5 brown paper gift wrapping ideas

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Posted On November 16, 2015 / Posted In Wrap it Up / Tagged gift wrapping, wrap it up, brown paper

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.

Christmas gift wrapping using brown kraft paper

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.

brown paper gift wrapping idea using washi tape

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.

Use floral prints to add a pop of colour to brown paper packages

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.

Get inspired by these creative ways to gift wrap with brown paper.

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. 

5 creative ways to gift wrap brown paper packages

bunting gift wrapping idea

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. 

Christmas gift tags and gift wrapping ideas

So, there you go. A tiny bit of inspiration to create your own gift wrapping magic with brown paper!


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Sarita Rajiv is a writer, gifting specialist and founder of The Orange Gift Bag. She’s on a mission to uncover the ‘best gifts after love’. When she isn’t dreaming up unique gift ideas, she writes for The Copenhagen Post and The National Geographic Traveller India among others.

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Bipin Doshi

20/11/2015 at 07:46

Absolutely lovely. I specially like the idea of using brown twine. Very warm and classy.


The orange gift bag

20/11/2015 at 10:23

True that Bipin. This is the kind of stuff that never goes out of style:-)