By Sarita Rajiv
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things.
I’ve been humming this song from The Sound of Music all weekend and it got me itching to make some brown paper packages of my own. Who would’ve thought a song and a cold, gloomy day in Copenhagen could inspire me to create a bit of gift wrapping goodness too!
There’s something classic and wholesome about Christmas gifts wrapped in brown paper that I find comforting. Brown paper packages make the romantic, traditionalist in me happy.
Here are five different ways to use brown paper as Christmas gift wrapping paper. Like with most of my gift wrapping ideas, they’re easy and quick to do.
Washi tape gift wrap: Layer different kinds of washi tape to create a pattern - make a stack of gifts or even a Christmas tree.
Floral panel gift wrap: Add a pop of colour to your brown paper gift wrap by sticking a floral print on top. I cut this picture of flowers from an old magazine and love how it instantly livens up the gift.
Bow gift topper: Top your brown gift wrap with a set of glittering and colourful bows in any shape you like. I made mine to look like a Christmas tree with these ready bows from Søstrene Grene.
Bunting gift wrap: Use another classic combination to add contrast to the brown paper. I made a simple bunting using black and white gift tags looped in brown twine.
Gift tag wrap: This last gift wrapping idea is fairly simple. Let the gift tag be the highlight of your brown paper package. A friend of mine gave me these adorable ‘little girl’ gift tags that go really well with my brown paper wrap.
So, there you go. A tiny bit of inspiration to create your own gift wrapping magic with brown paper!
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