If you like to get creative with your gift wrapping, it is good to start with a neutral base. A great way to do that is to first wrap your gifts in either Kraft paper or use lunch bags for small gifts. Both of these are very inexpensive and give you a nice neutral and rustic palette to begin with.
You can find large rolls of Kraft paper at any craft, office or shipping supply store. It is typically used for packing boxes and can be found by the postage supplies. Using Kraft paper has an extra bonus of being thicker than most gift wraps.
I will show you how I decorated a couple of packages real quick and easy and then I will show you some more ideas that I found around the web.
Gift bags are always an easy way to wrap and it was no different with this idea using a lunch bag:
My gift was small so I first placed the gift inside and then added some crinkled up tissue paper over the top to add a little substance and poof to the bag. Now I needed to add some decorative filler. I seem to have so much evergreen garland leftover at my house that I thought it would be a good idea to have a cutting of that spilling out from the top of the bag. I inserted the garland clipping and then tied the bag off with some twine, holding in the evergreens, and folded the top over and out a little bit. To add a little bit more interest, I took a clipping off an old wreath that I have been recycling and inserted that among the garland. Finally, I tied a white glittery bow around the top for some sparkle and called it good!
I think that Kraft paper and raffia just naturally go well together. So, to start, I simply tied several strands of raffia around the package then I started playing around with my supplies! I first cut a small bunch of my birch twigs to be about three inches long and painted them white. When they were dry I just wrapped them together with some twine and inserted a berry pick from my old wreath. I glued this to the middle of the package and inserted some longer birch twigs that were unpainted underneath the raffia for some contrast. That’s it – so simple!
Another idea, besides lunch bags and Kraft paper, is to use grocery bags as gift wrap. Here are some creative ideas that I found:
Here are several fun ideas by Mr. Kate using paper bags as gift wrap.
This is a fun way to count down the days of Christmas. These bags by Beth Proud Foot use lunch bags in a festive way.
I love the warm look of this bag! Of course the label tells me that it is yummy too! This is a great lunch bag use by The Kitchn.
You get a real unique look when you add a little stitching to a paper bag. This nicely finished look by Living Locurto can be stitched up in no time.
These gift wrapping ideas can come in real handy in a pinch too. If you need to wrap something fast, just grab a paper bag, add some embellishments and you have a package that looks well though out!
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