What you’ll need:
• Kraft paper
• Ink pad
• Marker (optional)
There are a few reasons why I’m in love with this DIY Christmas wrapping. The biggest reasons I’m in love are: 1) it’s simplistic and classic and 2) it’s thrifty and reusable.
This year’s Christmas gift wrapping was actually inspired by my high school teachers. In high school we were always required to cover our textbooks – either with the soft, stretchy textbook covers from the store or with a brown paper bag. Obviously, the brown paper bag option was the cheapest; it was free! And although I didn’t think so at the time, the brown paper bag look is actually so cute. So why not wrap some presents in it?
Brown paper bags are a great alternative to just using Kraft paper for your gift wrapping, because they’re typically free of charge at your local grocery store and in order to use them, you only need to nicely unpeel the bottom part of the bag and get wrapping (putting the logo on the front of the bag on the inside of your wrapping if there is one)! Of course, this has it’s limits. Your present would have to be smaller than a grocery bag. For the larger items, there is still Kraft paper!
In keeping with the inexpensive, college-girl-on-a-budget theme, I picked up my plaid ribbon, twine, ink pad and stamp from the dollar section of Target. Otherwise, I usually get my ribbon from Michael’s but anywhere and any ribbon you like will do! I personally think the plaid and brown paper together give these presents a perfect shabby chic look, though.
My favorite (and what I would consider the most personal) touch to this gift wrapping idea is the initial stamped “gift tag”. For this gift, I actually initially (no pun intended) thought I had messed up, not evenly applying the ink to my stamp, but it turns out that I actually prefer the homey, rustic look that the unclean stamp gives this gift in comparison to the others that turned out with clean lines. If your stamp turns out looking a little too rustic, though, don’t fear! You can take any matching colored marker (in this case black was easy to find) and just lightly fill in some of the blank spaces that you missed.
This gift tag overhaul may not seem like an inexpensive fix, because you have to buy one stamp for every person you buy a gift for, and that could be a lot of people, but most people buy for the same people year after year. For example, I could spend $4 on a stamp for my mom, brother, dad and Tyler, but I get to reuse these stamps for as long as I please. I mean, a stamp never really goes bad, you know?
Throw a simple bow over your stamped brown paper wrapping before tying a piece of twine in the center of your bow and then you’re done! It will only take you a few minutes (and dollars) to do, and you’ll have a traditional, simplistic gift wrapping that will never go out of style.
What do you think of this shabby chic DIY Christmas gift wrapping? Do you have a wrapping paper theme every year? I want to hear about it in the comments below.