Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Brown Paper Christmas Gifts


I had to go out of town unexpectedly, adding a bit more stress to an already hectic month. I have the next couple of days to catch up on my Christmas posts!

While I was away, Mr. Rubbish called to see if I had any Christmas wrapping paper stashed anywhere. I did not, so I told him to use brown paper sacks and I would decorate them when I got home. I wanted to forgo the commercial wrapping paper this year and opt for recycled wrapping instead. I used trims, ribbons, burlap and vintage broaches, from my stash, to dress up our presents.


I love the old-fashioned charm of brown paper packages.


The Trader Joe's bags are nicely decorated with white snowflakes, ornaments and holiday words, so I cut those out to make gift tags.




I stenciled white reindeer on one of the larger packages.



 I adore these little galvanized metal pots that I picked up at a yard sale for free.  They are perfect containers for my large pine cones.



My sister-in-law made us these adorable, felt Christmas boots with our initials.  Mr. Rubbish's family always used boots instead of stockings and I love the idea, especially when I have no fireplace mantle to hang stockings!


Mr. Rubbish did manage to find one remnant piece of wrapping paper from last year.  I decorated it with burlap, ribbon and mini pinecones.


Happy gift wrapping to all of you!


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17 comments:

Emily said...

Love how those look! It makes me want to re-wrap the presents under our tree...:)

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

What a charming look and wonderful idea...I hope come next year I remember it so I can copy you *smile*

I think I have finally finished using up all my commercial rolls I purchased about 8yrs ago on sale...by the time Santa wraps the doll house we should have none left...yay

Renee said...

These are absolutely charming! Love the boots, too! I love it when families take a tradition and give it twist. Have a blessed Christmas, friend!

Biljana said...

I love brown paper too, looks so beautiful:)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Yahr!!
Hugs, Biljana

Audrey Pettit said...

Your packages are absolutely beautiful!

rozetta said...

I love brown paper bag wrapping. I buy wired ribbon when it's 75% off and tie the packages with beautiful ribbon.

~elaine~

Jenny Harris said...

I love the way you've decorated your packages. I agree - plain brown paper packages are warm and classic, and are a perfect backdrop to the pretty, simple, and perfect decorative touches that you've added!

Merry Christmas!

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

I love, love, love brown paper. I'm addicted!

Your wrapping is simply delicious. I love all of the little details.

Merry Christmas!!

daphne said...

cute wrapping. . simple but very presentable:)Merry Christmas

Nan at You Could Make That said...

Amanda,

I got up this morning and saw you had joined my followers - thank you!
So - it's because of that, that I found YOUR blog! I love your things! I think you might be my younger clone! When I look at your posts, I see a strong similarity to my own! I love the idea of the stencil on the galvanized bucket. I just used a stencil on a table runner and I've been thinking of other ways I could use it! Thank you for the idea! Keep those great projects coming - your blog is beautiful! -Nan

Monica said...

SO VERY STYLISH and elegant. Love the way you have decorated the packages... wonderful. After my heart!
I think I am going to become your follower this very instant...

xxx Monica

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Kim said...

Love this post. Growing up my family also used boots under the tree. I want to make some for my own family this year. I was wondering what you used for the round inserts in yours. I believe my mom used bleach bottles but I remember the fabric would fall down around it. Looking for some ideas for when I sew mine.

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