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. I’m going to show you how to wrap a gift in a brown paper bag, so you can save some money this Christmas but still give gifts that look fabulous. Check out our cookie cutter gift tags too!
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? It seems like such a waste. You pay 10 dollars for a few rolls of it, and before you know it, it’s crumpled up and thrown in the garbage.
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 presenst 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 and a really fun way to surprise my boys and my dad with tickets to see one of their favourite hockey teams play.
This year, I used brown paper bags to wrap a few gifts to give them that old-fashioned-Christmas look, and if I can say so myself, I think the results were gorgeous. So simple, classy and beautiful.
It’s hard to believe a gift so pretty didn’t cost me a thing to wrap and decorate. 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 rustic, natural 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 crumple sheets of brown paper in the packages they send. I just smooth the creases out with a warm iron, and it’s just like new.
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.
Add a handmade gift tag and you have an inexpensive wrap job that looks great!
Bet you never thought a package in brown paper wrapping could look this pretty!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.