Krafting a Christmas

words and images: Janna Wilson

For years I’ve loved the simple goodness of kraft paper packages and have used it to wrap holiday presents, as well as birthday gifts and other goodies. This holiday I decided to experiment with some interesting ways to make my simple packages snazzy and festive with a handmade touch. With just a few supplies from your craft stash, you can create customized gift wrap and one-of-a-kind gift bags to place under the tree.

 

Supplies:

kraft gift wrap and/or bags

ink  (black and white)

paint brush (no. 2 and no. 8 round)

chalk marker

scrapbook supplies (patterned papers, stickers, paper punches, decorative tapes)

ribbons, greenery (boxwood sprigs)

tape and scissors

 

Tips:

Create hand-lettered gift wrap with  Christmas songs or Bible verses.

Use your circle punch to add dots to a simple kraft package.

Create a snazzy gift tag with scrapbook stickers.

Add color with ribbons, stickers and greenery.

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How to:

Packages 1 and 2

Use ink and brush to letter favorite holiday song lyrics, verses, or seasonal sayings on brown paper. This is a great neutral background for tying on pretty bows, adding pops of color with stickers, or popping in some greenery. I like using ink best because it flows smoother than paint, but you can try either.

Giftbag

I keep kraft gift bags on hand at all times. A chalk marker works wonderfully to pen “Jingle Bells” on the front of the bag. Try this with some other colors of markers and perhaps highlight specific words within the text design for a colorful effect.

 

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Gift 4

Kraft paper is old-school but make it sparkle under the tree with a few touches of gold foil and glitter. I used foil stickers, strips and scrapbook paper (me & my BIG ideas™) with a glittered letter (Sugar
Paper®) tied on.

 

Gift 5

Glittered paper and decorative tapes are a quick and fabulous way to add fun dotted accents to a wrapped package. Add a handmade tag with similar circular elements for the perfect finishing touch. Take advantage of pre-made glittered stickers and package add-ons rather than making a glittery mess.

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