Maybe you want to save money on wrapping paper this year, or perhaps you just like to give gifts that look charming and rustic and old-fashioned. Whatever the case, this brown paper gift wrap idea is stunning, and you won’t have to spend a dime!
This is just a quick and simple little post but I really wanted to show you this gorgeous but inexpensive gift-wrapping idea.
Making the gifts under the tree look beautiful is one of the things I really love about Christmas, but store-bought wrapping paper can really add up. Gift wrap is so expensive here. Is it the same where you live? You pay 10 dollars for a few rolls of it, and it ends up ripped and crumpled and in the trash soon after you give someone their gift.
To keep the costs of gift wrapping down a little, every year, I like to come up with creative, inexpensive ways to wrap some of the pressies I’m giving.
One year, I sewed Christmas gift bags, using inexpensive remnants of fabric, and another year, I wrapped small gifts, cash and gift cards this way, in a pull-top can. The tin cans were a huge hit. They were easy to prepare, and they looked beautiful. It was a really fun way to surprise my boys and my dad with tickets to see one of their favourite hockey teams play.
And now, for my most recent creative gift-wrapping idea: a brown paper wrapped gift that is simple and classy and beautiful.
It’s hard to believe a gift so pretty didn’t cost me a think to wrap and decorate. That’s because I used brown paper bags and and a few odds and ends from the craft cupboard. I also gathered some pinecones and greenery from our yard to give these packages a classic Old-Time-Christmas look.
In addition to paper bags, I used plain brown packing paper, similar to kraft paper. I do a lot of my Christmas shopping through Amazon, and they stuff sheets of this paper into the packages they send , to protect the goods inside. .
I LOVE that brow paper. We use it for paper mache, group art projects, protecting the table when we’re crafting etc.
Ok… back to wrapping our presents.
For this brown paper gift wrap idea, I used:
- brown paper bag or craft paper
- wide fabric ribbon
- sprigs from our spruce tree
- assorted greenery from the garden: boxwood, holly, euonymus, etc.
- small artificial flowers
- glue gun
- sprigs of spruce, boxwood, holly, euonymus etc.
Wrapping the gifts:
I chose some wide fabric ribbons from our craft scraps, and then I hit up our bag of artificial flowers, and snipped off a few sprigs of small white and red blossoms.
If you don’t have artificial flowers at home, you search your garden for rose-hips or holly. Or, you can zip to the dollar store and pick up bunch of flowers for a buck. You’ll get a lot of blossoms in one bunch of flowers, and still save major moolah because the rest of the project costs nothing.
When you’re ready to wrap, slice your paper bag open, and trim the bottom off so you’re dealing with a flat piece of brown paper. If your paper bag is really wrinkly, you can iron the creases out with an iron set on low heat.
Wrap your gift as you would with normal wrapping paper, and then wrap your ribbon around the gift, criss-crossing at the top, and securing the ends in place under neat the package. You can use tape or a glue gun to do that.
Now, place a pinecone or two and some sprigs of greenery and blossoms on top of your gift, and play around with them until you come up with an arrangement you like.
Then, glue it all in place with a glue gun.
Bet you never thought a package in brown paper wrapping could look this pretty!
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