Brown paper packages tied up with string . . . I love this look!
Brown craft paper is a blank canvas for all sorts of pretty gift wrap.
It’s better for the environment than colored wrapping papers and the looks are really classy, in my humble opinion. Plus it feels like more of an old-fashioned Christmas that I like.
Here are some easy ways to make packages special using brown craft paper.
1. Add some red for a classic Christmas look. Add red ribbon, red yarn, or red string to tie the package. Baker’s twine that comes in red and white twist looks good too! If nothing else, tie on a candy cane. Tie on some jingle bells if you like. You can skip the name tag by writing the names directly on the craft paper with a Sharpie. Gold or silver looks great for this.
2. I love gifts in brown craft paper with bits of nature as the decoration. Use rough string for a totally natural look. Bits of shrubs, house plants, and fresh herbs look wonderful. Put the greenery on at the last minute if possible.
3. Adding white give a wintery feel. Use paper snowflakes, bits of lace, white paper doilies, white glitter or even just speckles of white paint to suggest snow (use an old toothbrush dipped in paint that you hit to make specks.)
4. Make little signs to glue on the package or draw them directly on the wrapped gift. They can be a greeting or say who the gift is to. Add a touch of greenery if you like.
5. Glue on bits of holiday decor that you are not using anymore. It’s a great way to recycle bits and pieces.
6. Make cute polka dots everywhere! Use the clean eraser end of a new pencil to paint dots on the brown paper. This looks great in any color. Kids might enjoy helping with this.
7. Add a photo of the person you are giving the gift to. You could print it in black and white if you want to keep all the colors neutral.
8. Let the kids color on the wrapped gift. They can draw or write messages. Great for gifts to the family.
Tips for Mailing Gifts
I like to use yarn on packages that I mail because I don’t have to worry about bows getting crushed. I love using red yard on brown paper packages. A skein of yarn lasts nearly forever used this way.
One more trick using yarn or string. You can add a gift tag by using a hole punch on the tag. Then simply tie the tag onto the end of one of the pieces of string or yarn. I often used last year’s Christmas cards to make these tags and they hold up well to the hole punch.
My best tip for mailing gifts: send the lightest items you can to save postage!
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and happy wrapping!