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Brown paper packages, tied up with string… Easy holiday gift wrapping with natural and homemade touches, including foraged greens, dried oranges and cinnamon ornaments.
Good morning friends! How is your week going so far, are you getting a little anxious for Christmas? I am amazed that December is going by so fast, I know I have said that every day but it’s true. This is the fastest month of the year and next week is Christmas!
Although Christmas is my favorite holiday and I typically have all of my shopping, wrapping, and decorating finished by the first 2 weeks of November this year, I didn’t.
All of my Christmas boxes were out and the trees up but for weeks they just sat with the lights on and not one ornament.
I decided to be festive but I scaled back. I didn’t unpack all of the boxes and I only decorated with our favorite ornaments. I strung cranberries, dried orange slices, made cinnamon ornaments and foraged in my yard and on my walks for holly, greens, mistletoe, pinecones and whatever else I could find to add a touch of nature and character to our decor.
The gifts have been the same, piled in baskets waiting to be wrapped and decked out in Christmas finery. Until yesterday when I realized Christmas is 11 days away and I need to get myself in gear and my stuff to Fed-ex.
My foraged decorating also became part of my wrapping as well and I love how each package turned out. “Brown paper packaging, tied up with string” an easy and beautiful way to wrap gifts.
As I am not a very crafty person let me assure you that this is easy to replicate and you could probably do it this with things you have in your house and yard right now.
Easy Holiday Gift Wrapping
1. Brown craft paper, you could also use brown grocery or lunch bags or brown mailing paper.
2. Red and white Twine or brown jute twine, yarns, butchers twine or whatever you have.
3. Mistletoe, holly sprigs, candy canes, dried orange slices, cinnamon ornaments, pine sprigs, cinnamon sticks, star anise, pine cones or other foraged elements. You can also ask at the tree farm or local hardware store for leftover cuttings.
4. Gift tags. Make your own, use what you have, hand letter or paint one.
5. Scissors and tape.
NOTE: If you are artistic and I am not, you could purchase white markers and decorate the brown paper packages like gingerbread houses which would be very cool and a great activity for the kids.
Wrap your gifts, add your twine and then affix your foraged greens, herbs, spices, or dried fruits. Add the gift tag and you are finished. Let your kids help you out, send them into the yard to find things to use to decorate their gifts.
I hope that in the rush of the season that you find time to relax and savor all of the things you enjoy about the holidays. Have a great day!
I hope that you have a wonderful day I am headed to Fed-ex as soon as I finish here.
Take care and thank you for spending part of your day with me. I will see you tomorrow.
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Salty Pumpkin Studio says
Brown craft paper, and brown speckled paper are favorites. The gifts always look good.
I love gift wrapping especially with lo-key papers and butcher's twine!
I use my year before Christmas cards which I cut, trim, punch with a hole, add the twine, as my gift tags! It's not that I'm cheap, just like re-reading old cards and then recycling them, lol!
Your packages look very pretty Elizabeth – love the dried orange slices which must smell awesome.
No rushing for me this year – all done except baking which is on the calendar for later this week into early next week – English traditional mince pies, almond cookies, ginger crinkles, tiny savory olive and onion biscuits to serve with Stilton cheese . . . . and perhaps more.
No Christmas Eve party this year so less required. Will enjoy the hearth, music, clinking glasses with Bob and just relaxing and recalling the reason for the season. . . . .and praying for 2021 to be a better year.
Stay well – be safe.
Hugs – Mary
I want to say that if the pandemic has had one positive affect it is that our family is now celebrating the Holidays in a more traditional and less glittery, less expensive way. We are making more homemade gifts and spending less time shopping and spending less money. I think we are actually teaching our children and grandchildren some of the fun and beauty of the “older ways”. When I was a child the entire family (moms,dads, aunts, uncles, and cousins) went into the woods to find usable things in nature with which to decorate. My uncle was an artist who decorated famous store windows for the holidays. We all helped paint our nature finds for him to use while munching on homemade cookies and cocoa. It was a wonderful and memorable way to get into the Christmas spirit. It will always be one of my most valued and delightful memories. I wish today’s young folks could have those lovely, creative family times.
Kathleen, this makes my heart sing! Thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful memories! I can close my eyes and imagine myself sitting with you munching on cookies and cocoa. I think that over the last 20-25 years we have moved beyond the true meaning of the holidays which is gathering family and friends and sharing food, memories, time and love. Thankfully I have a family that is ALL ABOUT tradition and it is the most wonderful time of the year because of it. Thank you again for making my day with this beautiful comment.
Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says
This is my kind of gift wrap Elizabeth! Love your natural combinations especially the orange slices!
Thank you Michelle, at this time of year easy is always a nice option.
Have a very Merry Christmas!
Katie Clooney says
I could have used you this morning, Elizabeth. The Mr. and I did all of our wrapping and they are the saddest-looking presents you will ever see! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year!
Katie, I hope that you have an amazing Christmas! Thank you for your friendship and beautiful blog. You make dark day bright and sunny days even brighter.
This gift wrap is so beautiful Elizabeth! I feel like a lot of people did a scaled-back or a same but different kind of Christmas this year. My parents did that this year and it worked out so well for them. Love the packages you put together and all the accents you created to make them extra special. They’re so pretty! Hugs, CoCo
Thank you Coco! I think the last 3 years have changed many or maybe just me. I hope that you have a wonderful holiday. Safe travels as you run back and forth to all of your activities. Elizabeth