gift wrapping with kraft paper
Christmas is coming up quick, and I know there are plenty of you out there that haven’t even begun to wrap your presents. I remember that almost every year when I was young, my mom would stay up until 2 or 3am (or later) to finish wrapping the gifts (my dad would always make sure we didn’t wake her up too early on Christmas morning!), but once I got older, I loved to help her wrap presents. There’s something about making a nice, neat, perfect-looking gift that is almost as satisfying as unwrapping one. Scott and I don’t have a lot of space or storage in our apartment this year, and we also don’t have a lot of money to spend on all kinds of wrapping paper and bits – enter kraft paper. We bought a huge roll on Amazon and have been using it for EVERYTHING. I love how cohesive it makes the presents look, but I do like to be a little creative with the packages. I’ve come up with some ways to dress up plain old kraft packages so they’ll look special under the tree!

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For this gift, I simply wrote the name across the package, then added a few stars with gold paint pen. I love the way the gold paint pen looks, and I think it would also look good with just the name (especially on a big gift!).

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Try using a thick ribbon for a large package. For this one, I didn’t even run the ribbon the whole way across the bottom, just enough to go across the top and down the sides (so you can save your ribbon and your money)!

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Draw some simple Christmas trees and/or holly with a permanent marker. I used both for a natural holiday motif, but I also love the idea of drawing just holly or just a line of trees across the bottom of the gift!

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Cut a tag out of cardstock or construction paper, address it, and stick it to the package. I like this because it’s simple, but it would be really easy to make the tag fancier.

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For this one, I wrapped baker’s twine around the gift a few times, tied it in a small bow, then tucked a small sprig under the twine (in case you were wondering, this is from a fraser fir tree – Scott’s uncle owns a Christmas tree farm, so I’ve been learning things like this since being married).

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This is definitely one of my favorite ideas – I just tied a simple white ribbon across the package. I think it looks so beautiful, and a whole bunch of presents wrapped in this way would look amazing under the tree.

One last thing – if you’re going for a very cohesive look, I would suggest only incorporating one or two of these ideas (for example, most of my gifts have pretty lettering in either gold or black, and a few gifts have bakers twine). Hope these ideas were helpful – here’s to spending less time wrapping and more time with families and friends!

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