As soon as I finish a post featuring my latest kraft paper gift wrap ideas, I’m immediately thinking about wrapping ideas for the next one. And with last year’s festive installment of fun gift wrap ideas going bonkers on Pinterest right now, it’s clear that finding a creative way to wrap presents when all you have in the house is brown kraft paper and a black marker pen is something lots of us have had to do at some point. For all five of the gift wrap ideas in this post, all you need is brown kraft paper and a black pen (and scissors and tape of course). The ideas are super-easy, and won’t take long to do, so they’re great options for any last-minute gift wrapping emergencies.
1 DOOR & WREATH
I drew a very simple door outline onto the wrapped gift with a black Sharpie. To make the wreath, I cut a piece of brown kraft paper 20cm x 5cm (scale up or down for larger or smaller wreaths). I folded the piece of paper in half and cut slits at an angle (as if you were making a paper feather) all the way down the length (stop about 0.5cm from the fold). Stick the two ends together and form into a circle, then open up the ‘branches’ Fix to the gift with tape.
2 BAKER’S TWINE
Simple baker’s twine is perfect for a classic and simple Christmas wrapping solution… unless you’ve run out of twine! I’ve just used short pen lines to fake up a piece of twine wrapped in a bow around the gift. You may want to draw the lines first in pencil so you have a guide to follow when you add the pen. If you do this, remember to rub out the pencil lines once the pen is dry.
3 PAPER HOLLY GIFT TOPPER
Another twist on that Christmas gift wrap classic – brown paper topped with a sprig of foliage. To make the holly leaves, fold a piece of brown kraft paper in half, cut the shape of one half of the holly leaf, and open up. Draw a twig onto the gift with the black pen, stick the leaves along it with tape or glue, and then add the holly berries.
4 BOX OF BAUBLES
Draw lines to divide the box into a grid, and then sketch a bauble into some (or all) of the squares. Mine are pretty rough and ready – you could take more time with patterns and detail if you like a cleaner look.
5 CUTE REINDEER FACE
I struggled with this reindeer’s face for a while before I realised that it was the eyes I couldn’t perfect. As soon as I swapped them for closed eyes, I was happy with the design! To make the horns I cut out a piece of brown kraft paper approx 20cm x 10cm. I cut a 5-7cm slit down the middle of one of the shorter ends of the strip, and then twisted the strip so it was like a small branch or twig. Then I stuck the horns to the back of the gift with tape. I’d love to try one with a red pompom nose!