Yes, I DID Wrap All of My Christmas Presents in Newspaper and Brown Paper Bags

Santa printable on a brown paper package

I changed tactics when I began wrapping my daughters’ presents. We go through a lot of print-outs in our homeschool–handwriting sheets, spelling lists, vocabulary terms, etc–so I ran the blank sides of our used paper back through my laser printer and printed out a selection of Christmas-themed printables with which I decoupaged some of their gifts.

present wrapped in newspaper and decoupaged with printables
present wrapped in newspapers and decorated with Nativity printables and stickers from Country Living Deck the Halls

Overall, I liked this method a LOT. The cutting and gluing is quick and simple, the variety of free Christmas-themed printables available online is mind-boggling, and it’s easy to make each wrapped gift very different from the others. I also like how easy it is to embellish even odd-sized packages. I had a hell of a time wrapping the very odd-shaped gift above (a Zome Tool kit, because I absolutely pretend that homeschool supplies are presents), but it took just a couple of minutes to print, cut out, and glue together the vintage jointed-limb paper Santa printable onto it, and then to use a little hot glue and embroidery thread to attach a tear-away gift tag from Country Living Deck the Halls.

On the other hand… I don’t know what kind of printer YOU have, but whenever I print something, I feel the way that my Pappaw probably feels when he watches one of us kids just stand in front of the refrigerator with the door open while we decide what we want. That drives Pappaw bonkers because it’s like he can feel the pennies leaching out of his pocket for the electric bill, and when I watch all that pricey ink leaving my print cartridges, I feel the same way!

gift wrapped in newspaper, with a tag from Christmas Crafts
gift wrapped in newspaper, with a tag from Country Living Deck the Halls

And that’s when I had enough, and I thought, “Who cares if the present is wrapped in newspaper? You know what’s inside? A PRESENT!!!”

All the rest of the presents under the tree are simple, wrapped in plain newspaper with a single gift tag to decorate them. And you know, I actually think that they look pretty cute there, all mitchy-matchy to each other, and understated in their black-and-white compared to the multi-colored cacophony that is our kid-decorated Christmas tree.

I’m no longer a newspaper and brown paper bag wrapping paper apologist.

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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