Entertaining season is suddenly upon us, and pretty soon we'll be turning our attention (if we haven't already) to gift-giving: what to give to whom, and of course, how to wrap it.
One of the biggest wrapping trends of recent years is the emergence of brown kraft paper as a gift-gussying staple. I'm a fan myself: for the past four years or so, I've wrapped all my gifts in brown paper, and chosen a different way each year to decorate them.
The possibilities for prettying up a brown paper package are nearly endless. Ribbons, washi tape, handmade gift tags, paint, contrast paper... only your creativity sets a limit. Check out some of these ideas for wrapping gifts with brown paper, which go way beyond "tied up with string."
- Pick a color scheme and run with it. This pile of presents from A Creative Mint uses a base of Trader Joes shopping bags and embellishes them with washi tape and string in a strict red-and-white palette.
- Stamp it. Use stamps and ink to create your own pattern or personalize gifts, as in this image from Objects and Use.
- Sparkle and shine. These simple, adorned presents from The Sweetest Occasion prove that a simple bow can go a long way.
- Use seasonal greenery. Jennifer from The Odessa May Society created miniature wreaths using evergreen twigs.
- Layer it. Brown paper can look twice as nice layered with corrugated cardboard or twine, as this DIY from Heartmade shows.
- Keep it simple. A basic bow, like this one from Babble, can be all a brown paper package needs if the color and pattern are interesting enough.
- Tag it. The hand-painted tags are what stand out on these presents from Decor8.
- Fold it. This origami-inspired present, from Essimar, is surprisingly modern looking with the addition of some patterned washi tape.
- Pick up a pen. These super-chic gifts from Lark Crafts show just what a silver paint pen and some simple geometrics can do.
- Personalize it. The only decoration on these presents from The Enchanted Home is their recipients' names.
- Package a pouch. Mandi from A Beautiful Mess used an old paper bag, a black marker and a sewing machine to create this custom packet.
- Get tactile. A basketweave pattern of yarns keeps this gift looking cozy, from Lion Brand Yarns.
- Use a bag. For smaller gifts, a simple brown bag is all you need, from Not on the High Street.
- Decorate it. Including a holiday decoration in your wrapping, like these snowflake ornaments from Peppersprouts, feels like a present on a present.
- Get creative. As this photo from Decor8 shows, tags, handwriting, and objects around your home can all add up to create the perfect present.
Check out our video on 3 creative ways to use kraft paper for entertaining!