I imagine a couple scenarios happening on Christmas Eve: you brought gifts home but forgot to wrap or you bought a couple last minute gifts and still need to wrap. No worries! I have 3 quick gift wrapping ideas that take less than 5 minutes to complete. Most of these materials will be easy to find or substitute.
You can pretty much do this with any type of gift bag. Place the gift inside, cut off the handles, tape down and then tie with string, yarn or whatever you have lying around. Voila!
I think newsprint has a great look to it. Depending on what newspaper you have access to, there are sometimes nice illustrations like the one above. Why not use that as a focal point for the gift? Plus, using the illustration on the newsprint on the gift, makes the use of newsprint seem more deliberate.
A quick way to dress up some tissue paper is using a sharpie. I used a metallic bronze sharpie to draw polka dots all over the peach tissue paper. Simple!
I've always been a fan of simple, beautiful and easy gift wrap. It can take as little or as much time as you like and can be easily personalized! There are endless gift-wrapping possibilities with brown paper and I've rounded up six simple ideas below using brown craft paper as a base. (My friend Danielle knows me too well and gifted me a gigantic roll of craft paper last year for my birthday. I swear, it will last me YEARS.)
Tree Clippings + Washi Tape
If you have a Christmas tree or wreath, you can snip off a piece and tape it to the front of your wrapped gift. Any kind of tape will work. I have patterned washi tape that dressed it up a little bit.
Stamps + String
With a simple stamp and ink, you can make your own patterned wrapping paper. I received this stamp as a gift last year and I'm finally putting it to good use! I have a big spool of red and white string that I love to use for gifts and banners. I really like the simplicity of the string with the brown paper. Remember the line, "Brown paper packages tied up with string ... these are a few of my favorite things"? It has always stuck with me. I'm a sucker.
Stamps, String + Tree Clippings
I combined the previous two wrapping ideas and came up with a new one. I had leftover patterned paper with arrows so I used it to wrap a small gift. I added tree clippings to the top with the string!
Photo + String
I've raved about Artifact Uprising and their prints before and I thought one of the prints would make a great decoration. Recently I ordered a set of prints of some of my favorite photos from this year. I used brown twine to wrap around the gift and stuck the print through. Two gifts in one!
Metallic Sharpie Doodles
I'm a big doodler. Even if you aren't good at drawing, you could still do something simple with Sharpies. An easy pattern (polka dots, stripes or small shapes) works. I think the metallic Sharpies add a festive feel to the brown paper. I doodled mandalas in the corners of this gift!
Metallic Sharpie Words
Another idea for using the metallic Sharpies is to write festive words all over the brown paper. I just loosely wrote these words in cursive all over.
I would love to hear your ideas on what you could pair with brown craft paper! Comment below with tips + tricks!
For the DIY crafter
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