Brown paper packages tied up with string are for sure one of our favorite things, what with that simple, nostalgic aesthetic going on. One of our other favorite things is putting a modern twist on something classic, so look out, butcher paper — here comes the color! Order a few rolls of butcher kraft paper ($10), then bookmark your favorite gift wrap ideas below to get ready for the holidays.
2. Rainbow Garland ($18+): This paper garland makes the whole “tied up with string” part of wrapping so merry and bright.
5. Free-Hand Paint: Okay, seasonal wrapping paper can get expensive, but the beauty of brown butcher paper is it’s way easy to paint your own unique design. Your loved ones will love it. (via Made + Remade)
6. Children’s Book-Inspired Presents: “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” With wrapping like this, you won’t be seeing any Grinches on Christmas morning. (via You Are My Fave)
10. Wine Bottle Wrapper: The details are subtle, and yet… Wrap that wine bottle in kraft paper for a look that is a thousand times classier than presenting it in a crinkled brown paper bag. (via Terrain)
14. Parcel Presents: If you’re loving the vintage look of butcher paper as gift wrap, go all the way with decorative classic air mail stickers. Way more fun (and prettier) than actually shipping boxes these days. (via LMNOP)
16. Interactive Gift Wrap: Look, we were all kids once, so we know the score. Kids peek at their presents. They just do. This year, try distracting them with a few “early” gifts like crayons on white butcher paper, tree decoration stickers and crossword puzzles. (via Lines Across)
17. Faux Chalkboard: Your hand-lettering is getting sooo good, so you should show it off. But you don’t need actual chalkboard paper to achieve this gift wrap. Instead, create the effect with black kraft paper and a white paint pen. (via Going Home to Roost)
19. Potato Stamps: The humble spud isn’t just for mashing up for Christmas dinner. Follow this tutorial to learn how to carve them into stamps and create your own patterned butcher paper. (via Brit + Co)
21. Food Wrapper: Don’t forget butcher paper’s roots. Instead of plastic wrap or foil, use butcher paper to fancy up whatever holiday cookies or gift baskets you’re putting together this year. (via HGTV)
How will you be snazzing up your gift wrap this year? Share your favorite ideas in the comments!