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Subject: What is the best way to wrap multiple books?
Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:41 AM ET
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I need to send out a mix of hb and pb books to 1 person and I was wondering the best way to wrap it since I do not have any boxes that size.  I seen somewhere on here that someone was talking about using a paper bag but I'm not sure if that was for more than one book. 

Any suggestions on the best way you have found?  Thanks Everyone!

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:48 AM ET
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Deidre, if you have a paper bag that is big enough, that works really well...just make sure to tape it really well so that when the books shift they don't tear the paper.  You might also wrap them in a grocery bag first ot protect them from moisture.

I have also use old wrapping paper turned inside out.  I will put the books in a grocery bag first to get them in a good and easy to work-with stack, then wrap them in wrapping paper.

HTH

 

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:51 AM ET
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If it's more than 2 or 3 books, I'd really search for a box that would work.  You might have to cut the box down, but that would be better than trying to wrap several books together.  I've cut up paper bags and heavy 9"x12" envelopes, just tape together until you have a big enough piece of paper.  I'd suggest rubber-banding or tying the books together before wrapping so they don't shift as much while wrapping and during shipping.  Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:52 AM ET
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Wrapping paper ? Like Christmas or Birthday over the paperbag and then attach the address printout? Cause I have a lot of wrapping paper and that sounds like a cute way to send. I didn't know you could do that. ( If that's what you mean.........)       : )



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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:04 PM ET
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Depending on the size of the books I do it a variety of ways.  If you have more than one book that is the same size, wrap them together, using paper or a paper bag, etc.  Then after all the books are individually wrapped, I tape them together with a roll of tape - ha ha - ok, not that much, but I just stack them up and tape them up. 

Or, If it's possible to get them all in one paper bag, taped up, then inside another paper bag, taped up, etc.  Boxes are best in this case, but not necessary.  I once sent about 20 books to one gal.  I wrapped like sizes together first, then stacked them in a paper bag, taped it up, repeated for 4 layers of paper bags, taped the hay outta it, and it arrived perfectly.  Use what you got around the house.  there's no right or wrong way. 

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:07 PM ET
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I seldom use a box.   I put them in a plastic bag and tape it so the books don't shift at all.   I then wrap it in whatever I have on hand, a paper bag, or gift wrap.  I wrap it as if it were a present and cover it with tape.  ANY paper will work if covered with tape.   I don't turn my gift wrap inside out - I think it's fun for people to get a fun, pretty package.  

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:09 PM ET
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Thanks for the ideas.....I wasn't sure what the post office  would accept.  I am off to be creative with the wrapping.  ; )

Ps:  Cozi I'll be looking at your shelf soon 'cause I want to get a gift in the mail too..............................



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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:14 PM ET
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Well of course, some days I get lazy too, and just throw them in a bubble envelope!  lol

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:14 PM ET
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I put them in two piles, side by side and wrap in saran wrap.  I then use packing tape to go around the sides to that the books are held together tightly and can't shift.  I then wrap with sheets of typing paper taped together and then wrap lile a Christmas present taking care to reinforce corners with tape and also any of the sides that are kind of "loose" because of books sometimes being different sizes.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:21 PM ET
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I'm a cling wrapper, too! Then I tape around the plastic to prevent any movement. THEN, the heavy wrapping paper. I don't have access to a lot of boxes, so inside out bags are my choice of outer mailing materials. THEN i tape the heck out of that.

Plastic and tape, you can't go wrong.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:24 PM ET
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I wrap them all in a plastic bag,  put tape all the way around it one way, then tape around it again, the other way (So it makes an "X" on top of the books, if that makes sense.  Then I wrap the whole thing in paper.

 

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:54 PM ET
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I wouldn't just wrap hardcovers in paper to mail. I use all kinds of things that I keep after opening foods. Some boxes I save are cereal, waffle, and Frozen WW dinner boxes. These boxes work well to protect the books, then I wrap paper around the box and tape well.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 5:20 PM ET
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Deidre, yes I meant gift wrapping paper.  It does make it fun for the recipient to receive a book wrapped that way...like a birthday or christmas!  :)

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 9:44 PM ET
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Another cereal, waffle etc box user here! I wrap them in plastic then in the box and then paper over the box.

The boxes are light weight but keep things together, especially books of different sizes.

 

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 12:58 AM ET
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Whne you do use gift wrapping paper use several layers of it-one isn't enough. you can pick up wrapping paper at the $$$ store.

I've done it.....purty wrappings!!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/27/2007 3:02 AM ET
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If you do use paper, tape the corners and edges very well.

(Sorta should go without sayin'...)

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 10:59 AM ET
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Just wanted to thank everyone for all the great ideas.  I would have never thought to use the cereal or waffle boxes.   What a great way to reuse them!

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 12:35 PM ET
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If I don't have a box available, I play with stacking the books into the most compact and/or flat non-wiggly pile possible, then secure them with either rubber bands, plastic wrap or anything else that will hold them together securely, then I wrap them with heavy paper and tape that securely. If they're still wiggling, I'll tape it tighter. If I have it available, I'll cut apart and use a recycled Tyvek envelope so that the books won't rip through.