If your Christmas gift needs a special wrap... WHO YA GONNA CALL?

People forget the real meaning of the Holidays. No, it's not about family, it's not about friendship and sharing and gifts and Santa and Jesus. NOOOO! These are the days before Vigo, the Scourge of Carpathia, the Sorrow of Moldavia, returns from the dead to rule the Earth!

So, in tribute of the only heroes capable of defeating Vigo the Unholy, I made a special gift box in the form of a Ghost Trap. You introduce the present inside the box and the receiver must open the trap doors for extracting his gift.

NOTE: THIS IS A GIFT WRAP, NOT A PROP OR A MODEL. If you want to make an accurate replica of the ghost trap, be my guest. But:
  1. I made this with stuff easy and fast to find or replace.
  2. Maybe you have another gifts to wrap (unless this is a present for a very special person)
  3. You don't want the wrap looks cooler than the present. Do you?

Well, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for all the Instructables Community (the awesome Instructables.com Staff and my fellow makers). YOU ARE THE BEST!

And, as Dr. Peter Venkman said:

"I love this plan! I'm excited it could work! LET'S DO IT!"

Step 1: Materials and stuff

You will need the following stuff:

1 Rectangular cardboard box, according to the gift size. It will be the trap body. I used an "old" Iphone 2G box.
2 Small boxes. I used plastic ones for electric projects, but cardboard ones are useful, too. They will be the front and back parts.
1 black marker for the trap handle.
2 rectangular metal plates (for electric installations). You cand find them in hardware stores. For the trap sides.
1 Yellow electrical tape
1 Black electrical tape
2 Plastic rulers (or one long enough). I started using them for measuring, but they finished being part of the trap as the doors.
Screws and bolts
Superglue (epoxic)
Grey tubes (from grey pens) and a knob. For decorating the side plates.


Dremel Rotary Tool

  1. I used black boxes and it saved me from buying black painting.
  2. I love to drill and to use screws and bolts for assembling the parts. But you can make this project only using superglue.

And don't forget:

1. If you don't have it, replace it!
2. Use protective equipment (dust mask and goggles)
3. Beware of drilled and soldered hot surfaces
4. Work in a good ventilated area.
5. Always have junk in stock
6. Enjoy!
surely ink would get on your hand?
That is beyond gift wrap, i would love to find a ghost trap under the tree!!! NEAT!!!
Thanks Rooster! Well, it would be a good gift wrap if the gift inside are the ECTO-1 keys! :-)
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
Thanks Poofrabbit!! :-)
Muy bonito Mayo!!! te quedó super
Gracias Santi!
Suerte ;)
Santo, amigo! Muchas gracias. Qué bueno saber de ti!
This is excellent. One thing I'd add, though, is that since I'd hate to waste a good marker (assuming you don't have a dead one lying around), I'd rather take a toilet paper tube and cut it down to the right size tube (it will already have a curve to it), then cover it in black tape or paint or something. Then it's upcycling the TP tube too.
Thanks Susan!! Well, I used an old marker. I always have plastic junk in stock! :-)
Listo mi voto Mario :).
Gracias don Juan!!! :-)
I looked in the trap Ray!<br>
LOL!! Thanks bmelton1!
Nesecito una caja de Iphone. Esta chevere!
me parece genial.. me la regalas... de coleccion.
Lo pensar&eacute;! Jajajaja!
Esta super pero yo la vi primero.....y tiene un valor sentimental.
Jejejejeje! Siii! Gracias Holmilla! :-)
Te qued&oacute; del carajo!!!!!! se ve super ^_^
Oh, and how cool is this... you could make matching little gift boxes for jewelry or something out of paper. <a href="http://cyberdrone.deviantart.com/art/Cubee-Ghost-Trap-Movie-127293053" rel="nofollow">Free papercraft template here</a>.
AWESOME!!! Thank you very much!! :-)
Wow you out did yourself! this is totally awesome! I see a winner in the contest. Congrats on such a good one!<br>Sunshiine
Thanks Sunshiine!!!!! :-)
Good Job !! Keep up the good work !!
Thanks Mr. Sanchez!! :-)
Thanks Mr. Sanchez! :-)
Nice, I really like this!
Thanks Mikeasaurus!!! :-)
And we get trapped with your awesome project...AGAIN !!!

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Bio: I'm Mario Caicedo Langer, from Colombia, former Navy officer and BSc in Naval Sciences. Right now I'm Technology Program Manager and Lego Robotics ... More »
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