Brown paper packages tied up with string…

…these are a few of my favorite things!  That song will now be stuck in your head all day long.  You’re welcome:)  Today I’m sharing some fun ways to personalize gift wrap.

We put our tree up over Thanksgiving break, but I’m just now sharing it with you today because I wanted to get some pretty gifts underneath it first:)

I decided to go with brown kraft paper this year, paint, and sparkles, of course.

I was getting ready to purchase some brown paper online when I ran across some at the Dollar Tree.  Yep, you heard me right.  The Dollar Tree carries it!  Well, they call it brown mailing paper, but it’s the perfect weight to wrap with.  I decided to personalize the paper so I wrapped first and then dolled it all up.  I painted some with stencils…

And added some sparkly elastic ribbon from Target {$3 for a roll with silver and red} and added an ornament on some {$1 for 12 ornaments at the Dollar Tree}.   You might recognize those ornaments from here:)

On other packages, I decided to Mod Podge on some doilies to look like pretty snowflakes.  I basically just painted on the Mod Podge with a paper towel and then stuck the doily to it.

I used cheapo doilies I had at school for crafts {and never used}.

Once I laid them over the Mod Podge, I went back over top and wiped a little bit over just for extra security.

I had a small gift for my sister-in-law so i just cut some of the circles off the doilies and glued them to the box to look like little snowflakes.

Cute, huh?

*Side note-don’t do this on your carpeted living room floor with a largish dog around.  He may decide he wants to run laps and knock your whole jar of Mod Podge over without you realizing it.  Then you may look over and see a large white puddle on the floor and an empty Mod Podge jar nearby.  Then you may have to quickly google how to get Mod Podge out of carpet and pour hot water all over your floor to get it out {you’re welcome by the way-it works}.  I’m not saying I know this from experience, I’m just saying to plan accordingly.

We kept our tree pretty simple.  Lots of white lights, neutral ornaments, and a big gold star.  Some of our ornaments have words painted on them, but other than that, it’s nice and simple.  Our tree skirt was $10 from Walmart a few years ago and it was a bit small for our big, full tree so this year I took some scrap muslin I had laying around and added about 5 inches by ruffling the fabric and hot gluing it to the underside of the gold skirt.  It looks so pretty with the brown packages all around it.

I spray painted some of our old brown ornaments with winter gray and white gloss spray paint from Rust-oleum.  They fit in so well with our gray slipcovers and white pillows.  You can read more about those lettered ornaments over at the CSI Project this week!  They make a great gift:)

Ok, your turn.  Thoughts?  Do you like the brown packages or are you more of a sparkles and santa type gifter?  I’d love to hear!

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  1. Angela Jones says:

    I love the wrapping and because you made it, makes the gifts that much more special knowing the TLC that went into them! And your tree looks beautiful too!

  2. I am all for the simple brown paper. Easy to recycle and you get to be creative with it. Your tree and gifts look very pretty.

  3. I love that you spray painted ornaments! I have a few that could use a little update.

  4. that is such a great idea … the paper ! i love the ornaments too !!

  5. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found you via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

  6. Love this tutorial. Its such a cute Christmas idea!

  7. I dig the paper packaging! Thanks for linking up!

  8. I really like how those doilies look this is great I’d love you to add it to my What We Wore and Made link party over at

  9. This is so pretty!! Hope you can link it up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now. (And red during the holidays!)

  10. I just posted hand painted gift wrap on my blog as well. Love the idea of letters! I invite you to enter the giveaway I have going on right now:

  11. This is really cool! Thanks so much for sharing – I am definitely going to try and do this!

  12. Hi there, what a delightful way to decorate your wrapped gifts. I have lots of doillies but never thought of cutting them up to spruce up my gifts. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  13. Kay Dougherty says:

    Looks beautiful and who would have ever thought………!


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