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.


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

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

  3. These are really cute.

    Anne xx

  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.

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

  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.

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  13. LOVE! These are so cute! I featured you this week in my Friday I'm In Love favorites!!

    Jenn @ Social Salutations

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

  15. so simple and beautiful Rebecca!!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

    Happy Holidays!

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


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