For years I’ve loved the simple goodness of kraft paper packages and have used it to wrap holiday presents as well as birthday gifts and other goodies over the years. This holiday I’ve decided to experiment with some interesting ways to make my simple packages snazzy and festive with a handmade touch. With just a few supplies from your craft stash you can try these ideas to create customized gift wrap and one-of-a-kind gift bags to place under the tree.
Gather Your Supplies:
Kraft gift wrap and/or bags (I bought this from Amazon – it’s a bit thinner than I would have preferred, but a great price and free shipping with Prime)
Ink (black Sumi ink, white ink from Dr. Ph Martin’s)
Paint brush (no. 2 and no. 8 round)
Chalk marker (Bistro Chalk Marker)
Scrapbook supplies (me and my BIG ideas ™ patterned papers and stickers
- Frame & Craft Elements – Big City Brights (gold foil stripe paper)
- Soft Spoken™ stickers – Making Spirits Bright
- mambiSTICKS™ – Gold, Black and White Borders
Circle punch – EK Success
Decorative tapes – Heidi Swapp
May Arts ribbon, greenery (boxwood sprigs), other package accents
Tape and scissors
Packages 1 and 2
Use ink and brush to letter favorite holiday song lyrics, verses or seasonal sayings on brown paper. This is a great neutral background for tying on pretty bows, adding on pops of color with stickers or popping in some greenery. I like using ink best because it flows smoother than paint but you can try either.
I keep kraft gift bags on hand at all times. A chalk marker works wonderfully to pen “Jingle Bells” on the front of the bag. Try this with some other colors of markers and perhaps highlight specific words within the text design for a colorful effect.
Kraft paper is old school but make it sparkle under the tree with a few touches of gold foil and glitter. I used foil stickers, strips and scrapbook paper (me and my BIG ideas™) with a glittered letter (Sugar Paper®) tied on.
Glittered paper and decorative tapes are a quick and fabulous way to add fun dotted accents to a wrapped package. Add a handmade tag with a similar circular elements for the perfect finishing touch. Take advantage of pre-made glittered stickers and package add-ons rather than making a glittery mess.
- Create hand-lettered gift wrap with Christmas songs or Bible verses
- Use your circle punch to add dots to a simple kraft package
- Create a snazzy gift tag with scrapbook stickers
- Add color with ribbons, stickers and greenery
Hope you have a lot of fun dreaming up creative ideas to make your holiday packages super festive!