This post will show you fun and creative gift-wrapping ideas using brown craft paper and ribbon. Everyone loves brown paper packages tied up with string, and these are sure to be a crowd pleaser!
We had so much fun teaching a Handmade Luxe Online Workshop over the last few weeks with my friend Wendy at Wm Design House. For our last workshop, we called it “Wrap it up” and we were finding creative ways to wrap our Christmas gifts this year for all of our homemade gifts we’ve made.
When my boys were small I sold painted terra cotta pots at craft shows and I had a binder with construction paper that I had drawn my designs in for customers to choose from. I would paint them while they shopped so people could see how they were made.
Those were the good ole days, but now I can draw my designs on Procreate and you can print them or just look at them and draw your own designs!
Templates For Creative Gift Wrapping
I have drawn up some designs on the Procreate app for you to copy on your packages. It’s always nice to have an idea to look at when I am drawing faces.
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Easy hand Drawn Designs for Creative Gift Wrapping
These designs can be drawn on brown craft paper or white craft paper.
I think the snowmen will look better on white gift wrapping,
Things you’ll need for Creative Gift Wrapping
- Brown craft paper
- White craft paper or wrapping paper
- Bakers Twine
- Scrapbook paper in Christmas designs
- White Paint pen
- Hole punch
- Hand drawn snoman faces
- Hand-drawn ornaments for brown paper packages tied up with string!
Use White paint pen on brown craft paper and the green on this rendering represents real ribbon.
Make your vertical lines first using a straight edge where your ribbon will be and then draw your circles. You can use a cup bottom for a stencil or something round if you aren’t confident in your circle drawing ability. These are free hand and I like that they aren’t perfect.
I drew what I call a six X where the “string” and the ornament meet. It is an X with an extra line through the middle.
Draw in a light reflection on the same side of each ornament as a semi-circle, moon effect.
Tape the ribbon around the top and you can add a name to the top portion.
- Ornament on brown craft paper
- Christmas Tree on a sled
I just thought this was a sweet idea.
- Laurel Wreath on a package
This laurel wreath and the word joy drawn in simple white paint pen on a brown paper package, or a black package with a gold paint pen!
Don’t let this design intimidate you. Try it on a test paper and see how easy it is to draw!
You can make these candle designs in several ways. This one is hand drawn. You can cut Christmas scrapbook paper into long rectangles and glue them down with a glue stick and draw on the flames. The other way is washi tape.
- Washi tape Candle packages
This is done with washi tape and hand-drawn flames using a bright yellow marker. I love how this turned out!
- Ribbon Tree
This one might be my favorite. You need a ribbon that is pretty on both sides like gross grain.
It is so fun and 3D.
You will want to start at the top of your package with a dot of hot glue and let that set up a second so it will not slide around. Put another dot of gluea few inches down and to the right.
Let that set up and fold over and another dot of glue down and farther to the left. Then repeat in the shape of a tree the length of your package folding over the last end just a bit and gluing down.
Add a paper star or a star ornament to the top.
- Accordian tree
Cut a triangle the shape of a Christmas tree a bit bigger than you want it to be on your package.
Fold it accordion style starting at the bottom.
As it is folded up, punch a hole through all of the folds and string bakers twine through the hole.
Wrap the twine around your package and tie a bow at the top of the tree.
- Hand-drawn reindeer package
This one is so adorable.
You need a black paint pen or marker, a white paint pen, a felt ball or pom pom, and ribbon.
Hot glue your felt ball and bow tie ribbon for best results.
More about the project
I used brown cardstock for some of this project because I don’t have any presents bought yet. I am not too proud to say that. LOL
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you use markers instead of paint pens on Packages
Yes, but white and metallic colors will show up better from paint pens rather than markers. I used markers for the black, brown, and green, and a white chalk paint pen for the rest.
I hope you’ll let me know if you use these images and if you love them!
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