Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas, Part 1: Kraft Paper

 The holiday season is just around the corner!  It’s the time of year so many of us wait for!

Ok, I do agree, it is still a little early, but I’m going to sneak in a few things…just because I want to…why not?  😉  So I’m going to start with festive wrapping!  (You could use the ideas for Thanksgiving hostess gifts too…just switch up the colours…)

For me, wrapping seems to be the last thing I prepare for, and I’m usually scrambling around last minute wrapping gifts with rolls I find in our basement from Christmases past…oops.  And ironically I find gift wrapping one of the most pretty parts of the holiday season.  I am drawn to pretty packaging, pretty paper and the detail that goes into wrapping gifts!

I thought this year I’d get my act together and get a jumpstart putting some ideas together!  So I’m going to do a series of different types of wrapping.  Everything from the simple & beautiful use of kraft paper to the sparkle & shine of glitter.  So the first set in this series is the use of kraft paper!

I’ve always loved the rustic simplicity of kraft paper.  And I think it looks most beautiful with the traditional holiday colours of red, green, white, silver and gold.  So I attacked my existing stash of craft and scrapbook supplies, and got to work!  You can have big impact with stuff you already have around your home – we always have more than we think!  With that in mind, I didn’t spend a cent on this set of wrapping.  I just used what I already had, and this is what I came up with!

Simple.  Rustic.  Festive.  Pretty!

Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Kraft Paper

(Starting in the upper left corner…)

1.  Wrap on some red ribbon and add a few painted pine cones.  Just simple & earthy.

2.  Using bakers twine, string on some gold & silver bells, and wrap it up!

3.  Red velvet ribbon looks so pretty on neutral paper.  Embellish with some winter inspired pieces!

4.  I love the bakers twine with the white pom pom ribbon!  Add a key label tag…so cute!

5.  Silver bells and sequins are so great for the holidays!  And perfect for wrapping!

6.  Silver glitter ribbon and a red & white ribbon together make a classy, simple statement.

7.  This pretty reindeer ribbon just seems to inspire thoughts of Christmas in the mountains!

8.  Love the red velvet and glittery green snowflake!  Classic Christmas colours!


All of my supplies were from my own stash of craft stuff (most of the ribbon I had bought over the years from Michaels)!  I loved the challenge of wrapping these gifts with stuff I had.  And I think I succeeded in making the impact I was going for!  Now my craft stash is going to shrink this season…making room for more stuff!  Love it!  😉

You can find Part 2 Glitter and Part 3 Merry & Bright here.

 Have a beautiful day!




  1. Jessica Anderson says:

    Love it!! Thanks for the ideas!!


  3. I am definitely thinking about using kraft paper for the majority of my Christmas wrapping. I like how I can dress it up for any occasion! I have crazy organizing fantasies about only having one roll of wrapping paper, lol. Can I ask where you purchased your kraft paper? I’ve looked on Amazon but I have to admit I haven’t looked anywhere else yet.

  4. I only keep two rolls of wrapping paper- brown craft and white craft. There hasn’t been a gift giving situation yet that I haven’t been able to use one of these and some decorative ribbon and, sometimes, a decorative stamp for birthday or anniversary wishes etc. It is so much easier to store a few rolls of ribbon and some simple decorative items than multiple rolls of paper for every occasion. Thanks for the fresh ideas for dressing up Christmas packages– they will come in handy this year!!

  5. stephanie says:

    fantastic … love them all

  6. I am a HIGE fan or wrapping with kraft paper :) I started using it to wrap bday party gifts so mu kids could color on them. I love all yours :) So pretty! I totally have Christmas on the brain!

  7. I am a major gift wrap geek and I also happen to LOVE kraft paper. These ideas are so fun!

    I’m having a gift wrapping party in a couple of weeks and this post has me totally inspired!

  8. Jo-Anna, these are all so cute! Great ideas! I want to start my wrapping early this year so at least that’s out of the way. :)

  9. These are gorgeous! I think it means so much when you spend time making the packaging beautiful as well.

  10. Those are so pretty! I stick with fabric or bags since my packages never come out nice.

    My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays, running Sunday through Thursday. I would love if you would link up!

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  11. I love craft paper – everything looks so chic & stylish with it! I especially love the sequins :)

  12. The white poms are my favorite!


  14. Kraft paper is such a great idea. For some odd reason, michaels doesnt sell them…where do you usually buy them from?

  15. Kraft paper makes such a lovely “canvas” for the decorations. Love these ideas!

  16. Amazing ideas! I never know how to get the perfect wrapping, but these are adorable. I’m pinning this to refer to as Christmas gets closer.

  17. What pretty ideas!

  18. I just noticed the tag says ‘To Mom’ :)

  19. This is really pretty. I hope you will link this up to The CSI Project today or tomorrow. The challenge of the week is Creative gift wrapping. Come on over!

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  22. Our family has used this idea for years. We refer to it as “brown paper packages tied up with string” and we love it. You can buy a huge roll of inexpensive brown paper at builders supply stores as it is often used to protect surfaces during construction. For decorations, Michaels has a great selection of decorative picks to dress them up. And we save the ornaments and ribbons to be reused again the following year.

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