Today I’m going to show you 15 Christmas gift wrapping ideas using brown paper. Using brown paper for all your gifts saves time, money and racing out to buy wrapping paper & it can be used for any occasion with just a few little tweaks.
15 Christmas gift wrapping ideas using brown paper
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas but as a mum, there is so very much to do.
Buy the presents, wrap the presents, organise the food for the day and all the celebrations in the lead up, get the house sorted for the holidays, decorations, make arrangements for going away…. oh the list goes on.
If there is a way or two that I can simplify the whole process and make more time for the fun stuff, I’m going to find it and take it.
One of those ways is using brown paper or craft paper for wrapping gifts.
I love it because:
- I won’t run out of Christmas wrapping and having to battle the crowds at the last minute.
- I wont be left with Christmas wrapping after Christmas. I’m not one to use the same wrapping theme two years running so this is a no no for me. Yes I theme my wrapping each year.
- It’s recyclable (make sure you get uncoated) and reasonably inexpensive compared to regular Christmas wrapping.
I use brown paper for wrapping gifts for all occasions and then just dress it up to suit the occasion.
I’ve put together 15 brown paper wrapping ideas for Christmas gift wrapping ideas to give you some extra inspiration.
There are some very creative people out there!
Christmas gift wrapping ideas using brown paper
1 – Brown paper wrapping with stencils
This one would take a bit of patience but if you didn’t have too many presents to wrap how beautiful is it? (image source)
2 – Rudolph faces on brown paper
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. On paper. With fluffy noses – does it get more adorable? This would be a great little activity with the kids. (image source)
3 – Black and white photos
This one uses pretty winter photos to decorate but if you want to be really clever, you could print a black and white photo of the gift recipient and use that instead of a card. (image source).
4 – A touch of nature on brown paper
I can’t go past leaves and white tags. So pretty! (image source)
6 Brown paper with white painting
I must have a thing for white paint on brown paper but I just love how beautiful and simple it looks.
You wouldn’t have to have any artistic skills for splashing a bit of paint on it and it looks so festive.
You could just line up all the presents, throw some paint at them, leave them to dry and voila… original artwork-wrapped gifts. (image source)
6 – Leaves + brown paper + string
This idea with brown paper is simple and beautiful. You could mix it up with some white paper and black paper like they have here (they’d be just as useful after Christmas. (image source)
7 – Drawn on bow (instead of ribbon) on your brown paper wrapped Christmas gifts
Forget the ribbon? Draw the bow on your brown paper wrapped gift.
I think even with my lack of artistic skills I could manage this one. You could even draw on the tag. (image source)
8 – Paper straw star
Paper straw stars wouldn’t be for the impatient but for a one-off special Christmas gift it’s pretty adorable. (image source)
9 – Paper Christmas lights on string
This idea for decorating brown paper wrapped Christmas gifts is so pretty, so festive and you could make them any colour you like.
It would take a bit of patience but the effect is gorgeous! (image source)
10 – Black, white and brown paper
One year, my #giftgoal is to have an assortment of slightly different but still gorgeously-matching gifts like these under my tree.
Maybe one of the boys will share my love of gift wrapping and give me a hand? (image source)
11 – Rosemary decoration
I’m still tempted to embellish this year’s gifts with a sprig of rosemary like this.
It would be a good use of my overgrown rosemary bush and add a nice scent to the present collection. (image source)
12 – Fingerprint Christmas lights
Another one you could get the kids in on – finger prints and sharpie-drawn ‘string’.
Again this one might take a bit of patience but it would also be a cute idea for homemade cards or tags. (image source).
13 – A touch of fluro
This one instantly reminds me of one of my besties.
I can see them under her tree. I think I could manage the triangle + line drawing and smudge of paint – this might just be next year’s creation.
I’d better get the boys going with pompom making now so we’re ready. (image source)
14 – Hand-lettered gift tags
Oops stars again (wrong pic!). Clearly I can’t count. Forgive me! Here’s what it’s meant to be – free printable hand-lettered gift tags.
15 – Christmas bauble gift tags
I think there’s a free printable that comes with these so all you need to do is print a stack and then set yourself up with a Christmas moving, cut them all out and you’re done. (image source).
So there you go… 15 Christmas gift wrapping ideas using brown paper or craft paper.
Ok 14 ideas. Sorry about that!
What about you?
Are your presents wrapped and ready?
Do you theme the wrapping?
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