Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String

December 20, 2011

by Margaret Cabaniss

Later this week I’m heading home for Christmas, so I’m trying to gather up all my gifts now and get a jump on wrapping before I hit the road. I’ve mentioned before my undying love for kraft-paper wrapped anything, and Christmas gifts are no exception. I would argue that there’s nothing more Christmas-y than a pile of brown paper packages underneath the tree…but arguing doesn’t really seem in keeping with the season, so I won’t push it.

It is, however, a dead simple and inexpensive way to wrap your gifts — not to mention a little more earth-friendly (less paper buying means less paper wasting, plus the lack of dyes apparently makes it easier to recycle). You can buy giant rolls of kraft paper for a few bucks at any office supply store, or online. But if you’re looking for something with a little more flair than plain paper and string, there are still plenty of easy ways to dress up your gifts.

I love tucking a sprig of fresh greenery under the twine, or adding a strip of (what else?) an old book page or newspaper around the package for extra depth.

Stephmodo’s jingle bells and baker’s twine are a small but adorable touch:

I love Agnes Blum’s little felt monster and brightly colored yarn — perfect for the kids:

Last year I made these gift bows out of old road maps…

…and this year I may have to try making these name tags instead:

Happy wrapping!

Image 1: Flickr user Evie Marie, 2: An Angel at My Table (via Apartment Therapy), 3: stephmodo, 4: KnockKnocking, 5: How About Orange, 6: Bugs and Fishes

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1 Monica D December 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I love these beautiful, simple, thoughtful ideas! Thank you for sharing!


2 EML December 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Oh my so cute! I normally wrap all Christmas gift in brown paper, but forgot to pick some up from the store so all gifts are being wrapped with newspaper…comics to be exact. They actually look quite cute and since all the kids are 3 or under they could care less what the wrapping paper looks like.


3 Zoe Saint-Paul December 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I love brown paper wrapping, too. So versatile. These are all great ideas. The only bad thing is, you hate to open any gifts this cute!


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