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
Starting at the back, bring the ribbon around the front, cross over and wrap back down the sides and tie on the bottom.
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!
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
Wrap one piece of green satin ribbon, vertically around the box and affix with tape.
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.
Lastly, attach a snowflake at the top of the tree with glue from a glue gun.
Voila!!! Another gorgeous package!
Look #3 – The Woodland
For this one, you will need:
- green satin ribbon
- 1 large snowflake
- 3 small snowflake
- Assorted greenery
- Tape, glue gun and scissors
Take five lengths of twine that reach all the way around the present horizontally and affix with tape.
They should be one inch apart.
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”.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Glue a snowflake to the top of the tree.
How pretty is this winter wonderland scene?
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
- DecoArt Metallics Festive Green
- pre-wrapped present in brown wrapping paper
- scissors and tape
Wrap the gift with the fancy ribbon and secure on the back with tape.
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.
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.
The Finished Product
How is this for creative and beautiful all at once?
Each present is unique! You could vary things here and there and make every present different.
Here are some closer looks.
And here they are getting ready to be delivered!
Let me know what brown paper wrapping style was your favorite?
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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.
Embellisments for brown wrapping paper gifts
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Did you happen to see my latest post for the most darling yet easy to make snowflake cookies? If not, here is a link.
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.