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
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper (ordinary computer paper should suffice as well)
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Duct tape/Scotch tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • Utility knife
  • Wrapping paper
  • A bow (optional)
<p>This is jus beautiful... Though, being instructables, I think a lot of us would be disappointed that it wasn't a drill. ;p</p>
<p>I made this for my father this year. He always guesses his gifts. I am hoping this one gets him. I used aluminum foil around the drill and coated it with clear packaging tape(the heavy duty stuff). It takes about 6 layers to make a form that stays, without the mache mess. I filled it with dried pinto beans for weight. It isn't quite heavy enough but it will work. The Bass Pro gift card is taped to the base. I swear it was more difficult to wrap the darn thing than to coat it in tape and cut it out, fill it with beans and tape back together. </p>
<p>Thanks for posting. I made mine out of insulation board and hollowed out the &quot;battery&quot; area to put the gift. It's the same thickness as the drill but less work. Also cut out a wood saw shape from coroboard. </p>
<p>When I was in the university, in a class we had to wrap plushies in plastic wrap, then with simple transparent tape. The resulting &quot;cocoon&quot; was surprisingly durable and it was much easier to make than papier-mache. You should try that as well. Also you shouldn't ask why I was making plushie cocoons in university. To this day, I wonder myself.</p>
<p>Awesomeful idea!!</p><p>I decided to skip the paper mache and just put the present inside my drill's battery instead. The case holds together just fine without its screws in. I put part of a cardboard tube around the front end and the handle to make it easier to wrap.</p><p>My sister will be so excited! I think she saw me looking at this Instructable, so she totally won't be expecting it to be an actual drill :D</p>
<p>Thanks! Great idea too, it's one thing to be surprised by a seemingly <br>obvious gift, but it's a whole other to be expecting the <br>unexpected and in turn, receive the expected, which in fact in itself, <br>is something unexpected!</p><p>It's like some evil crisscross double flop <br>diabolical mind game! Nice work!</p>
<p>I was so inspired by your awesome idea. My twist on it got a LOT of laughs!</p><p>Here is the instructables, which also includes a movie of the guy unwrapping the &quot;gift&quot;.</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Yankee-Swap-Prank-So-Bad/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Yankee-Swap-Prank-...</a></p>
<p>Love the idea of the contrast in presents! And besides the misconstrued drug bust, it looks like it all went over pretty well. ;) Excellent work, glad I could inspire!</p>
<p>Haha, this is such a funny idea!</p>
<p>This is genius. I usually hide gifts inside of other gifts, al'la russian nesting dolls, but this is just fun 'evil' that I will employ in future gifting. Thanks!</p>
<p>I can't help but ask, why are you giving someone an iPod touch 2G with no touch panel/glass?</p>
<p><em>Psst. Just between you, me and the entire internet... </em>It actually wasn't a real gift, I just used an old broken one I found buried in a drawer as stand in to demonstrate the process; I don't think I could actually be <em>that</em> evilto someone!<em><br></em></p>
<p>voila* </p>
<p>I see Haha, thanks for pointing that out!</p>
<p>This is so cool! I'm going to use this as inspiration for a Yankee Swap that I am going to this weekend!</p>
<p>You can also sub duct tape for the paper mache. It's a lot faster and less messy, but requires stuffing to keep its shape.</p><p>Great idea!</p>
<p>I never would have thought of that, great idea!</p>
<p>I've done things like this! It's a blast, and this is one fine instructable. One of my absolute favorite things to do for small gifts is to find odd containers at thrift shops, cut a hatch in them, stuff the gift inside and wrap the whole thing. I once gave a silk scarf stuffed inside a plastic banana.</p>
<p>This. Is. Hilarious.</p><p>I simply cannot *wait* to try this out! A simple concept, great result! Thanks for the idea!</p>
<p>Thanks and no problem, glad I could inspire!</p>
<p>What a simple and evil idea! Well executed, I'd love some suggestions for other good decoy items too. Bottles of wine are a very easily recognisable shape, that could be good for stashing smaller gifts in.</p>
<p>Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it! And yes, a wine bottle would make <br>make a great decoy! As far as some others, let's see, just off the top <br>of my head,</p><p>High heels</p><p>An iron</p><p>A guitar (Although I'm not quite sure of anyone who'd be particularly disappointed by this.)</p><p>A variety of tools have distinct shapes, e.g., hammer, wrench, screwdriver, <em>a power drill</em>... (Cross promo!), hand saw, etc. <br></p><p>Cleaning supplies, e.g., a vacuum (Big reveal!), spray bottle, broom, etc. <br></p><p>Pots, pans and kitchen equipment <br></p><p>Fitness equipment, e.g., weights, medicine ball, resistance bands, etc. <br></p><p>Garden supplies, e.g., watering can, shovel, rake, etc.</p><p>There's <br> a lot of things to decoy really! Maybe try taking a look around the <br>house as well. Just be sure to make it something they hate! <em>*cue sinister laugh &amp; diabolical thunder*</em></p>
<p>Some people use a glue and water solution for paper mache... I think it just dries up instead of spoiling, which the flour kind can if you leave it out too long.</p>
<p>Great idea! I love it. Thanks</p>
before seeing this, i had actually planned on taping my wifes best small presents to an ironing board, and then wrapping that up for under the tree... i can imagine her face on seeing it. come on... who gives their mrs an ironing board for christmas. i may even use this technique to make a &quot;wrapped iron&quot; for her too lmao.
<p>great decoy object :)</p>
<p>i'm a long time fan of decoy gift wrapping. this is a great choice for decoy object. p.s. love the squash in the background of the pictures :)</p>
<p>Wow that's amazing thx for the idea I have to go to THREE White Elephants. Talk about a lot of gifts.</p>
<p>Joint compound would work great for the extra weight. Just mix it up and glop it into one or both halves of the object mold until it weighs about the same as the original. FUN!</p>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeQPz-gzb78" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeQPz-gzb78</a><br> <br> I did this for my wife phone this Christmas :)
Nicely done, be sure to let me know how it goes! ;)
Cool i like to do things like that. One year my cousin wanted to try coconut so i got her one and put it in a dishwasher box with a ton of rocks.
This is an amazing idea, and very well executed. Bravo
HA!! I love this I now must start making decoy boxes for this year thanks for the great idea!
No problem, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Brilliant ible! <br> <br>I once gave my brother-in-law a DVD where I'd replaced the inlay card with one I created in Photoshop so I looked like a porn film! His face was a picture as he tried to hide it from my sister!!! <br>
I like to put a (well-sealed) box of broken glass inside these- they shake it and I say, &quot;Uh-oh...&quot; Best reactions ever
haha, I love doing this! I had gotten my brother MW3 for Christmas, and I knew as soon as he felt it through the paper he would know what it was, so I stripped an old book of its cover, taped the case inside and wrapped it up. Because the book cover was a bit bigger then the case, it felt just like a book. It was priceless.
Excellent instructable, it inspired me to think creatively about my friend's birthday party. A little cardboard and wok becomes turtle!
I'm glad you enjoyed it! It look's awesome, great job!
Reminds me of one year when I told my parents I wanted my own set of tools (both power and regular) They gave me a tiny red handsaw on Christmas Eve, then on Christmas they said 'Santa came' and I got the power tools. xD<br>Then another year, or maybe it was the same year, I said I wanted a camera and they come back with one of these disposable ones. then later on they gave me the actual gift which was a camcorder.<br> since then I have been doing the box in the box with a crap load of packing tape and hiding any sharp objects in the house. hehe
How about a weight in the middle to better disguise it? Or even something weird like a small bottle of water that sloshes?<br><br>For Christmas, I gave my brother a gift card taped to a brick, and wrapped in 5 layers of various kinds of 'gift wrap' He almost missed the card because of the side he opened first XD.
Haha! that must have been a surprise to him! But yes, I have thought of adding weight to it, I was just a little short on time, possibly a paper weight, some marbles, rocks?lol anything that's small and heavy would work, or something like you said, A small water bottle of sorts. :-)
Thus no one will guess what's inside
When we were teens, I gave my brother an electric toy pinball machine;<br>but first he was presented the batteries, wrapped in cardboard tubes<br>assembled to look like a pipe maze. It was so darn funny.
evil EVIL mind.. I LOVE IT ! My favorite decoy/joke wrapping was the box in a box in a box, ending with a necklace box from a local jeweler, inside of which was a screwdriver set (she HAD been complaining she could never find a screwdriver!) ok it almost got me killed/divorced but the look was WELL WORTH it. I've been warned to behave each holiday since but... maybe a hammer that's REALLY a necklace ? GREAT IDEA thank you for sharing
Great idea! go for it, as long as the real gift is better that the decoy there will be no murdering required! lol
I'm making something like this, but bit different
That's cool, good luck with it

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