DIY To Try – Paper Bag Gift Wrap

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“Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings”…these definitely are a few of my favorite things!  And a great way to describe my gift wrapping style this Christmas!  Today I will show you how to gift wrap your presents, with items you already have in your home! Mainly, brown paper shopping bags!  It is inexpensive and a great way to “go green”!

Ok so this isn’t the first time I used brown paper bags in my Christmas decor, I cut paper strips and used them as garland for my tree, as you can see here.  That combined with the gift wrapping really gave a unified look around the tree!

I already had all of the items I used to wrap my Christmas presents!  These included the bags, twine, markers, sprigs of evergreens, and candy canes!

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First you will need to cut your paper bags so that they lay flat by cutting the bottom part out.  Don’t forget to cut off the handles!

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Then just wrap the present as you normally would, and tie some twine or string around the gift to give it that rustic and natural look.  I also added a sprig of evergreen and berries to this one.

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I made gift tags with the brown paper bags too!  I cut a small square out of what was left from the bag (the bottom part) and drew a reindeer with markers.  I then hole punched the paper and tied it to the present.

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I wrapped another gift with the brown paper bags, and Washi tape!  The tape makes for easy decoration, and is a perfect substitute for ribbon!  I finished off the gift with another handmade tag and and a sprig of evergreen!

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Another option is to use a Whole Foods bag!  These winter shopping bags come with a snowflake pattern already printed on them!  And you don’t need a gift tag, as there is already a “To” and “From” section!

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These bags are great for smaller gifts.  My gift fit perfectly with the snowflakes on the front, and the labels on the side and back!  I finished the look with some candy canes, evergreens and a twine bow!

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Lastly, if you like the look of printed wrapping paper but don’t have any Whole Foods bags handy, just make your own!  For this last present I used a regular plain brown paper bag, and drew a reindeer on the front!  I then finished the gift by hot gluing a twine bow on the reindeer’s neck!  You can really draw anything you want as long as you have some black markers handy!  Maybe some Christmas trees, a snowman, snowflakes, or reindeer, the possibilities are endless!

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I really love the look of the group of gifts together!  They have a rustic, natural element but still have a wintry Christmas feel!  And I just used what I had around the apartment!

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So try “going green” this Christmas, and maybe throw in a little red too!  You will love how it all comes together!

Happy Wrapping!

Comments

  1. ms c says

    I just love this idea. The reindeer are so cute , you have made me a fan this year. I can not wait to have gifts under the tree that look like yours.

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