I love a beautifully wrapped package and save almost every ribbon I receive, but lately I am drawn to simpler things. Wrapping a beautiful package can be as easy as using supplies you already have or can find at the hardware or office supply store. I always keep a roll of kraft paper on hand for multiple uses. It comes in handy when wrapping of almost any size. The paper comes in a large roll and costs only a few dollars. Next time you’re at the hardware store, check out the aisle where they have rope and twine. There are so many fun options, and for about $15 you could buy one of each and have a lifetime supply!
Sometimes simple is better . . .
For this one I wrapped packages in brown postal kraft wrap and then used a Sharpie paint pen to draw a jar on the front. I always use jars for flowers, so it made perfect sense to draw a jar, but I thought drawing of a vase would be fun too. Use simple jute or cotton twine or string to tie a flower, branch or cutting in place. You can make the gift wrap ahead or just before giving the gift. Just clip a flower or bud from your garden and you’re all set! Even a sprig of parsley would work.
A Sharpie, kraft paper, twine, and a stem or two of flowers makes a charming gift!
A simple flower on kraft paper
Use a stencil from Stencil Revolution & neon twine
Using stencils is another easy way to add character to a gift wrapped in kraft paper. You could repeat the pattern if the gift is large– this one fit the box perfectly. Adding neon twine was just the punch of color it needed.
White butcher paper from Costco and neon twine
We painted watercolor stripes on white butcher paper from Costco and then used neon twine to tie it up for a springtime look.
Use Engineer Prints from Staples
Using Engineer Prints or Blueprints from Staples has been a favorite since I first discovered them. Now you can even do color Engineer prints that turn out beautifully! Check out my post here and also this post for more ideas.
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