15 Creative Ways to Wrap with Brown Paper

Gift Wrapping Guide

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."

  1. 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.
  2. Stamp it. Use stamps and ink to create your own pattern or personalize gifts, as in this image from Objects and Use.
  3. Sparkle and shine. These simple, adorned presents from The Sweetest Occasion prove that a simple bow can go a long way.
  4. Use seasonal greenery. Jennifer from The Odessa May Society created miniature wreaths using evergreen twigs.
  5. Layer it. Brown paper can look twice as nice layered with corrugated cardboard or twine, as this DIY from Heartmade shows.
  6. 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.
  7. Tag it. The hand-painted tags are what stand out on these presents from Decor8.
  8. Fold it. This origami-inspired present, from Essimar, is surprisingly modern looking with the addition of some patterned washi tape.
  9. Pick up a pen. These super-chic gifts from Lark Crafts show just what a silver paint pen and some simple geometrics can do.
  10. Personalize it. The only decoration on these presents from The Enchanted Home is their recipients' names.
  11. 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.
  12. Get tactile. A basketweave pattern of yarns keeps this gift looking cozy, from Lion Brand Yarns.
  13. Use a bag. For smaller gifts, a simple brown bag is all you need, from Not on the High Street.
  14. Decorate it. Including a holiday decoration in your wrapping, like these snowflake ornaments from Peppersprouts, feels like a present on a present.
  15. 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!

(Image credits: A Creative Mint; Objects and Use; The Sweetest Occasion; Odessa May Society; Heartmade; Babble; Decor8; Essimar; Lark Crafts; The Enchanted Home; A Beautiful Mess; Lion Brand Yarns; Not on the High Street; Peppersprouts; Decor8)

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