12 Days of Savings |Day 10 – Make your own wrapping paper

December 16, 2014

I am a gift bag kinda gal, but during Christmas I do actually like to wrap gifts. I am not a fan of the typical Christmas Wrapping paper (that is reserved for “Santa”). I like to be different and make my own (what shock, huh?). I saw an article way back when on using recycled kraft paper.

You can order 800 ft for only $21.00 or even just 40 ft Recycled Kraft Paper for $5.67. That will last you for awhile! You can then decorate it any way you like.


I love this post from Wit and Whistle on how to decorate your kraft wrapping paper. Last year I took silver and gold sharpies along with some twine and mini blubs. It was super easy and inexpensive. You can find many of the items at JoAnns. Make sure to use their coupons and app to get an even better deal. They are like Kohls – don’t ever pay full price there!


You can even combine some traditional wrapping paper with ribbon!


This year I am going to try something like the above picture. I want to use up some of my burlap and other material wrapped with twine. I have some fake poinsettas and french horns that I bought off a local B/S/T group for a few dollars. I am going to tie those onto the packages. Let’s hope they turn out how I envisioned!


I wanted to use some sticky dots but I have had a hard time finding red and green. I found a few at office max, but they were pretty expensive. I found some hot pink, neon green, and white ones at Big Lots for $.98, so I will reserve that for a birthday party in the future.

You can also just use ribbon or twine! Kraft Paper is my fav, because it is so versatile, clean, and can go with any holiday or age group.

Enjoy and let me know if you have any other great kraft paper wrapping ideas.


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  • Reply Priscilla December 20, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I’m totally non-artsy/craftsy. Unfortunately my mom’s amazing talent didn’t pass down to me. 🙁 But since we often use brown paper bags turned inside out as gift wrap, we’re totally going to start decorating it using your suggestions. So easy, but so gorgeous!

  • Reply heather December 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

    with wrapping paper at $5 a roll these days, this idea is so awesome! I love how you use recycled materials as well, to save on that trash! great ideas for any gift giving time!

  • Reply Farrah December 19, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Great idea! I will have to give this a shot. I hate how wasteful wrapping paper is.

  • Reply Kelly Bisciotti December 18, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Just lovely. Fabulous idea. I love the idea of creating something beautiful from other materials and you’ve given me the perfect inspiration for the large sheets of packing paper that came with my online orders! Sharing!

    • KatharineRosemary
      Reply KatharineRosemary December 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you Kelly! I do love it when you can find a way to reuse something that you already have. Isn’t it the best?!

  • Reply Jeanette E. December 18, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I love this! Growing up I remember using newspaper and decorating it for a fun twist on wrapping paper. I saw a post with sewn reusable wrapping paper too! If I get handy enough with the sewing machine I may try that…but this looks more customizable, easy and fast!

    • KatharineRosemary
      Reply KatharineRosemary December 18, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Jeanette, I totally remember using newspaper as a kid. The comics were the best! The sewn reusable wrapping paper sounds great too. I do have to say that the Kraft Paper is just so quick and easy. You can’t go wrong there.

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