A bow (optional)
Step 2: Prep Work
Since a major amount of the work here involved paper mache, and in having past experience with it before, I knew this was going to get messy. I needed a way to prevent the drill and it's components from becoming a big goopy mess.
The solution? Simple. One or two layers of ordinary plastic wrap did the trick! After your object has been fully wrapped and sealed, it's time for the next step, prepping the pulp!
Step 3: The Pulp!
Just remember there is no exact recipe when making paper mache pulp, It's really all up to the maker, some people prefer having a thinner pulp and vise versa. Just start with about a cup of flour and slowly add warm water while stirring until it reaches desired consistency, I used a cup of flour to about 2 cups of warm water. Once the pulp is made you'll need to make the strips, I began by laying a sheet of the newspaper flat on the table, I then tore the newspaper into 1 inch wide strips Ripping long ways. You may also cut them using scissors, but I have hear that tearing them makes a stronger bond in the end. Once all this is prepared it's time to start layering!
Step 4: Paper Mache Layering
Here's a time lapse of the coating process:
The whole process took about 20 minutes to complete.
Step 5: Releasing the Mold
Step 6: Reinforcements
Step 7: Back Together Again
Step 8: Wrapping
Step 9: Weight
Step 10: Complete!
Top the whole thing off with a bow and voila, the perfect gifting gag! I'd absolutely like to add weight to it the next time I attempt this, but overall the project was relatively easy to make and very satisfying to see the finished product!
I wish you the best of luck with you decoy and until next time, happy holidays!