Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Simple + Inexpensive Christmas Gift Wrapping


Christmas gift wrapping doesn't need to be elaborate or expensive in order to be special. A simple, handmade touch really can make all the difference. In wrapping up books for our annual Christmas book advent I wanted to get a little creative and here's a sampling of what I came up with using leftovers from our little book page stocking bunting + a few other supplies I had on hand.

I had a lot of fun with a roll of brown packing paper from the dollar store as my blank canvas. With just a few paper scraps, punched circles and other small details, these boring brown packages were made beautiful in a matter of minutes. There certainly isn't anything fancy here, but I do love the way 
they turned out. 

To label each package for our Christmas book countdown I created two pages in photoshop with 12  blue + red circles on each. I added the numbers 1 through 24 in the circles, printed them on 8.5" X 11" white paper and punched them all out to attach to their corresponding package. 
I used one of my new favorite fonts ostrich sans

See this post for a list of favorite Christmas books that we've used in our annual book countdown.

If you enjoyed this post you might also like the little book page stocking bunting that I created using the same papers pictured above. I had 1 of each 12 X 12 sheet of paper and I still have some leftover after creating both the bunting and wrapping all 24 of our Christmas books!




Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.

17 comments:

  1. I love this! I have some leftovers from scrapbook paper. Perfect!

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  2. Love your different packaging ideas, so creative to use your scraps! And they look fantastic too!

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  3. These are really cute.

    Anne xx

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  4. Oh, Rebecca, these are gorgeous! What a beautiful family tradition. If we're blessed with little ones I would love to do this with them.

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  5. How funny- I was just telling the hubs that this was what I wanted to do this year. Beautiful!

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  6. I do love kraft paper and always have a big roll of it on hand. We use it for wrapping too, often embellished with raffia, small sprigs of cedar, and pine cones.

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  7. these are beautiful. I love the simplicity of them :)

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  8. I would have such a hard time unwrapping, these beautiful gifts.
    Angelina

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  9. Gosh, these are so pretty!!! I have lots of brown paper at home too...I'm taking your idea! Very elegant and rustic!

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  10. I need to get myself a roll of craft paper to wrap packages this year. Just lovely.

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  11. I love this. I need brown paper! And your knack for making things!

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  12. We do a Christmas picture book advent too! I let the kids pick out which books they want to open each day though. I have some wrapped in brown paper and wrapping papter.

    Yours are lovely.

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  13. LOVE! These are so cute! I featured you this week in my Friday I'm In Love favorites!!
    http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2012/12/friday-im-in-love-with-pretty-packages.html

    XOXO
    Jenn @ Social Salutations

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  14. These are too cute! Sometimes simple is so stunning.

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  15. so simple and beautiful Rebecca!!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/christmas-holiday-ideas/

    Happy Holidays!

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  16. SO pretty! We did the book advent this year too! Yours are almost too pretty to open! :)

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