DIY Brown Paper Bag Gift Wrap

This holiday season, it's easy to get discouraged by overpriced presents, and sometimes, after buying those overpriced presents, the department store you bought it from, charges extra for gift wrapping. And I'm sure you'd do it yourself, if you were any good at it.

Well put down the generic wrapping paper, and gift boxes. As I wrap my godchild's Christmas present, I'm going to show you in four easy steps, how to make super cool and attractive wrapping paper out of a brown paper bag. It may seem boring to the untrained eye, but brown paper bags make a cheap alternative to traditional wrapping paper that allows you to add character and pizzazz to your gift wrapping this holiday season. The best part? It's completely recycled and will save you money!

Step One:

Insert present into brown paper bag

Insert present into brown paper bag

Step Two:

Fold edges inwards. 

Fold edges inwards. 

Step Three:

Hold edges together with glue dots. I orginally tried to use tape, but it didn't hold. Glue dots are cleaner and easier to use because your hands won't get sticky and it doesn't leave any residue.

Hold edges together with glue dots. I orginally tried to use tape, but it didn't hold. Glue dots are cleaner and easier to use because your hands won't get sticky and it doesn't leave any residue.

tep Four:

f using ribbon to decorate your present, measure your ribbon so that it fits nice and tight around the present before cutting. Use the glue dots to hold it in place along the length of the gift. When you get to the edge, whether your edge is on the long or the short, fold the edges of your ribbon inward and hold it together with your glue dots. (Since I was using medium sized glue dots, to save glue dots, I ripped them apart to make smaller dots)

f using ribbon to decorate your present, measure your ribbon so that it fits nice and tight around the present before cutting. Use the glue dots to hold it in place along the length of the gift. When you get to the edge, whether your edge is on the long or the short, fold the edges of your ribbon inward and hold it together with your glue dots. (Since I was using medium sized glue dots, to save glue dots, I ripped them apart to make smaller dots)

And you're done! It really is that simple! You can get fanicer and use any kind of ribbon you want, you can write or draw on your brown paper as well. Get creative! And are you stumped for a gift tag? Tomorrow, I will show you how to make a super cute gift tag out of buttons and scrapbooking paper!


Until then,

XoX

Olivia