As we enter November, the calendar’s opener to the upcoming gift fest that is winter, I decided it was time to talk presents. I love wrapping presents most, when it comes to holiday tasks. There’s so much room to get creative and add your personality to the gift, without having to over-spend or pay someone else to do it.
My favorite wrapping paper, hands down, is regular old brown craft paper(postal paper/shipping paper). You can get the Scotch brand, which is incredibly durable, here. But heads up, I just saw it at the Dollar Tree for…drum-roll….$1.
This roll may not look like much on it’s own, but if you’re already a brown paper wrapper (not rapper), then you know how awesome this can be! Some other favorite staples are twine, string, ribbon & buttons. Here are some examples:
I wrapped this using brown paper wrapping, twine, a ribbon, and some washi tape! Don’t forget about your washi for the holidays, you wouldn’t want poor washi feeling neglected, would you?
The Fab Guide shows that it looks fab to cut out paper shapes and string them on top of the brown paper as well. I’m thinking kid-art for this too!
Over at Roost Blog, we’re reminded that we can use some of natures outdoor gifts to dress up our holiday wrapping. I love receiving gifts wrapped in that manner – it’s like there’s an added level of care, thought and emotion involved. ‘Lil treat from mother nature!
Use lettering for the giftee’s name or initials. If you have a Silhouette, put it to good use like they did here!
Yarn is another great use for dressing up a gift at any time of year. You can even use scraps because it doesn’t take much to wrap around one time, and when you alternate colors, you can get away with much less yarn length per color 🙂 JOY!
Bunting to decorate a white or brown paper-wrapped gift is an incredibly adorable option as well. You can purchase bunting like this and you can also make it yourself. At ilovegifting.com they show you how to DIY the bunting so you can cut that cost out.
You can also take some brown or white wrapping and sew the edges for gifts that are a bit oddly shaped. I find this to be a fantastic solution rather than pulling my hair out trying to get clean lines on some ridiculous shaped toddler toy, for instance.
For birthday presents, a simple ribbon duo will do the trick:
Oh now this is just TOO clever and I wish I could take credit for it. Alas, I’ll just copy http://www.thecraftyhostess.com ‘s genius. But I’m really in love with the fact that you can do this for $0 since paint swatches are free ninety-nine.
One of my go-tos for wrapping paper purchasing, year round, is the Christmas Tree Shoppe, if you have one near you. The wrapping paper is typically a sturdy weight with classy print or color options. So if you want to get away from brown paper for a break, this is an inexpensive and awesome alternative.
Another alternative to wrapping with brown paper on a roll, you can use a brown or white lunch bag and decorate in the same ways…as long as your present will fit in the bag!
Here are some items you can use with brown wrapping paper to dress it up, personalize it, or theme your fabulous presents:
- Washi tape
- bunting (handmade with paper and string)
- jingle bells
- lettering (cut out initial(s) or use a silhouette if you have one!
What’s your favorite item to decorate you presents with?