This year, I thought it would be fun to bring my artsy ways to my gift wrapping. Rather than relying on the paper to do all the work, I chose brown wrapping paper and added beautiful embellishments. It allowed me to play with twine, various ribbon, a simple wreath, wood cutouts, evergreens and paint. It was so much fun and I encourage you to give it a try.

Look #1 – Simple Elegance

For this look, you will need:

  • a pre-wrapped gift in brown paper wrapping
  • chiffon, frayed ribbon (mine is 2 inches wide)
  • a large snowflake
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics “Festive Green”
  • Scissors, paint brush and glue gun
Accessorizing brown paper wrapping with a snowflake
Step 1

Starting at the back, bring the ribbon around the front, cross over and wrap back down the sides and tie on the bottom.

Step 2

Paint the snowflake with Festive Green metallic paint. Let dry.

Glue down in the center.

I would have to say that is easier than trying to tie one of those elaborate bows. It is so pretty, simple and elegant.

Bonus: the gift receiver can use the snowflake as an ornament!

Accessorizing brown paper wrapping with a chiffon ribbon
Accessorizing brown paper wrapping with a chiffon ribbon and a snowflake

Look #2 – The Tree

For this one you will need:

  • a pre-wrapped gift in brown wrapping paper
  • green satin ribbon (mine is 1 inch wide)
  • small wooden snowflake
  • Tape and scissors
Step 1

Wrap one piece of green satin ribbon, vertically around the box and affix with tape.

Step 2

About 2 inches down from the top, tuck the end of the ribbon underneath the vertical ribbon and affix with tape.

On a diagonal, loop the ribbon down about an inch, attach on the backside with tape. Then loop over to the right about 2 inches, affix the back side with tape, and then loop over to the left.

Each time get slightly more outward from the step than the one before.

When complete, draw the final ribbon across the bottom, not on an angle, but horizontally and affix the end with tape on the back. Cut a V in to the ribbon.

Green ribbon tree on brown wrapping paper
Green satin ribbon to form tree on brown wrapping paper
Green ribbon tree on brown wrapping paper

Lastly, attach a snowflake at the top of the tree with glue from a glue gun.

Green ribbon tree with wooden snowflake as a topper on brown wrapping paper

Voila!!! Another gorgeous package!

Look #3 – The Woodland

For this one, you will need:

  • green satin ribbon
  • twine
  • 1 large snowflake
  • 3 small snowflake
  • Assorted greenery
  • Tape, glue gun and scissors

Green satin ribbon, twine, snowflakes and evergreens on brown wrapping paper
Step 1

Take five lengths of twine that reach all the way around the present horizontally and affix with tape.

They should be one inch apart.

Step 2

Take three lengths of green satin ribbon that reach all the way around. Start 2 inches in from the left and weave above and under vertically through the twine. Affix with tape on the back.

Repeat with the two other lengths of green ribbon. Eyeball how far you want them apart. Mine are 1/3 of an inch apart.

IMPORTANT – You can leave it just like this. My 25 year old son, preferred the middle image, so consider who the gift is going to. Do they like lots of detail or are they a type of “less is more person”.

Step 3

If you wish to add more, attach three pieces evergree with hot glue in the top left corner.

Attach the largest snowflake, where the pieces of evergreen intersect.

Scatter the smaller snowflakes around the package and glue with hot glue.

Five rows of twine on brown wrapping paper
Five rows of twine and three rows of green satin ribbon on brown wrapping paper
Five rows of twine, three rows of green satin ribbon, four snowflakes and pieces of evergreen on brown

Look #4 – Reindeer taking flight

For this look, you will need:

  • pre-wrapped gift in brown wrapping paper
  • brown twine
  • green twine
  • 2 wood reindeer
  • 1 wood snowflake
  • Scissor, glue gun, tape

Brown and green twine, wooden reindeer and snowflake for decorating brown wrapping paper
Step 1

Measure out two times the amount of twine that will loop around the present horizontally.

Pull one end of the twine through the hole in the front of the reindeers legs and loop around to the back and around the box and then pull the twine through the rear of the reindeer and loop around to the back of the box. Tie to hold securely.

Repeat for the second reindeer.

Position the reindeer and slightly spread the twin for interest.

Step 2

Gather 7 pieces of green twine that will reach from the top of the front of the box, down to the bottom of the front of the box. If you like you can add extra and wrap it around to the bottom of the side of the box like I did.

Gather all seven pieces together, and tie a piece around the top. Place a dap of glue and secure to the top of the front of the box on the left hand side.

Brown and green twine, wooden reindeer and snowflake for decorating brown wrapping paper
Brown and green twine, wooden reindeer and snowflake for decorating brown wrapping paper

Spread the pieces of twine down, to form a tree form or a long triangle. Place small dabs of glue at the bottom of the package and affix each piece of green twine.

Optional step: Wrap the twine around the side of the box. Tie the end of the twine, just as you did the top of the tree and affix with a dab of glue on the bottom of the box. This gives a nice side feature to the gift.

Step 3

Glue a snowflake to the top of the tree.

How pretty is this winter wonderland scene?

Green twine shaped into a tree on brown wrapping paper
Green twine shaped into a tree on brown wrapping paper

Look #5 – The Wreath

This one is my favorite! For this one you will need:

  • Wide fancy ribbon (mine is 5 inches wide)
  • Simple berry wreath or garland that you roll up
  • wooden reindeer
  • twine
  • DecoArt Metallics Festive Green
  • pre-wrapped present in brown wrapping paper
  • scissors and tape

Fancy netted ribbon, white berry wreath, twine and reindeer as accessories on brown wrapping paper
Step 1

Wrap the gift with the fancy ribbon and secure on the back with tape.

Step 2

Place the wreath on top, centered in all directions.

Take a piece of twine, loop it under the wreath and pull right back over top. Loop under the present and then secure the other side of the wreath, pulling tight.

Repeat so that there are four strands of twine on either side.

Tie underneath or tape.

Step 3

Optional: Paint the deer in Festive Green. I did this to match the green ribbon I had on other gifts and to tie the whole theme together. You don’t need to do this – you could paint it another color or leave natural.

Attach the reindeer with dabs of glue to the wreath. Hold securely and then let dry.

Fancy netted ribbon, white berry wreath, twine and reindeer as accessories on brown wrapping paper
Fancy netted ribbon, white berry wreath, twine and reindeer as accessories on brown wrapping paper
Fancy netted ribbon, white berry wreath, twine and reindeer as accessories on brown wrapping paper

The Finished Product

How is this for creative and beautiful all at once?

Five pretty ways to wrap with brown wrapping paper

Each present is unique! You could vary things here and there and make every present different.

Five pretty ways to wrap with brown wrapping paper

Here are some closer looks.

Two of the five pretty ways to wrap with brown wrapping paper.  These feature a snowflake on chiffon ribbon cross and two wooden reindeer and a green yarn tree.

And here they are getting ready to be delivered!

Five pretty ways to wrap with brown wrapping paper - packages shown in old wooden sleigh in snow overlooking lake

Let me know what brown paper wrapping style was your favorite?

As always, thank you so much for supporting my blogging endeavours! I do appreciate each and every one of you who opens my emails, reads the blogs and leaves comments – any or all of those!

Coming up, I am joining with a large group of bloggers to share all of our wrapping ideas. That will happen on Saturday, December 10th. I hope you will come and check them out.

Did you happen to see my latest post for the most darling yet easy to make snowflake cookies? If not, here is a link.

Glazed snowflake cookies on a crystal platter

Also, if you are looking for some gift ideas, be sure to check out my gift guides! I update them routinely so come back and check them out. I am going to be coming out with some great last minute stocking stuffer ideas.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Traveler

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25 Comments
  • Cindy
    December 8, 2022

    Crystal, your gift wrap ideas are spectacular! Very artsy and boy, I’d have a hard time ripping it all off to get into the package, lol! I think I like the ribbon tree the best, it’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talents, so fun to hop with you twice this week! Merry Christmas xx

    • Crystal
      December 8, 2022

      Thanks so much Cindy! What a wonderful comment to receive – I truly appreciate it. And yes, so fun to hop along with you! Merry Christmas to you too!

  • rose
    December 9, 2022

    OH my GOSH Crystal!! These are so adorable!!!! I Love your ideas! That reindeer package is just amazing!!!

    • Crystal
      December 9, 2022

      Thanks so very much Rose! They were fun to create! So happy to be on this wrapping share with you!

  • Missy Noonan
    December 9, 2022

    Clever girl! You managed to make brown paper look so elegant and sophisticated. I love them all butt especially adore the green ribbon tree topper and the reindeer in flight! Truly beautiful, Crystal!

    • Crystal
      December 9, 2022

      Awww thanks so much Missy! Finally a project I was really happy with the results. To happy to be on this wrapping share with you!

  • Wendy McMonigle
    December 9, 2022

    Crystal, your packages are just gorgeous. We both love kraft paper, green ribbon, and Christmas trees. Great minds think alike.

    • Vickie
      December 9, 2022

      Your gift wrapping is absolutely beautiful.

      • Crystal
        December 9, 2022

        Thank you so very much Vickie!!! I appreciate your lovely comment.

    • Crystal
      December 9, 2022

      Hahaha they sure do! Thank you so much! They were so fun to make!

  • Nicolle
    December 10, 2022

    So beautiful Crystal! I love to wrap with kraft paper or brown paper too and all of these embellishments really elevate it! I think my favorite is the reindeer, so cute!

    • Crystal
      December 13, 2022

      Thanks so very much Nicolle! I like the reindeer as well as it looks like they are flying. So happy to be on this share with you!

  • laura
    December 10, 2022

    HI Crystal
    OMG these packages are beautiful. Love them all! The green is striking!

    xo laura in Colorado

    • Crystal
      December 13, 2022

      Thank you very much Laura! I am in love with this shade of green this year!

  • Regina Jenkins
    December 10, 2022

    Crystal – Ok girl, these are stunning. I love the details of each one. I think my favorite is the reindeers in flight. So clever and elegant.

  • Rachel Harper
    December 11, 2022

    Crystal,
    Wow, just when I thought I knew which one was my favorite, I found another favorite. These are all so creative and I’m pinning each one. Thanks for sharing your talents.

    • Crystal
      December 13, 2022

      Awww Rachel – thank you very much! I learned so much from your wrapping post as well! You are amazingly creative!

  • Kylie
    December 13, 2022

    I love these amazing ideas! The ribbon tree and woven ribbon are my favorite!

    • Crystal
      December 13, 2022

      Thanks so much Kylie!!!

  • Kristy Mastrandonas
    December 14, 2022

    Wow, wa-wow, wow, wow! I absolutely love all of your beautiful gift wrapping ideas, Crystal! I love the creativity and uniqueness of each one, and how they all coordinate so beautifully together! It’s hard to pick a favorite because they’re all so spectacular! Your Christmas tree and all of the wrapped presents are such a special visual treat!

    • Crystal
      December 14, 2022

      Awww thanks so much Kristy! Your comment means so very much to me! I really appreciate it.

  • Donna
    December 15, 2022

    Hi Crystal! So excited to tell you this post will be featured at The Fabulous Friday Link party tomorrow! Thanks for joining us, and I hope to see you at the party this week!

    • Crystal
      December 17, 2022

      Thank you so very much!!! Wow I am thrilled!

  • Diane
    December 15, 2022

    Crystal, these are the perfect, absolutely perfect packages! I am in love with each one of them. And your how-to’s are so well done. Thanks so much for sharing at Fabulous Friday and with all of us. Thrilled to be featuring you this week,

    • Crystal
      December 17, 2022

      Thank you so very much! What an honour! I am so grateful