This is super late, but so was my semester, so here I am! If you still have gifts to wrap for a delayed Christmas or have other gift-giving occasions, I hope this helps add some personality to your presents. There is a special quality of being able to sit and wrap something really well – and I honestly usually throw my gifts into a bag and add some tissue, but starting last year, kraft paper comes in to save the day.
What you need:
- A roll of kraft postal paper (shipping section of Target, $5 USD)
- Bakers twine (I found this in the dollar section of Target, but at any craft supply store like Michael’s or Joann, $1-$3 USD)
- Wink of Stella brush pen in “glitter white” (Michael’s, jetpens.com, potentially Amazon, $8 USD)
- You could also use a black Sharpie or other black brush pen in lieu
First, wrap your box. Postal paper is lovely and much thicker than wrapping paper, and is beautifully simple.
Second, pick a phrase. For these, I chose “merry, bright,” “joy” and “peace.” Carefully letter it onto the package. The white Wink of Stella can take some getting used to because it’s a longer soft brush, so if you are just starting, practice on a separate sheet first!
Third, add twine. Once the ink dries, wrap the twine around it. It was hard to capture this step, but I wrapped it twice horizontally around the middle, then twisted to change directions to go vertical.
Fourth, tie it off and admire!
I’m planning on doing this for all my gifts from now on – if I’m not too lazy next time that is… If you do something similar show me – tag me on Instagram at @prettyprintsandpaper – I’d love to see your style!