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This is surprisingly easy and perfect for a recipient who’s on the outdoorsy side. Just take some rough twine or rope–this is hemp twine–and wrap it around your box a few times and tie it, then slip in a few pieces of greenery. These were clipped from my tree a week ago and still look good.

brown paper, twine, and tree clippings

A couple notes in case you missed the last few posts:

  • I buy my paper from Home Depot–a huge roll is only $10 in the paint aisle. You can also buy it in smaller, more expensive quantities at craft stores or with the shipping materials in grocery or drug stores or you could even cut up paper grocery bags if you’re a total Martha.
  • This year I’m using free printable gift tags from here on all my packaging. I just printed them out on cardstock, cut them out, and punched a hole in each. Voila!
  • This particular type of brown paper does well with tape as long as I run my nail across it to create a good seal, but if tape just won’t stick to your paper try using hot glue instead.

PS: Click here to read all my posts about gift wrap (this one will be at the top but just scroll down to see them all)

I’m breaking away from my typical approach of embellishing gifts with ribbon or string of some sort to share a different idea: decorative tape. I posted last month about this simple technique for making your own washi tape. For this book-loving friend I just applied a piece of double sided tape to an old book page (I use the same old reader’s digest for all these projects so don’t freak out at me about destroying a book), then cut it out and used it to adhere the tag. You could do something similar with any type of paper–tissue paper, notebook paper, wrapping paper, sheet music, maps, even ribbon!

brown paper and DIY book page washi tape

And if you’re looking to get your craft on this weekend, my friend Cassie shared with me this cute idea for making your own tags. She used markers to trace flowers onto vintage dress patterns (you could use any thin paper), then cut them out and decoupaged them to brown kraft paper that she’d cut into tags. A hole punched in the corner makes them easy to attach to any gift bag or package.

diy gift tags (570x254)

Cute, right? You could churn out a bunch in one crafting session and BAM, personal touch on every gift. If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby you could get a similar look with less effort by cutting up some of their seasonally-decorated paper bags

A couple notes in case you missed the last few posts:

  • I buy my paper from Home Depot–a huge roll is only $10 in the paint aisle. You can also buy it in smaller, more expensive quantities at craft stores or with the shipping materials in grocery or drug stores or you could even cut up paper grocery bags if you’re a total Martha.
  • This year I’m using free printable gift tags from here on all my packaging. I just printed them out on cardstock, cut them out, and punched a hole in each. Voila!
  • This particular type of brown paper does well with tape as long as I run my nail across it to create a good seal, but if tape just won’t stick to your paper try using hot glue instead.

PS: Click here to read all my posts about gift wrap (this one will be at the top but just scroll down to see them all)

This used to be my go-to move, but ribbon gets expensive and tying the perfect bow is time consuming so I only use it sparingly now. Impractical as it is, I still love the look of plain brown paper with a fancy ribbon and bow, especially if I’m looking to lend a girly touch. I used a spare piece of baker’s twine to attach the tag onto the ribbon.

brown paper and ribbon

If you’re not confident in your ribbon skills you can find tons of tips and and techniques on google and pinterest–here’s a pretty straightforward tutorial for a simple bow!

A couple notes in case you missed the last few posts:

  • I buy my paper from Home Depot–a huge roll is only $10 in the paint aisle. You can also buy it in smaller, more expensive quantities at craft stores or with the shipping materials in grocery or drug stores or you could even cut up paper grocery bags if you’re a total Martha.
  • This year I’m using free printable gift tags from here on all my packaging. I just printed them out on cardstock, cut them out, and punched a hole in each. Voila!
  • This particular type of brown paper does well with tape as long as I run my nail across it to create a good seal, but if tape just won’t stick to your paper try using hot glue instead.

PS: Click here to read all my posts about gift wrap (this one will be at the top but just scroll down to see them all)

Today’s gift wrap idea is a small variation on yesterday’s brown paper and string. In this case I used some pretty baker’s twine and a simple white button. I hoard crap like this all year long in the hopes that I can find some use for it. In this case the baker’s twine came as a freebie with something I ordered from Etsy and the button came from the mason jar in my laundry room where I put all those extra buttons that occasionally come with new clothes.

brown paper, baker's twine, and a button

I wrapped my twine around the gift leaving a tail to tie into a bow, slipped one of the tails through the hole in the tag, then used a needle to pull it back and forth through the buttonholes twice before pulling it back through the hole in the tag again. Then I just tied the two tails into a bow and the tag laid nice and flat on the gift with the button securing it. If you think that sounds confusing trust me when I say that it’s much easier in practice than it is to explain. The button idea was inspired by the recipient of this particular gift–she has a huge collection of vintage buttons that she crafts into beautiful and unique jewelry.

A couple notes in case you missed yesterday’s post:

  • I buy my paper from Home Depot–a huge roll is only $10 in the paint aisle. You can also buy it in smaller, more expensive quantities at craft stores or with the shipping materials in grocery or drug stores or you could even cut up paper grocery bags if you’re a total Martha.
  • This year I’m using free printable gift tags from here on all my packaging. I just printed them out on cardstock, cut them out, and punched a hole in each. Voila!
  • This particular type of brown paper does well with tape as long as I run my nail across it to create a good seal, but if tape just won’t stick to your paper try using hot glue instead.

PS: Click here to read all my posts about gift wrap (this one will be at the top but just scroll down to see them all)